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Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per annum/Pro rata
Closing date
5 Dec 2023
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing and we understand how important the first 1001 days are in an infant's life.

Our Specialist Perinatal Mental Health team supports new mums and mums-to-be experiencing severe to moderate mental health illness during the perinatal period. As part of a substantial service expansion, your experience and compassion could be just what we need to deliver our long term ambition for this vital service.

This an exciting time to join the team as we continue to grow and develop to deliver a high-quality mental health response to women in the perinatal period and their partners.

You will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary Specialist Perinatal Mental Health team which promotes a dynamic and innovative way of working, triaging and responding to referrals, conducting face to face assessments and therapeutic interventions working with other team members to provide a holistic and bespoke approach to every family on our caseload.

Please note:

Band 5 developmental posts will be considered for the right applicants and can be discussed at interview.

Although we are a county wide service we work in a locality based model to minimise clinicians travel time.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a core qualification (eg RMN, OT or SW), will have previous experience of working within mental health services.

They will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the effective provision of Perinatal Mental and Infant Mental Health Services to an identified caseload of women.

The post holder will work as a senior member of the team and liaise with a wide range of both statutory and non-statutory agencies to provide creative packages of care that meet national standards set out by NHSE and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Quality Network.

The post holder will be involved in the triaging of referrals to the service, carry out perinatal assessments and will deliver specialist therapeutic interventions aimed at addressing identified perinatal and infant mental health needs in the family. The post holder will have the opportunity to train in further perinatal specific training to support them in their role.

The core purpose of the team in which the post-holder will work, is to deliver high quality, tailored interventions in maternal mental health and attachment based approaches to mothers and infants in Cornwall. The service will have a key role in raising the profile and standards of mental health care for expectant and newly delivered mothers across universal and specialist services.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Core qualification eg RMN, OT or SW (with mental health experience)
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff or willingness to undertake training.


  • Qualification in delivering therapeutic interventions eg CBT.
  • Experience providing therapeutic interventions aimed at enhancing and developing attachment between mother and baby or willingness to train in such



  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment
  • Experience of managing a busy caseload of clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Show good interpersonal and communication skills through a variety of mediums being sufficiently IT literate to use a number of IT systems available to the team to promote good team working and communication
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and knowledge base underpinning mental illness in the perinatal period


  • Providing therapeutic interventions aimed at enhancing and developing attachment between mother and baby or willingness to train in such.
  • Leadership and management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Truro Health Park

Infirmary Hill



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