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Specialist Perinatal Social Work Therapeutic Practitioner

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Specialist Perinatal Service is excited about the development of one new permanent, 37.5 hours, Specialist Perinatal Social Work Therapeutic Practitioner post covering the three counties. Our Health Board is at the forefront of delivering this innovative, preventative service, by fully integrating Perinatal Service provision within our routine antenatal/health visiting services, offering all Specialist assessments in antenatal departments/community settings to normalise Perinatal Mental Health in our local communities.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit an experienced Specialist Perinatal Social Work Therapeutic Practitioner, who has experience of working with either child, adult or maternal mental health. The successful candidate will join a passionate, dynamic and creative team, who are focused on ensuring a more secure start in life, for all children, building resilience, which leads to a brighter future.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

o Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest o Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire o 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres o Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services o Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 03.10.2023

Person Specification

Qualification and Knowledge


  • Appropriate social work qualification (i.e Degree in Social Work, DipSW or equivalent)
  • Registration as Social Worker with CCW/GSCC
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and consolidated practice.
  • Appropriate therapeutic qualification and registration with an accredited professional body or the commitment to undertaking any qualification relevant to this post within Continuing Professional Educational and learning (CPEL) framework The post holder is required to show a commitment or motivation to undertake appropriate training or study in the specialty area.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of psychosocial issues that can impact on women/children/adolescents and their families and how they may present
  • Knowledge of current legislation, national guidance and best practice relevant to the post (i.e. Adult, Child protection, Children's Acts, Mental Health Acts and Welsh measures) Knowledge of care planning frameworks and implementations.
  • Knowledge of current issues and policies related to social work practice
  • Knowledge of child protection, Children Act issues and other relevant legislation.


  • To hold a post graduate award in child care, therapeutic practice or be an approved mental health practitioner
  • Recognised therapeutic qualification and accreditation ( ie Family Therapy/ CBT/ CAT)
  • Knowledge of and experience of working in mental health, including with adult, children and young people with serious mental health problems
  • Knowledge of and experience of working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists CCQI Standards
  • Knowledge of Mental Health (Wales) Measure and WARRN



  • Demonstrable experience of utilising a range of social work skills at post qualifying level in a statutory adult/children and families social work setting and / or Adult/Children and Adolescents Mental Health.
  • Experience working as a Social Worker / Psychological therapy practitioner within adults/children Services and /or a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and demonstrating the competences as required.
  • Experience of safeguarding practice, working with adults/children subject to a child protection plan, identifying and managing risk.
  • Experience of having worked with adult/children and young people, with complex and traumatic early life experiences.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time.
  • Demonstrate high standards in written communication.
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers.
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring


  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary setting and working with different professional disciplines involved in the provision of adult/children and young people's health, education and social care
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups.

Language skills


  • Welsh speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Ty Myddfai, Psychological Wellbeing Centre



SA31 3RB

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