Perinatal Community Psychiatric Nurse

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
5 Jun 2023
Job summary

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

The Mental Health division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust comprises of three directorates; Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Older People and Specialist Services. More than 2,800 dedicated staff provide vital and integral healthcare services for our patients in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering a vast geographical area.

We're investing heavily in our staff, facilities and patient care. As we move into this new chapter, we need a strong, motivated and compassionate workforce to reflect our core values of Honesty, Compassion, Trust, Respect and Teamwork. There has never been a better time to join our growing team.

We have exciting opportunities across different specialities and services, with an emphasis on career development and progression. We want to help our staff reach their full potential, and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

Main duties of the job

The Community Perinatal Psychiatry Team are part of the Specialist Services directorate and co-located on the Hopewood site with Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services. We are a Nationally Accredited Service with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We provide assessment and treatment to women with a range of mental health needs related to the perinatal period. The Team provides a service to the City and County of Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw with clinics located across this geography.

Our core purpose is to work with expectant mothers and mothers to address their mental health needs and mitigate any impact on the unborn baby and infant. We aim to improve the health outcomes for mothers with the provision of a timely, integrated, high quality, effective, multi-disciplinary interventions.

Although the Team covers the whole region, these posts will be located to a part of this; this will be negotiated with the appointed candidates.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands. We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career.

Join our team of nearly 9000 making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Perinatal Mental Health Services has received extensive investment in recent years, recognising the importance on public health in treating mental health problems in the perinatal period. We are looking for an enthusiastic, diligent, and experienced Mental Health Nurse who has the ability to manage complex situations to join our team. Sound therapeutic strategies, combined with the ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing are essential. You will have experience of working with mothers with perinatal illness and some knowledge of normal child development in order to understand to potential impact of maternal mental illness on the developing foetus/infant/children. You will have the ability to liaise effectively with various health, social and voluntary professionals. A sound working knowledge of Safeguarding is also required. This post offers a supportive team working environment, with commitment to supervision.
  • To participate fully as a member of the specialised PCPN team providing total packages of care from assessment through to discharge which includes prevention/minimisation of detrimental effects of Perinatal illnesses on the developing foetus/infant and other children.
  • To maintain a diary of work activities and to produce timely and accurate statistics as required to enable close monitoring of contractual activity and to provide data for audit purposes.
  • To maintain excellent communication between other service providers to ensure good multi-disciplinary working, attending case conferences and client reviews as required.
  • To offer specialist advice/training to other professionals, carers, statutory and voluntary agencies to promote mental health awareness.
  • To provide advice and consultation to GPs, Consultant Psychiatrists, Obstetricians and other medical staff, Midwives, Health Visitors, Social Workers and other allied professionals.
  • To provide urgent assessments on the maternity wards in the locality.
  • To ensure client confidentiality is maintained in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Policy.
  • To maintain effective records in line with Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • The supervision of junior members of the clinical team

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post; however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification



  • RMN or Diploma in Mental Health Nursing


  • Teaching/mentorship
  • Recent academic study
  • Post qualification training in appropriate psychological interventions. On application form Training.



  • Experience of working with women who have a have had a perinatal mental illness.
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understanding of Sure Start and its role


  • Attended conferences/study days in Perinatal Mental Health
  • Experience of teaching groups



  • Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Some knowledge of normal child development in order to understand the potential impact of Maternal Mental illness on the developing foetus/infant/children
  • Child protection
  • Therapeutic strategies/psychological interventions appropriate to the peripartum period


  • Effects of psychotropic medication on foetus and infant.
  • Understanding of Perinatal CCQI (College Centre for Quality Improvement)



  • Good time management
  • Flexible to change
  • Ability to use supervision appropriately
  • Range of therapeutic skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Supervision of others

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