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Participation and Engagement Co-Ordinator (Perinatal Mental Health)

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023
The post holder will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy of engagement and involvement of people with lived experience of perinatal mental health services in the growth, learning and delivery of services across Cheshire and Merseyside. They will ensure meaningful and representative involvement with our many stakeholders, with a focus on service users, family and carers is promoted in our Perinatal Services in Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust and Merseycare Foundation Trust. This will be done in conjunction with a counterpart in Merseycare Foundation Trust.

The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will continue the development of the participation and engagement of service users and carers in all aspects of service delivery and development.

The post holder will build upon genuine and meaningful working relationships with all agencies with a vital role in the care of service users, carers and families.

The post holder will be one of the key points of contact in the Perinatal Mental Health Service for involvement, participation and engagement queries requests from both staff, people who use the service and carers.

To plan, develop, co-ordinate and facilitate involvement opportunities which are meaningful and appropriate to the individual services whilst keeping the ideas and needs and service users at heart.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Silver' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent education or ability to demonstrate competency at this level gained through experience or training
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing training and development applicable to the role
  • Good standard of general education including English and Maths GCSE Grade C


  • Post graduate qualification relevant to role
  • Project Management qualification.

Knowledge and Expertise


  • High level interpersonal and communication skills and ability to form working relationships with staff and service users
  • Presentation skills to present to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to support and respond appropriately to service users in distress
  • Record keeping and report writing skills, including IT skills to manage electronic patient notes where necessary
  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team


  • Ability to deliver training to other professionals, service users and carers
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development



  • Experience in community engagement and development work
  • Personal lived experience of mental health challenges
  • Willingness to positively share life experiences of ill health or caring role with service users and carers
  • Recent experience of working with adults and families in a health or social care setting


  • Experience of working with service users in recovery from mental health issues
  • Experience of working in a health setting with service users experiencing severe and enduring mental health issues

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Coronation Road Workplace Hub

Coronation Road

Ellesmere Port

CH65 9AB

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