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Community Perinatal Mental Health Nurse

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year per annum Incl. of HCAs
Closing date
7 Jun 2023
We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic, energetic and clinically confident community psychiatric nurse to join our Lewisham team due to further expansion of the Perinatal Community services.

You will have experience of general adult inpatient, Mother and Baby inpatient unit, community mental health services or CAMHS. You will also have experience of working with women who suffer from moderate to severe mental illness in the perinatal period.

You 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 display excellent clinical knowledge and skilled practice in women with mental health disorders in the perinatal period. You will provide consistently skilled judgments in clinical work. You need to have experience of working in a richly diverse inner city Borough and have the understanding of theopportunities challengesthat this brings.

Working closely with your colleagues in PMHT's, you will receive support and be part of the on-going Perinatal workforce training within SLaM and London wide. In addition, you will be partof the Pan London Community Perinatal Nurses network. This is a great opportunity to supervise juniorstaff, student nurses as well asimplementing new ways of working using best practice and NICE guidelines.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as an autonomous Perinatal Community Nurse with a defined caseload. Ensuring the on-going assessment of adults within the service and providing a range of needs-led interventions and care.
  • To work in consultation with other professionals making known concerns regarding safeguarding children and safeguarding adults to the appropriate and responsible services.
  • To work in collaboration with both colleagues from generic psychiatric services and staff from other perinatal services.

  • About us

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust(SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

    There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To provide clinical expertise on perinatal mental health issues within the Borough of Lewisham. To have day to day responsibility for a defined caseload, and for the setting, monitoring and maintaining of high standards of care including the CPA guidelines.
  • Determine the type of care/treatment level as appropriate for the individuals referred including referring onto other agencies/professionals. To ensure that assessments and pathways of care are kept up to date and that discharge planning and review meetings are carried out to a high standard.
  • To provide independent written assessments to primary health care professionals focusing on a formulation for treatment options. To provide clinical expertise and advice in identifying women at high risk of mental illness in the perinatal period, and pathways into appropriate care.
  • To form effective relationships with inpatient services to facilitate early effective discharge. Maintain and develop Primary Care liaison with an attached GP Practice as required.

  • Person Specification



    • RMN with current NMC registration and revalidation.
    • Evidence of on-going professional development



    • Experience of working with Patients with severe and enduring mental health problems
    • Understanding of Maternal Mental illness
    • Different Interventions for patients with Perinatal Mental Health illness
    • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Experience of working with patients when acutely ill



    • Ability to work in a Team
    • Ability to reflect on practice
    • Abilities in problem solving

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


    Lewisham Perinatal Mental Health Team

    First Floor, Old Town Hall


    SE6 4RU

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