Principal Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Perinatal Care
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
The Gloucestershire Perinatal Mental Health Service are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a Principal Clinical Psychologist (Band 8a) to join our team.

The Perinatal Mental Health Service aspires to provide excellent, perinatal mental health care for women and birthing people, their infants and their families, and to deliver the commitments set out in the NHS Long Term plan.

The service prioritises access and care for women with moderate to severe mental health difficulties who are most in need of specialist, comprehensive, multi-agency coordinated care.

The perinatal mental health team works closely with general adult services, maternity services, primary care and social care services to ensure that the needs of such patients are better understood and met.

The successful candidate will be closely integrated into and meet regularly with the multi-disciplinary team which has expanded significantly over the last 12 months. They will be joining a supportive and engaged Psychology team, MDT and wider service, and will receive regular supervision and CPD as well as informal support.

The successful candidate will be based at Pullman Place in Gloucester and is required to travel regularly across Gloucestershire. Therefore, the post holder must be able to meet the travel requirements for this post.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for promoting the psychological health and well-being of perinatal clients in the perinatal mental health team/service and to provide specialist guidance to other staff members when required.
  • To support the wider health and social care environment in raising awareness around perinatal mental health issues in general and within psychological therapy approaches.
  • To directly provide and coordinate highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention services to individuals/ groups/organisations, using a variety of applied psychology models.
  • To clinically supervise pre-qualified psychology staff and provide placements and supervision to Doctoral Clinical Psychology trainees
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development
  • To be named Care Co-ordinator for designated clients

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

We would welcome applicants who have a special interest in working with perinatal women, their baby and the wider systems around them. We are looking for a clinician who is a strong team player and has the ability to adapt and change to meet the needs of the service and service users. We are also keen to hear from candidates who may not have worked previously in perinatal, but who feel they have the transferable skills to enable to them to succeed in this role.

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from Ethnic minorities, LGBTQ and disabled candidates.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a Veteran Aware Trust, evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right hand side, titled Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology, as accredited by the BPS (or equivalent level health-relevant Applied Psychology training, as accredited by the professional body)
  • Registered as Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
Experience Essential
  • A minimum of 70 hours post-qualification and relevant CPD
  • Receipt of a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision working as a qualified clinical psychologist.
  • Care co-ordination or equivalent role with people with complex psychological needs
  • Specialist knowledge of perinatal mental health

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