We have an exciting opportunity for two enthusiastic, reflective and organised Assistant Psychologists to work with women across the perinatal period. You will be joining the teams at an exciting time of development.
Maternal Mental Health Service:
One Assistant Psychologist post sits in our new Maternal Mental Health Service. The Maternal Mental Health team provide specialist care for women who have experienced loss and trauma during their maternity experience. The team consists of a psychological therapist and two specialist midwives, as well as an administrator and principal clinical psychologist who is the clinical lead.
This is a new service development as part of the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions to improve perinatal mental health care. Beds, Luton & Milton Keynes commissioning group have been chosen as a Fast Follower site for 2021/22 and will be providing feedback and evaluation to NHS England to inform the wider roll-out of maternal mental health services across England. The MMHS aims to integrate psychological therapies and trauma-informed care into midwifery services within both Bedford and Luton & Dunstable hospitals. We will aim to have close and co-operative relationships will our stakeholders, including service user representatives, maternity and health visiting, IAPT, and the community perinatal mental health service.
Perinatal Mental Health Service:
One Assistant Psychologist post sits in our expanding Perinatal Mental Health Service. The Perinatal Mental Health team provide specialist care for women with moderate to severe mental illness during their pregnancy, and up to the age of 12 months. The multidisciplinary team consists of a variety of professionals, including Administrators, Nursery Nurses, Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Nurses and Social Workers as well as an Operational Manager.
The team are expanding as part of the long term plan ambitions in order to increase access to the service across the county. The team are actively working to develop treatment pathways and have good links with local IAPT services and parent-infant psychotherapy in CAHMS. The post-holder will join three qualified clinical psychologists.
Both Assistant Psychologists will support and enhance the professional psychological care of clients within the service. They will support structured assessments, the preparation and delivery of psychoeducational groups and manualised individual psychological interventions, under the supervision of a qualified psychological therapist. They will also assist in clinically related administration, collection and reporting of activity and outcome data and the development of audit and/or research projects.
We are particularly keen to recruit someone who is reflective, willing to learn and able to use supervision well. They will also have a strong academic record with excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent IT literacy skills and skills in data collection and evaluation. We are also looking for someone who is able to engage positively and sensitively with people with mental health difficulties and their support networks, and be able to demonstrate an awareness of experiences and challenges that may face those experiencing mental health difficulties in the perinatal period. Due to the position requiring the ability to travel between sites and offer home visits, a car owner/driver is essential. Both teams have their administrative base at Gilbert Hitchcock House in Bedford.
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This advert closes on Wednesday 28 Apr 2021
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