Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
26 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, and clinically confident Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse to join our Community Perinatal Team. Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable; a keen interest in this specialist area is essential. Registered Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Social Workers may apply.

The service comprises of three sub locality bases across Hampshire and IOW. This post will offer provision in the Basingstoke geographical area of the service, and there is flexible working between home and base. Car driver and use of car within work hours is essential.

We are commissioned to work with women/birthing people pre-conceptually, in pregnancy and postnatally where there are severe and complex mental health concerns. With the increase in several clinical roles across the service, we are able to extend our offer for women/birthing people from 12-24 months as well as offering fathers/co-parents screening and sign posting for their own mental health needs. We will also be increasing our psychological intervention offer to those using our service The service also provides consultation for advice, information, and signposting for women with a less severe mental illness in the perinatal period to primary care providers including GP's Health visitors and maternity services as well as the women themselves.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Perinatal Community mental health nurse/practitioner will be to undertake comprehensive assessments, manage a complex caseload of service users, provide practical advice and support including family work, psychological interventions and overseeing any safeguarding issues -- adult and child protection. They will also monitor medication management and concordance and monitor their effects. Coordinating and care planning the multidisciplinary interventions available to a women will be crucial and ensuring a patient led care plan is in place.

The successful post holder will be familiar with Perinatal community standards, governance, and performance structures and confident in partnership work with other agencies such as Children and Family Social Services, Midwifery and Obstetric teams, CMHTs, Health Visitors and the Voluntary sector. You will have excellent clinical skills and a good level of post registration experience, proven ability to complete comprehensive mental state examinations, thoroughly assess risk, and document and communicate these clearly and concisely.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

Person Specification



  • *Minimum requirement of two years post basic training.
  • *Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) qualification/ Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy/ Certificate of qualification in Social Work/ or Diploma or Degree in Social Work. E.g., Dip SW, Ba Social work.
  • *Previous experience in a relevant Adult Mental Health.
  • *Service community setting with care coordinator experience.
  • *Evidence of Mentorship training related to professional background or commitment to undertaking this.
  • *Knowledge and understanding of the needs of women suffering from perinatal mental illness through evidence of ongoing formal training.
  • *Evidence of a detailed understanding of the Care Co-ordination process.
  • *Evidence of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • *Evidence of working closely with other agencies: e.g., Children and Families Teams within statutory agencies, primary care teams and organisations within the voluntary sector.
  • *Evidence of commitment to quality improvement in own clinical area and/or service provision.
  • *Evidence of commitment to the principles of user/carer empowerment.
  • *Post-basic professional development/portfolio evidence.
  • *Drivers licence. Use of suitable transport to carry out the job of community nursing within a rural and urban geographical area. Full driving licence if driving own vehicle.

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