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Perinatal Mental Health Service Practitioners

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa dependent on experience
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Perinatal Mental Health Service is a growing specialist service for women and families in Sheffield.

You will need to be an experienced Mental Health Practitioner (we are inviting applications from a range of professional backgrounds) with a real passion for perinatal mental health. Experience in this field is not essential and full induction is offered, but you will be keen to develop a career in this area. You should have attained a level of experience proportionate to the competencies detailed in the job description, possess the skills as detailed in the person specification and be able to work autonomously and with partner agencies. We are a trauma informed service that seeks to understand presenting difficulties in the context of people's whole lives and work with that to promote understanding. You will be a compassionate practitioner who wants to make a difference to families.

We are recruiting to both some permanent and temporary hours, and are inviting applicants from both part time and full time candidates.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a Practitioner in the Perinatal Mental Health Service in the Sheffield hub.
  • To triage referrals into the service and work into a duty rota.
  • To undertake the assessment and co-ordinate the treatment plans of clients with, or at high risk of, childbirth related serious and complex mental illness.
  • To provide specialist advice about evidence based treatments for perinatal mental health disorders, both to other professionals and to service users and their families.
  • Joint working with other services and organisations is an essential part of the role, especially with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems, who may need the additional skills of this specialised service during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
  • To support clients with their recovery from or adaptation to their mental health difficulties and ensure timely and safe discharge from the service.

About us

The Trust is a major employer and provider of services. We are committed to recruiting people who fit our organisational values. These are:
  • Respect - we listen to others, valuing their views and contributions
  • Compassion - we show empathy and kindness to others so they feel supported, understood and safe
  • Partnership - we engage with others on the basis of equality and collaboration
  • Accountability - we are open and transparent, acting with honesty and integrity., accepting responsibility for outcomes
  • Fairness - we ensure equal access to opportunity, support and services
  • Ambition - we are committed to making a difference and helping to fulfil aspirations and hopes of our Service users and staff

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To work with the other staff in the perinatal mental health service to triage, assess and care plan for women presenting with mental health problems
  • To include women, their families and carers in decision making and care planning
  • To signpost or refer patients to appropriate statutory and non-statutory services
  • To work closely with the external stakeholders to promote a good care experience for perinatal women
  • To conduct routine and emergency biopsychosocial, risk and mental health assessments in accordance with service policy
  • To safely discharge patients from the perinatal mental health service in collaboration with other perinatal mental health service staff
  • To negotiate clinical input from other disciplines from within and external to the perinatal mental health service to ensure the provision of a clinically appropriate and multidisciplinary approach
  • To develop close working links with other mental health teams and agencies to enable swift and appropriate transfer between services
  • To contribute to the development of robust MDT care plans in consultation with patients, families/carers, community teams, primary care, childrens services and other appropriate service providers
  • To work in line with Safeguarding Children and Adult policies and procedures, including participation in safeguarding meetings when required
  • To participate in clinical supervision both on an individual basis and team/peer supervision
  • To be a source of specialised perinatal mental health knowledge for any person requesting this, e.g. midwife, health visitor, support worker, carer
  • To assist in the writing and delivery of training to other NHS colleagues, voluntary organisations and other groups as required
  • To offer support and guidance to other team members
  • To contribute to the teaching and support of students as required
  • Maintain clinical records according to professional and Trust standards
  • To attend and contribute to clinical and team meetings within the perinatal mental health service
  • To contribute to delivering interventions to support recovery
  • To work flexibly and provide cover in the absence of other clinicians within the perinatal mental health service
  • To provide comprehensive written reports as required

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oEducated to degree level or above/equivalent
  • oQualified practitioner (e.g. Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist) registered with a relevant professional body
  • oEvidence of continuous professional development in mental health work
  • oDesire to learn the specialism and attend training
  • oTo be comfortable delivering training
  • oNon-medical prescriber
Experience Essential
  • oConfidence in multi-agency/multi- disciplinary work
  • oPassion for family focused early intervention work
  • oRelevant post qualification experience
  • oExperience of / training in use of psychological therapies and approaches
  • oWorking with mums / infants / dads and partners
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • oKnowledge of Perinatal mental health issues, relating theory to practice
  • oAbility to work independently, with sound decision making skills
  • oEffective assessment, intervention and evaluation skills ensuring the provision of evidence based care packages including risk assessment and risk management
  • oSound working knowledge of the Care Programme Approach and Safeguarding procedures (child and adult)
  • oExcellent verbal and written communication skills
  • oExperience of being a Care Co-ordinator
  • oUnderstands the national perinatal care pathways.
  • oCritical thinker, reflective practitioner
  • Trauma informed practitioner

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