Non Medical Prescriber Perinatal Mental Health

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2023
Job summary

We are excited to introduce the role of B7 NMP into the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service.

We are also seeking candidates who would like to be supported in a B6 to B7 12-month development post. During the 12 months, candidates would be required to undertake their NMP qualification and then work through a set of clinical and clinical leadership competencies. Successful completion of the qualification and subsequent competencies would mean that the candidate progresses into the Band 7 NMP role.

Candidates undertaking the NMP qualification will have increased study and support time and reduced clinical commitments. The development post is only open to internal Band 6 candidates currently employed in NHFT. External candidates are welcome to apply for the Band 7 NMP post.

The NMP will be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation ofcare to women during the perinatal period who may require pharmacological interventions.

As a senior member of the team, the NMP will be required to provide clinical leadership to the team playing a pivotal role in service improvement and development to contribute towards meeting the defined population's needs.

Main duties of the job

You will be an existing or aspiring to be Non-Medical Prescriber who is able to demonstrate the abilityto move on to this clinical leadership role.
  • Responsible for the assessment of service user care needs which may be highly complex and the development, implementation and evaluation of highly specialised programmes of care which include pharmacological interventions
  • Make complex clinical decisions underpinned by advanced levels of theoretical and practical knowledge and impart highly specialised advice.
  • Responsible for the delivery of dedicated NMP clinics for the purposes of assessing and reviewing service users who may require pharmacological intervention or whose existing treatment needs reviewed
  • To undertake the role of a keyworker for service users whose needs maybe highly complex and where non-medical prescribing will enhance service delivery and improve service user outcomes
  • Support the Operations Manager with the management of the referral to treatment pathway
  • Provide clinical leadership to the MDT
  • Provide clinical supervision for staff in junior roles (e.g. Band 6 Perinatal Mental Health Practitioners)
  • Support the Operations Managers in the planning and development of the service
  • Undertake the assessor/mentor role and take a lead role in the placement provision and providing a positive learning.

About us

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital and community settings. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools. We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

NHFT welcomes applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status.

We would encourage applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in the organisation. In particular, applications from disabled people (with both visible and non-visible disabilities), people from black and minority ethnic communities and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.

NHFT is committed to building a diverse workforce, ensuring staff are treated fairly at work and ensuring all staff have the learning and development they need on equality in order to undertake their job role.

We aim to use monitoring information provided by our staff and by job applicants to ensure that we do not discriminate in employment and to use this information to plan any Positive Action to address inequality.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Northamptonshire Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service provides specialist assessment and intervention for women experiencing or at an increased chance of experiencing moderate to severe mental health conditions during pregnancy and after having a baby.

The Long Term Plan Ambitions include:
  • Increasing provision of services to women experiencing or at risk of experiencing moderate to severe perinatal mental health conditions
  • Increasing the provision of psychological interventions to women and their families
  • Assessment and signposting of fathers and partners of women open to the service
  • Providing specialist perinatal interventions to a number of mothers, where clinically indicated, up to 24 months postpartum where there is an ongoing perinatal need after the childs first birthday.

We are looking for a Mental Health Nurse with significant clinical and leadership experience,a passion for perinatal mental health and MDT working who will be involved in leading the expansion and development of the service.

This is a Countywide position with a proposed starting date of May 2023

Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is essential including knowledge of Perinatal Mental Health Conditions, prevalence rates, treatment interventions and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures is essential. A keen interest and passion for working with women and their families is a must, as is the ability to work closely with a range of professionals from health visiting, Maternity, Childrens Services and the Third Sector.

There will be opportunities for further training via local and regional delivered training programmes. We have strong links with the East Midlands Regional Perinatal Network. The post holder will also be expected to contribute to the development of a locally agreed programme that delivers training to health and social care professionals in Northamptonshire.

We have developed an exciting induction programme to meet the Perinatal Competency Framework and provide regular supervision and training for all our staff.

The service uses video assessment and consultation in addition to face to face working and has developed some innovative ways of working including on line group delivery.

If you want to work as part of our expanding specialised multi-professional team, we want to hear from you.

The service compromises of: Service Manager,Operational Managers (from a Nursing, Social Work and Occupational Therapy specialism) Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Nursery Nurses, Support workers, Peer Support Workers and Midwifery. The service works closely with Health Visiting, Maternity, Public Health, Social Care, drug and alcohol services and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service operates across the county and has bases in Northampton and Rushden.

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Existing NMP qualification (for external candidates)


  • Mentorship qualification



  • Demonstrates NMP experience in current role (for external candidates)
  • Experience working in the field of perinatal mental health


  • Experience working in a community mental health team
  • Clinical Leadership experience

Personal Statement


  • Expresses why they are applying for this role including specific reference to perinatal mental health
  • Uses examples of practice to demonstrate suitability for role

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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