Early Parenthood Specialist Nurse

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, innovative and passionate practitioner to join the Early Parenthood Service, a newly developed specialist team to provide early support and specialist interventions by working with families from early pregnancy to improve engagement in health services and therefore improve antenatal health, attachment and child health and development.

Early Parenthood Specialist Nurses are expected to develop therapeutic relationships with families and work intensively within complex situations to achieve agreed expected outcomes. This is a demanding specialist role requiring high levels of professional skills and practice and the ability to work as part of a team. Regular individual supervision and team psychology supervision will allow time for reflection to unpick the complexities you will face on a daily basis.

The Early Parenthood Specialist team will be integrated within the Blackpool Early Help and Start for Life offer and therefore the post will be in part based within a family hub.

Applications are welcomed from qualified nurses/midwives who meet the person specification from a variety of backgrounds for example Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Drugs and Alcohol services, School Nursing, Health Visiting, Midwifery, Sexual Health. The post is full time and fixed term for 20 months.

Main duties of the job

The Early Parenthood Service seeks to work in collaboration with families and the multiagency partnership to encourage and enable them to be the best parents they can be. As a Specialist Nurse within the team your work will be guided by the aims of the service .
  • More babies to stay in the care of their parents safely and are cared for and loved.
  • Parents get support for themselves and their family when they need it
  • Parents can better interact with their babies and children
  • Babies and young children are given the best start in life with approaches tailored to their individual needs
  • Consistent and improved support is provided for families who may be separated from their baby close to birth due to safeguarding concerns.
  • Through their journey into parenthood, parents will experience a seamless journey, with all approaches being trauma informed.

The successful candidate will be supported through training and peer support to develop high-level generalist and specialist skills to develop a tool kit of resources that can be utilised to facilitate the delivery of tailor-made interventions for each individual family.

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To lead in a multi-agency triage panel for all referrals to identify the right service at the right time for each referral, including step up and down to other services according to the familys needs.
  • To use the tool kit of resources available when in family homes to achieve the following.
    • improve family engagement
    • Improve the outcomes of pregnancy.
    • improve childrens health and development by enabling parents to provide more sensitive and competent care of them and
  • To work therapeutically with a range of family members to promote behaviour change and positive outcomes for children and families.
  • To take a lead professional role when required where children and young people with additional needs require an integrated package of support from more than one practitioner/service.
  • To take a lead professional role when required where a parent has a Special Education al Need or Disability (SEND) and requires an integrated package of support from more than one practitioner/service.
  • Through continuous monitoring and engagement in reflective supervision, to ensure that expertise in clinical methods is developed and maintained, that the service offered is of high quality.
  • To work in collaboration with local statutory and mainstream services to ensure that families become confident in accessing a range of other universal health and support services and are supported as they step down from Early Parenthood Service.
  • Assimilate a large volume of highly complex new information in a very short space of time and having the necessary skills to quickly apply new knowledge and skills to the practical work environment.

  • Undertake home visits:
  • Use high level interpersonal and communication skills to provide and receive complex and often highly sensitive information. Use strengths based, solution focused strategies and motivational interviewing skills to enable families to develop behaviour change strategies.
  • Utilise specialist knowledge acquired through training, events, and other study, together with reflections on experience, to deliver a tailored programme from the skills tool kit.
  • Work effectively in potentially highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances, e.g. safeguarding children or family breakdown.
  • Develop therapeutic relationships, requiring in-depth mental attention and concentration for extended periods, and promote adaptive behaviour change in the family home and other environments.
  • Use professional and clinical judgement to undertake detailed assessments of families and analyse complex family situations in order to develop appropriate clinical interventions.
  • Actively engage and work with fathers and other members of the extended family to achieve positive outcomes for children.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to a range of clinical and family situations.
  • Work to initiate, plan and co-ordinate clients care in consultation and collaboration with other professionals and agencies involved in providing services to women and their families. This includes initiating an Early Help Assessment and taking lead professional role where required.
  • Always keep the safety of the baby and the client, and work within local safeguarding policies as appropriate.
  • Act on own interpretation of assessed clinical situation within the home setting, refer family onto other specialist services as required on own authority.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP), including professional assessments of childrens growth, development, and language skills.
  • Act on own interpretation of assessed clinical situation within the home setting and refer family/child onto other specialist services as required on own authority.
  • Propose changes to working practices or procedures for own work area as role evolves.
  • Complete full, accurate and contemporaneous records.
  • Keep informed of current healthcare and parenting developments to provide high quality home visiting services.

