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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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This is an exciting opportunity to join our multidisciplinary Specialist Perinatal Mental Service in Devon (26.25 hours per week - 0.7 WTE). We are a passionate and growing service which provides specialist help to mothers, with a range of perinatal mental health difficulties, their infants and families. We aim to be trauma informed and consider transgenerational patterns of trauma and attachment.

You will be part of a team of psychologists who work across our community Perinatal Mental Health teams and in our regional Mother and Baby Unit.

Our community services are actively engaged in research, and there are excellent opportunites for specialist supervision, training and development within this role.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work with our community teams in Devon to provide high quality, evidence based, psychological interventions to individuals, parents and infants, couples and families.

In addition the role will include contributing to consultation, supervision and training with the multidisciplinary team.

The successful candidate will be registered with an appropriate recognised professional body (e.g. HCPC, BABCP, UKCP).

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

The principal purpose of this job is to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of women using the Perinatal Mental Health Service, their babies and their families.

Areas of responsibility:

Providing a Clinical/Counselling Psychology/Psychological Therapy service to people using the Perinatal Mental Health service.

Holding a specialist caseload, working directly with clients and engaging where appropriate with the wider system, including the family, carers and wider services involved.

Offering specialist perinatal assessment, formulation and intervention from a trauma-informed perspective.

Promoting a psychological perspective within teams.

Providing clinical supervision for trainees and Assistant Psychologists employed by, or attached to, the Perinatal Mental Health Teams, as required.

Working autonomously within professional guidelines and exercising responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within professional and Trust guidelines.

Receiving regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body.

Observing, and abiding by all relevant Professional Codes of Conduct and Practice. The post holder will be fully registered with the appropriate recognized professional body.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent), eligible for Chartered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Status with the British Psychological Society and Registered with HCPC.
  • Psychological Therapists need to be trained to Masters level or equivalent in a specific psychological therapy and registered with an appropriate recognised professional body e.g. UKCP, BABCP.
  • Further training or experience in Perinatal Mental Health.
  • Further training in at least one (other) psychological therapy.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and intervention across a wide range of care settings.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.
  • Experience of working with perinatal and postnatal women with severe and complex mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of working under supervision in secondary care adult mental health services
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.

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