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Clinical Psychologist or Qualified Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
The opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified Clinical Psychologist or Qualified Counselling Psychologist with HCPC Accreditation, to apply for a permanent Band 8a Perinatal Psychologist, 0.6 WTE for our Hillingdon Perinatal Mental Health Service.

Band 7 and Band 8a (Preceptorship from Band 7 to Band 8a available)

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Services (PMHS) comprise of four community teams, a mother and baby unit (Coombe Wood) and the Maternal Trauma and Loss Care Service (MTLCS). We are looking for qualified psychologist to join our team, keen to expand our MDT and continue with the development of our psychologically informed pathways.

Main duties of the job

We recognise that perinatal mental health is a specialist service and we are keen to invest in the development of new psychologist joining our service to enhance their knowledge, skills, clinical practice, leadership qualities, supervision, and confidence in working in this area. We are therefore looking for applicants who either have experience in perinatal services or have a good foundation of transferable skills and an interest in perinatal work.

In addition, we are proud to be able to offer the successful applicant the opportunity to work as part of our psychological pathways and supervision structures. We offer regular specialist group CBT, EMDR, DBT and Parent-Infant therapeutic work supervision. We are committed to the ongoing development of our MDT practitioners and enhancing the psychologically informed way in which we work.

This post is available for qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologists. We are interested to receive applications from experienced Clinical Psychologists or Counselling Psychologist that may have additional qualifications and training, such as, BABCP accredited CBT, EMDR, Systemic and DBT.

About us

We are looking for a Band 8a qualified psychologists who will be in a position of leadership within our perinatal services. We are looking for motivated and committed psychologists who are passionate to lead the development of psychological therapies and the therapy pathways, including supervision of assistant psychologist, within our perinatal mental health service.

The role will be three days a week, 9.00-5.00 with an expectation that one of these days would be a Thursday to attend the team meeting. Although the role would generally be expected to work within normal working hours, the successful applicant would be expected to have the flexibility to work occasional extended opening hours to facilitate early or late clinic appointments, home visits or training. Working locations will be a combination of community home visits, clinics and remote working.

Job description Job responsibilities

The team works closely with Maternity, as well as with local community and inpatient mental health services, primary care services, social services and a wide range of other statutory and third sector organisations.

The applicant must have excellent clinical skills, and experience with a wide variety of patient groups across the whole life span. In addition to the focus on maternal mental health, specialist perinatal mental health services also consider the family context and the infant and parent-infant relationship.

Applicants must have a proven ability to formulate, document, implement and review plans for the psychological treatment and management of women with a full range of clinical presenting problems. They should demonstrate and ability to thoroughly assess risk, to formulate safe and effective risk management plans and document and communicate these clearly and effectively.

We are looking for well-rounded and experienced psychologist with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They must be keen to work pro-actively and be confident and motivated as well as flexible and able to show initiative.They must be robust and resourceful and willing to work in an environment which can be demanding and challenging.

We expect applicants to have experience of managing their own caseloads in a complex multidisciplinary/multiagency context. We also expect applicants to have experience of participating in formal child protection procedures and of being involved in interagency work with families. An awareness of current policies and practice in this area is essential.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as qualified therapist and being able to manage complex cases as and when appropriate
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care etc
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Evidence of qualification and accreditation in supervision (EMDR accredited supervisor, CBT trained supervisor or equivalent training/supervision training
  • Experience of working within a Trauma Informed Care framework
  • Evidence and experience of leadership; service development initiative, research initiative, working group leadership, change management etc
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of delivering supervision, models of supervision and training to be a supervisor.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
Training & Qualification Essential
  • Post-graduate university qualification in accredited psychological therapy or doctoral level training in clinical psychology or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Proof on ongoing CPD and training to ensure up to date practice and application of skills.
  • Post-graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice related to perinatal mental health such as CBT, family therapy, DBT, VIG etc.
  • Post-graduate training and qualification in supervision of specialist model.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Ability to demonstrate competent risk assessment and to develop and deliver a robust risk management plan.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Experience leading a working group or project group.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Evidence of training and qualification in second therapeutic model.
  • Ability to complete and interpret structured standardised cognitive and neurodevelopmental assessments.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, service evaluation and audit design.

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