This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established Inpatient Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in the context of a Perinatal Mental Health Service undergoing expansion. The role is part of a full multidisciplinary team comprising psychiatry, psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, nursery nurses and HCAs. Mothers with severe mental health problems are admitted to the MBU with their babies, or sometimes in the third trimester of pregnancy and a range of therapeutic interventions are available. The team work closely with local perinatal community mental health teams across a large area, as well as the perinatal inreach/outreach team. There are two Consultant Clinical Psychologist Leads inputting to the MBU and across the community, leading on maternal mental health and infant mental health respectively.
We are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in perinatal mental health. An understanding of both maternal and infant mental health is important as well as skills in interventions to supporting parent-infant relationships (or willingness to develop this). You will work both directly with mothers, babies and families providing specialist psychological assessment and intervention. A key part of the role is also the indirect work, by liaising with and supporting ward staff to ensure psychologically-informed care. This involves attending regular ward reviews and MDT meetings and developing other aspects of psychological provision on the unit. The role may also involve management and supervision of qualified and/or unqualified psychologists.
Applicants will need to have a genuine interest in perinatal psychological therapies, excellent communication skills, and a good knowledge of safeguarding. Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable, and/or a keen interest in this specialist area. Applications from Band 7 Clinical Psychologists who meet the criteria of the person specification are also invited. You will receive specialist supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in perinatal mental health and specialist training as required by the role.
The base is at the Barberry National Centre for Mental Health, Vincent Drive, Birmingham. Travel to other sites within the Trust may be required.
You will join a friendly and supportive regional perinatal Psychology Service that offers excellent opportunities for research, personal development and special interests, that is committed to providing training and supervision opportunities for its staff and that supports networking, exchange of good practice and peer support amongst Psychologists and members of other disciplines across the Trust. We have an exceptionally strong and productive tradition of Research and Innovation, very well-established links with Birmingham University and other academic institutions and enjoy excellent relationships with our clinical and managerial colleagues within the Trust. Birmingham is a rapidly developing, cosmopolitan city offering a diversity of cultural and leisure activities, entertaining nightlife and a good choice of affordable residential property.
Please ensure you read the job description and person specification attached and that your supporting information reflects the relevant skills and experience you have, as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.
We are committed to equal opportunities and the development of our staff and will provide robust induction programme. We also provide regular supervision and training for all our staff.
The Trust welcomes applications from all areas of the community, who meet the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, gender, disability, religion/ belief or sexual orientation.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of our safe recruitment practice pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. If you have not heard from us within a month of the closing date you should presume that you have not been shortlisted. As part of the selection process you may be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, however all cases of criminal record history are dealt with on a case by case basis.
All successful applicants will be required to complete the Trust’s induction programme. The Fundamental (Statutory and Mandatory) training will be in an e-learning format. You will be required to complete training modules online (approx. 9-14 hours depending on post) in your own time prior to any unconditional offer being made.
Please note that this post may close earlier than the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.