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Community Perinatal Mental Health Nursery Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
23 Sep 2023
Perinatal Community Nursery Nurse, Band 5 for Hillingdon Community Perinatal Mental Health Service

2 Permanent Vacancies
  • x1 Full-time post -37.50 Hrs
  • x1 Part-time post 2 days - 15hrs

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit an experienced Nursery Nurse with excellent clinical skills and confidence to work autonomously with service users experiencing perinatal mental health challenges. The aim of the team is to detect, prevent and treat perinatal mental health problems improving the experience of pregnancy and the postpartum period for women and their families. The mother, infant and family are all very much at the centre of the care delivered. Supporting mothers with baby care to develop skills, and confidence while promoting infant mental health well-being, is key to the nursery nurse's role.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

About us

Following a successful bid to the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Services Development Fund, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust has secured new investment to continue to develop its specialist community perinatal service. The services run across five London Boroughs (Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hillingdon, Brent and Harrow). They each work closely with Maternity Services, Community Mental Health Teams, CAMHS, Home Treatment Teams, Primary Care Services, other community organisation and the Mother and Baby Unit at Coombe Wood. The trust wide perinatal services have dedicated management teams overseeing the formulation of perinatal mental health trust policies, adherence with NICE guidelines, safety and quality assurance with service user involvement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

These x2 job posts are permanent positions i.e 1x full time and x1 part-time( 2 days)

The post holder will have a sound working knowledge of perinatal mental health problems and experience of assessing and working with patients in a community setting, managing risk. Ideally, they will have knowledge about infant attachment.

A local specialist training programmes is developed, working closely with Child Psychotherapist within the team, and a full local induction, orientation and supervision support will be provided as the team develops and grows.

Person Specification

Training, qualifications and registration


  • 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
  • Extensive post qualification experience
  • Significant 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 Psychitatry 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 multi-disciplinary/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
  • Knowledge & understanding of contributions of other disciplines and professionals to a multi-agency service
  • Understanding of clinical governance and audit issues
  • Understanding of issues around information-sharing in relation to Child Protection and Children in Need
  • Knowledge of relevant Perinatal service models
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation e.g. MHA, MCA


  • Experience of conducting clinical audits



  • Calm and professional in manner
  • Able to exercise initiative, flexibility and tact.
  • Ability to work under pressure and remain calm particularly in unpredictable situations where there may be exposure to highly distressed patients who may exhibit challenging behaviour
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to think laterally to problem solve.
  • Willing to engage in and use peer and group supervision creativity

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Hillingdon Perinatal MHS, Riverside Centre, Mezzanine Office

Pield Heath Road



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