  • Administrative:
  • Provide timely and accurate data to monitor the impact of the interventions.
  • Maintain own caseload files and have good keyboard skills.
  • Input information onto EMIS templates after each visit in order to collate data for reporting purposes.
  • Use computer software to create reports for other professionals and safeguarding meetings as required.
  • Develop systems for user involvement and support clients to offer feedback on the service received, integrating this into local or national improvement measures.
  • Be aware of, inform and abide by the Trusts approved policies, standards and quality assurance initiatives including taking part in annual appraisals and mandatory training.

  • Team:
  • Participate fully in team activities, collaborating with others to achieve team goals and quality improvement measures.
  • Participate in quality improvement efforts with colleagues.
  • Audit own performance and participate in performance review with line manager.
  • Elicit and consider differing viewpoints when analysing complex issues.
  • Recognise the accomplishments of team colleagues.
  • Support a safe environment for open discussion.
  • Prioritise work manage time effectively by utilising individual skills, knowledge and competencies.
  • Provide mentoring for new team members, advice to colleagues and to team Quality Support Officer as required.

  • Personal and Professional Development:
  • Assess own learning needs and agree strategies to meet them with the line manager.
  • Actively engage in skill building to meet all competency requirements.
  • Successfully complete training programmes as agreed in order to deliver the Early parenthood specialist Team.
  • Undertake additional professional development as required.
  • Prepare for and actively engage in regular individual supervision.
  • Undertake joint home visits with line manager/team as required.
  • Attend and participate in case discussions and staff meetings.
  • Take part and complete annual appraisals and mandatory training.
  • Maintain professional registration and portfolio in line with NMC requirements.
  • Effectively managing the emotional intensity of the therapeutic relationship between the practitioner and client.
  • Working within complex family circumstances, including situations of safeguarding children

  • Clinical Governance/Quality
  • Participate in audit activity to evidence impact and quality of the service.
  • Participate in individual clinical/safeguarding supervision and preceptorship, mentorship with the team.
  • Support and facilitate the training and development of other team members who need to improve service delivery. This includes record keeping and improving clinical competency.
  • Maintain contemporaneous records that enable service delivery, provide an audit trail and demonstrates accountability, in line with NMC guidelines and employer policies.
  • Work within the clinical governance framework to ensure that governance is embedded in clinical practice.
  • Monitor the quality-of-care delivery and record keeping, ensuring wherever possible that it is evidence based.
  • Report any concerns regarding professional practice to the line manager or an appropriate other.
  • Participate in investigation, problem solving and remedial action where necessary.
  • Work within guidelines to identify and manage risk utilising expertise within or outside the organisation when needed.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety requirements with particular attention to lone worker and manual handling policies.

  • Additional information

    The Early Parenthood Service is a new service that is in development and therefore role, job descriptions may need to be reviewed in the future to accurately reflect the development of the service. Whilst this job description acts as a guide to the role, post holders may be requested to do other reasonable duties and activities.

    Person Specification



    • Nursing or midwifery qualifications and registered with the NMC
    • Degree level or equivalent professional qualification
    • Willingness to undertake specialist post graduate training and be assessed on competence in clinical field following training


    • Masters level education



    • Understand the difference between advice giving and motivational approaches
    • Willingness to undertake personal study to develop understanding of range of clinical areas
    • National and Local Safeguarding Policies


    • Attachment Theory
    • Self- Efficacy Theory
    • Human Ecology Theory
    • Behavioral change Theory
    • Parent/Infant Mental Health



    • At least 2 years' experience of working with families in deprived communities
    • At least 2 years' experience of midwifery and or child health
    • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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