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Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Social Worker

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

It is an extraordinary time for specialist perinatal mental health services across the UK with growing national and local focus on service development and expanding access for new and expectant mums. The national ambition is to improve outcomes for an increasing number women over the next 5 years through investment in resources and broadening of interventions available. The perinatal period includes from conception up until one year following the birth of the baby and is a critical time for prevention and treatment for women at risk of serious mental ill health. providing a unique opportunity for intervention and change, improving outcomes for mums, their families and ultimately society, in the longer term.

Main duties of the job

The Essex Perinatal Mental Health Service has successfully established a new specialist servicein the community over the last 3 years andwe are again expanding further to meet the needs of more women across Essex.This is an exciting opportunity for professional Social Workers to join our dedicated and growing team and our organisation.Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is committed to developing and retaining its social workers. We are a partner with Think Ahead, one of the UK's most competitive graduate schemes, which provides a new route into mental health social work, in addition social workers are supported by an effective Social Care Leadership team ensuring robust supervision and professional development.

The Essex Perinatal Mental Health Service operates from five hubs across Essex the hubs are situated around the 5 acute hospitals. The bases are in the areas of Rochford, Laindon, Harlow, Chelmsford and Colchester and provide specialist assessment, interventionfor womenat risk ofmoderate to serious mental illness or complex disorders within thecounty of Essex. The successful candidate will be based at a base and work from the North facing Essex service providing specialist social work support to the team, holding a social worker caseload for women and their families in the perinatal period of conception up until one year following the birth of the baby.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a wonderful development opportunity for experienced social workers interested in perinatal mental health and wishing to develop specialist knowledge and practice in this rewarding field. We significantly invest in our social workers to foster expertise in ourteam providing specialist training packages and development opportunities in line with emerging evidence and standards for parental mental illness. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and interestin mental health or child safeguarding duringthe perinatal period together with soundknowledge of child and adult safeguarding practice. Good communication, collaborative partnership working,time management and planning skills are essential. Some previousexperience of working with this groupwould be an advantage.

Person Specification



  • 1.Certificate of qualification in Social Work/ Diploma or Degree in Social Work. E.g. DipSW , Ba Social work

Previous experience


  • 1.Minimum requirement of two years post qualification experience working in community mental health services

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