The postholder will be part of the Children and Parent service (CAPS), working within the Parent Infant Mental Health arm of the service in Manchester. The service consists of a team of clinical psychologists; specialist PIMHS Health Visitors and mental health practitioners alongside parent group leaders employed within the voluntary sector. We work as part of the integrated Infant mental health pathway, which includes IAPT adult mental health practitioners, specialist perinatal teams, midwifery, health visiting and Homestart to ensure infants are well supported through their important relationships in the early years. We are looking for a Senior Clinical Psychologist who is able to join the team to work effectively and autonomously within this multi-agency context offering both clinical work, supervision, training and consultation; and is be able to drive service development forward.
CAPS has a 20+ year proven track record of successful re-commissioning with our most current commission being offered for 5 years from 2021. We are also integral to Manchester’s Best Start for Life offer and are about to receive significant investment in relation to the PIMHS and Parenting aspects of this government funding, with Manchester being afforded Trailblazer status. CAPS has received both local and international awards for service excellence, and our PIMHS lead regular presents on a national forum in relation to service development.
Main duties of the job
Are you a Clinical Psychologist passionate about working with parents and infants supporting building sensitive, responsive parent-infant relationships? Are you interested in working in and developing an expanding service, alongside local colleagues and partners working with young children and parents? If you are enthusiastic about helping this important client group, at a time of national developments for parents and infants, then this post will be an excellent opportunity for you.
You will have experience of working with young children and their families in the perinatal period who present with a range of relationship and social / emotional development needs and risk. It would be essential to have skills and experience in supporting infants and their parents in the early years to develop good attachment relationships through challenging times, using evidence-based interventions.
You will autonomously manage your own caseload, providing a range of high-quality care appropriate to the infant, young child and parent’s needs; within professional practice guidelines and a structured supervision framework. You must be confident and experienced in communication and consultation.
This post is a clinical post and includes training and offering consultation to other workers contributing and working with a multi-agency team
For further information please contact Dr. Cindy Davies, PIMHS Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist on07811804203
MFT is England’s largest NHS Trust with a turnover of & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We’re creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.
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13 April 2023
Agenda for change
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum (pro rata)
The Carol Kendrick Centre
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- Doctoral degree or equivalent accepted by the British Psychological Society as qualifying the person to work as a clinical psychologist.
- Registration as a clinical psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCP)
- Certificate in supervision skills
- Accreditation in perinatal evidence based intervention
- oAdditional post graduate training in psychological therapies and interventions related to the perinatal period
supervision and training
- Interest in supervision within clinical psychology
- experience of teaching and training other professional groups
Experience and Knowledge
- Experience in evidence-based assessment and therapeutic work with children and families across the age range.
- Experience of working in early years and parent-infant services
- Experience of multidisciplinary teamwork
- Experience of consulting with health care and other professionals.
- experience of offering supervision within clinical psychology
- Experience of working in service and care pathway development
- Understanding and management of risk and safeguarding
- Representing clinical psychology in wider professional forums
- oAbility to plan and prioritise own caseload. oAbility to assess, diagnose, treat or refer within own professional competencies. oAbility to facilitate identified needs. oAbility to manage complex situations effectively and deal with sensitive, diverse and contentious issues. oAbility to assess needs, plan, implement and evaluate appropriate interventions with children and parents/carers across the age range. oSkills in planning and delivering evidence-based interventions with children and parents. oDemonstrate sensitivity in all contact with disadvantaged groups. oAbility to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and of different ages. oGood skills in communicating with children, parents and colleagues. oAbility to cope with stressful interpersonal situations including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the case of highly emotive and distressing problems and the threat of verbal and physical abuse. oAccurate record keeping
- oAbility to understand performance monitoring data and present information in a coherent way.
- oAbility to cope with stressful interpersonal situations including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the case of highly emotive and distressing problems and the threat of verbal and physical abuse.
- oDemonstrate sensitivity in all contact with disadvantaged groups. oAbility to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and of different ages.
- Skills in planning and delivering evidence-based interventions
- Ability to integrate theory and outcome data with clinical practice and service provision to drive service development
- oUse of a car or access to a means of travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
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