Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Maternal Mental Health Service

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Shropshire Telford and Wrekin
Depending on experience pa
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are offering an opportunity to join Lighthouse Maternal Mental Health Service in Shropshire Telford and Wrekin. We are a Psychology led, values driven team, providing a service for families who have experienced birth trauma, pregnancy/neonatal loss, or moderate to severe distress related to fear of pregnancy/childbirth.

Band 8a or Band 7 preceptorship full time, or part time by negotiation

The post holder will be joining a supportive and friendly team, with a shared commitment to providing a family focused, compassionate service

At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a compassionate, family focused Psychologist with a keen interest in maternal mental health, to work collaboratively with colleagues in providing a service to families experiencing moderate to severe distress related to birth trauma, loss, or fear of pregnancy/childbirth.

The post holder will work closely with specialist midwives, consultants and other mental health services, to offer a holistic service for families.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

The post holder will be well supported within the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Care Group, with networking and opportunities to access peer support and support from senior colleagues across a large group of Psychologists.

Job description Job responsibilities

Provision of a psychology service within the Lighthouse: Maternal Mental Health Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, including complex mental health needs. This is to involve providing specialist psychological assessments, leading to psychological formulations of distress; interpretation and opinion; and forming judgements to inform service provision and providing necessary psychological interventions.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures. In so doing, they will be responsible for adhering to relevant Trust policies and professional ethics and standards. The post holder will be accountable for both professional and clinical actions.

As a senior clinician, the post holder will develop a field of expertise that is a basis for providing advice to the service within which they work and will contribute to service and project development across the wider Trust area. This to include leading or contributing to training, supervision and governance aspects of the specific models of service delivery.

The post holder will supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by more junior Psychologists within Lighthouse and provide peer supervisory support to colleagues as appropriate.

The post is to include the provision of training placements for Psychologists in Training as required.

The role includes employing research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent) including two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Current registration/accreditation with appropriate body
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by relevant professional body
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist. Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, individually and in groups, including psychological trauma across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and intervention, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Considerable experience of working with people with complex psychological trauma and systemic working.
  • Experience working with couples and families.
Skills Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies
Personal Attributes Essential
  • A passion and enthusiasm for working with people experiencing complex mental health problems and their families and carers
  • Able to demonstrate a positive and non-judgemental attitude towards service users and their family and carers.
  • Ability to work constructively in a multidisciplinary environment, respect others and to contain the complex demands and conflicts that this can engender.
  • Ability to develop productive therapeutic relationships with a range of service users.
  • Ability to deal with organisational stress and to effectively manage own time and resources.

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