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Perinatal Mental Health Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Brent and Harrow Community Perinatal Mental Health Team, based at Northwick Park Hospital is looking for passionate Registered Mental Health Nurses who are looking to make a difference whilst working in an environment that promotes staff development and training opportunities. CNWL is passionate about developing its own staff, driving them to go on to become more established practitioners and this post is no different.

You could be an existing Band 6 or Band 7 Nurse looking to take your next steps or an experienced practitionerlooking for a new venture we have training and development opportunities tailored to suit your needs within the perinatal framework.

Flexible working- Our team operates Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm however there are opportunities for this post to be tailored to suit you and your lifestyle needs withflexible workingavailable in a team that is dynamic and transforming the way we offer support women and birthing people in Brent and Harrow with perinatal mental health challenges. If this sounds like something that could inspire you then we want to hear from you!

The Team provides a Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm service. The successful applicant would be expected to have the flexibility to work occasional extended opening hours to facilitate early or late clinic appointments, home visits or training.

Main duties of the job

To be you and to do what you do best in the job you love!

We are looking for a clinician with a special interest in improving care for women, birthing people and their families. Experience of working in the perinatal mental health field is desirable a keen interest in this specialist area is essential.

The Perinatal Mental Health service provides specialist, multidisciplinary perinatal mental health care for women from preconception, during pregnancy and up to two years postnatal who live in the boroughs of Brent and Harrow.

To help support you with the above we offer a robust induction and tailored training is given and encouraged. As an employer, CNWL and London Perinatal Network also offer various training opportunities, dependent on how long you are in post and on your development needs. In addition, we offer regular in-house training opportunities to learn from each other with the aim to continuously improve our practice.

About us

We are committed to offering you an environment to flourish which includes dedicateddevelopment opportunitiesas well as ahealthier work life balance. We will offer you
  • Flexible working available to provide a healthy work-life balance.
  • Commitment from the team todevelop youby offering in house perinatal training in the form of masterclasses led by members of the perinatal service and associated integral agencies.
  • Free access to our Staff and Wellbeing serviceto ensure that you are always looking after yourself.
  • Commitment tocareer mappingto ensure continuous professional development including opportunities within the Trust.
  • On-siteshadowing opportunitiesincluding Maternity Services, Mother and baby Unit, Home Treatment Team, Psych Liaison and many more.
  • An opportunity to work with afriendly, dynamic, passionate and diverse teamwho are committed to looking after each other as well as their service users.
  • Excellentstaff benefits: our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include: childcare vouchers, health and wellbeing services, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, blue light card, discounts at Nando's and Superdrug, mobile phone contracts and much more!
  • Award-winning Staff Networks.
  • Hidden Gem & annualaward ceremonies

Job description

Job responsibilities

- To deliver a highly specialist evidence-based mental health assessment, formulation of diagnosis ,care planning, treatment and review for women in the perinatal period .

- To provide specialist evidence based interventions such as CBT ,VIPP , VIG, to women in the perinatal period , to the parent infant dyad or the family system.

- To provide specialist consultation, advice and support to both CNWL, local Maternity Hospital in-patient and community services on best practice when working with women with mental health needs at preconception, pregnant women and women with infants up to one year old.

- To work jointly with care coordinators from CMHTs with a small complex and challenging caseload of pregnant women or those with an infant up to one year old.

- To work in consultation with other professionals making known concerns regarding safeguarding children and/or adults to the appropriate and responsible service. This includes attending Child Protection and Review Conferences as appropriate where the child is at risk because of the mothers mental illness.

- To work with colleagues to establish a clear process and criteria for receiving referrals to undertake direct work or information for advice and liaison work.

- To assist in setting up structures that allow the dissemination of knowledge and skills regarding working with perinatal women in both in-patient and community services.

- To liaise and work with specialist tertiary services such as Mother & Baby Units, personality disorder services, eating disorder services etc.

- To work with fathers, partners and significant others to provide appropriate education training and support.

- To identify carers and refer/sign post for assessment as appropriate.

- To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team exercising autonomous professional responsibility for managing a clinical caseload independently, providing highly specialist assessments and follow-up for women referred with complex problems, which includes assessment of risk in terms of self-harm, self-neglect, vulnerability, harm to others, domestic violence and safeguarding children.

- To seek consultation where necessary with clinical supervisor and/or line manager on clinical work and participate in regular supervision.

- To be mindful of the needs of women and their families from a wide range of racial, cultural, sexual, religious and social backgrounds and to develop, with colleagues, sensitive and innovative ways of meeting these needs.

- To ensure that all Trust Perinatal service users have a perinatal care plan, which is implemented. This requires attending and contributing to pre and post-birth meetings.

- To work with other professionals in supporting them to implement an agreed parent infant care plan.

- To attend the CNWL Safeguarding Children multidisciplinary meetings and any other relevant multidisciplinary meetings within Maternity services, as appropriate.

- To be responsible for monitoring, recording and reporting on clinical work and communicating highly complex clinical information to a variety of recipients (e.g. patients, families and carers, other professionals) orally and in writing.

- To be responsible for developing and maintaining knowledge of local resources and developing excellent working relationships with relevant statutory, voluntary and community groups and organisations.

- The postholder will work autonomously as a specialist perinatal practitioner managing antenatal clinics and post natal clinics in community settings.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • RMN qualification and evidence of current registration on Part 3 of NMC register
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Mentorship in practice/ENB 998 or equivalent (or willingness to complete


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Dual qualified as RGN or midwife
  • Specialist Training in perinatal & infant mental health
  • Recently experience of perinatal mental health practice and/or safeguarding children practice
  • Qualifications / training in specialist skills e.g. therapeutic / psychological interventions



  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree /diploma
  • Substantial post qualification experience
  • Relevant post qualification experience working with women with serious mental illness
  • Experience of managing a caseload of service users with evidence of completing high quality assessments
  • Experience of working in a complex multi-disciplinary / multi-agency context
  • Experience of formal child protection processes and inter-agency work with families
  • Experience of undertaking complex nursing and mental state, risk and needs assessments
  • Experience of working in a multi-racial/cultural community and of working with interpreters


  • Experience of multi-agency pre-birth planning (CPA) for women with serious mental illness
  • Evidence of networking within the Perinatal Psychiatry Specialty
  • Experience of working in obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Experience of planning and delivery of training in response to identified needs
  • Experience of contributing to policies and procedures
  • Experience of supervising mental health / non mental health professionals

Skills and Abilities


  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options.
  • Team/self management and organisational skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Ability to contribute to and facilitate effective multidisciplinary/multi-agency working
  • Ability to implement evidence-based practice
  • Ability to liaise and offer highly specialist consultation to other agencies effectively
  • Ability to provide highly specialist therapeutic assessments and a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Ability to effectively manage own clinical and administrative caseload and work under pressure at times of change
  • Ability to identify, recognise and understand safeguarding children issues and refer appropriately
  • Ability to develop and deliver training on perinatal mental health and associated issues such as safeguarding children, domestic violence
  • Ability to provide supervision to staff within own and other disciplines and to use supervision effectively
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries and with professionals from health care settings such as maternity services
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work effectively with women from diverse minority ethnic and cultural backgrounds and with families with a high level of deprivation, social isolation, exclusion and stigma.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary and 'virtual' team


  • Computer literate to an intermediate/ advanced level

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Up to date knowledge of evidence based practice and current developments in perinatal psychiatry
  • Knowledge about mental illness in the perinatal period
  • Up to date knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and associated legislation and government policy and its implications for mental health services
  • Knowledge and understanding of diversity and equality issues and their application in perinatal psychiatry services
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