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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/04/2021.

Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist - Perinatal

Job Reference: 383-PSY-2377-21

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Psychology
Scarsdale, Chesterfield
Band 8a: £45,753 - £51,668 pa, pro-rata

Want to make a real difference and have a truly rewarding career? Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

We’ve been rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC, with some outstanding services. The CQC commented at our most recent inspection on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Derbyshire Healthcare and our Chief Executive, Ifti Majid, is a national advocate on these issues. We are actively seeking to increase diversity in our workforce through our recruitment activities. Selection will be on the basis of merit and we are committed to the principles of positive action, to address any imbalances of opportunity.

We are committed to ensuring that all Trust colleagues can work safely during the current Coronavirus crisis. As part of this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to COVID-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practice, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients. Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with COVID-19 national guidance.

The Derbyshire Perinatal Mental Health Service, which is comprised of a 6 bedded in-patient unit in Derby and a community team with bases in the north and south of Derbyshire, has an opening for an 8a Clinical Psychologist (0.6WTE). The successful candidate will primarily support women and their families within the north of Derbyshire, but also provide input into the in-patient unit and cover in the south of the county when required. The team base in the north of Derbyshire is at Scarsdale, Chesterfield.

The in-patient unit (The Beeches) has been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a number of years and the community team has been accredited since 2017, highlighting the excellent and specialized care provided by the service. The community multidisciplinary team across both bases currently includes: two consultant psychiatrists, staff grade psychiatrist, consultant clinical psychologist, two clinical psychologists, nine community psychiatric nurses, five nursery nurses, a social worker, and two occupational therapists, all of whom possess great enthusiasm and a strong passion for working with women and their families during the perinatal period.

The successful candidate will have an active interest in this highly specialist area and will be supported by the consultant clinical psychologist, who has a wealth of experience and expertise in this area. There will be access to the perinatal quality network, which includes the opportunity to attend peer reviews of other perinatal services, specialized training workshops and annual forums. There are also opportunities to provide supervision and training within the team.

There will also be opportunities to support the development of a new Maternal Mental Health Service (MMHS), which will sit within the Perinatal Service and provide specialist assessment and treatment following loss and trauma during the perinatal period. There will be scope to increase contracted hours by applying for the MMHS Band 8a (0.3 WTE) psychology post covering the north of Derbyshire.

In addition to the psychologists working within the perinatal service, there is a strong psychology department within the Trust and psychologists meet regularly for specialized supervision, including dissociation and EMDR, and departmental meetings. The trust also encourages the participation in personal and professional development and has good links with the regional university training courses in terms of teaching opportunities, trainee selection and trainee placements.

The successful candidate must be registered with the Health Care Professions Council, eligible for Chartered Status with the BPS, and be able to meet the travel requirements of the post.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Kelly Houston, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

01332 623911

This job may close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

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