Lead Psychological Therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Apr 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Perinatal Mental Health Team Psychological Therapist, Band 7 - Parent-Infant Psychological Therapist.

Bradford District Care Foundation NHS Trust are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to be part of their perinatal mental health team, the Specialist Mother and Baby Mental Health service.

Perinatal Mental Health Teams are secondary care mental health teams that specialise in supporting women in the perinatal period who have severe and complex mental health difficulties. We assess and treat a range of difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, personality disorders and eating disorders.

We are a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatry, psychological therapists, nursing, occupational therapy, and nursery nursing. The service works closely with maternity/obstetric services as well as other agencies (e.g., midwifery, health visiting and social services). We also have close links with the Mother-Baby Unit (MBU) inpatient units.

Closing date - 9th April 2023

Shortlisting date 10th April 2023

Interview date - 25th April 2023

Main duties of the job

The service has a growing team of perinatal psychological therapists who are committed to providing evidence-based interventions to mothers, infants and their families that are accessible and acceptable to the diverse population that we serve in Bradford, Airedale and Craven area. Although service supports professional development you must be passionate about parent-infant relationships.

The post advertised is to work across Bradford, Airedale and Craven providing therapy in mothers' homes as well as clinic spaces. The postholder will be dedicated to ensure access to therapy is improved and therefore will be willing to work flexibly.

This position is open to applicants who are qualified, accredited therapists-please see person specification. Candidates must have proven experience of assessment and therapeutic skills in a mental health setting and ideally experience of providing parent-infant therapeutic interventions or a willingness to do further training in this area. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team in Adult Mental Health provision.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Additional cost of living payments for bands 1 - 7

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Service operates Monday-Friday; 9.00am-5.00pm however successful applicants would be expected to have the flexibility to work occasional extended hours to facilitate service effectiveness. Car driver essential.

All applicants must have excellent clinical skills and confidence and enthusiasm for working with partner agencies in networks that extend beyond traditional specialist mental health boundaries.

Please read the attached job description and the person specification for further information regarding this role

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Essential criteria Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. AND Experienced of providing dyadic therapy with parents and infants. OR Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in a psychotherapeutic modality AND Experienced of providing dyadic therapy with parents and infants AND Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP via: (a) Professional route; requiring previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW. or (b) where applicable, the KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) route (e.g. with the BABCP).
  • Leadership training. Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience. VIG Watch, Wait and Wonder Mentalization ITSIEY modules at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Application Form Interview Certificates
Experience Essential
  • Experience in relevant area of mental health practice
  • Application of evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Clinical leadership experience.
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice.
  • Experience delivering psychological therapies to groups of patients.
  • Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies.
  • Experience of delivering psychological therapies to people with psychosis (CBTp/ FI)
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training.
  • Research awareness.
  • Involvement in clinical research programmes.
Skills Essential
  • Be able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
  • Communication: written and verbal Articulate and meaningful, legible.
  • Able to autonomous decisions using judgement.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision.
  • Competent clinical skills i.e. assessment, therapeutic interventions and management.
  • Supervising learners and other staff.
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
  • Skills in self-management including time management.
  • Skills in group work.

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