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Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwife

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

This role is key in developing and maintaining high standards of care for women and their families experiencing mental health problems during the pregnancy continuum. You will have detailed knowledge and skills to manage, develop and lead the care for pregnant women and new mothers in this defined group.

You will be providing and receiving highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where developed persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or re-assurance skills are required. This may be because agreement or co-operation is required or because there are barriers to understanding.

There will be a responsibility for providing midwifery care to women with more severe mental health problems, working in partnership with mental health services. You will work closely with women and their families to plan and coordinate their care based on their individual care needs; linking with the maternity service and other services to ensure that relevant pathways, policies and processes are developed, implemented and audited in line with local and national targets.

To take the lead supporting colleagues through coordinating and providing training and guidance in maternal mental health for key maternity and medical staff, to facilitate holistic care that optimises mental as well as physical health.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Perinatal mental health (MH) midwife is an expert and local champion who will lead work to develop services in conjunction with maternity service commissioners and providers. They will be a key element in developing and maintaining high standards of care for women and their families with mental health challenges during pregnancy and the postnatal period.

The post holder will lead on the provision of Midwifery led accessible services for pregnant women with perinatal mental illness during pregnancy by working with the Community Matron and colleagues within Stockport family, Safeguarding, Maternity services, communities and the wider Trust to enable a

coordinated approach towards ensuring local specialist perinatal services for vulnerable women & their babies are maintained.

The post holder will ensure the commitment to community and inpatient based perinatal mental health services which support early intervention and integrated therapeutic approaches towards improving mental health and positive infant parent relationships. This will include working closely with the infant parent psychologist 1001 days lead, and the named Safeguarding Midwife with responsibility for the protection of vulnerable babies and their families with complex social needs

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

Our mission is to make a difference every day. Our values are that we care, we respect, and we listen

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

The salary for the role is only one part of the excellent package of benefits we offer to you:
  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
  • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

Job description

Job responsibilities

To lead the perinatal mental health offer for maternity services in Stockport, providing an inclusive, family focused approach.

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 and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of �41.90. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

In addition to this it will be a condition of your employment that you will join the DBS update service and pay the annual subscription fee of �13.

Person Specification



  • Wide midwifery experience



  • Specialist knowledge and experience in maternal and infant mental health, developed through training and practice



  • Able to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team to promote, implement and deliver quality care



  • Extensive experience of caring for women who have, complex social needs or any situation that deems them to be vulnerable

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