Perinatal Community Mental Health Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Perinatal Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for experienced mental health professionals to join our team as a Mental Health Practitioners. In order to apply, you would need to have an appropriate qualification and relevant mental health experience to work as a Band 6 practitioner in secondary mental health services. This includes Mental Health Nurse , Social Worker or Occupational Therapist. Full and part time hours are available.

Our Specialist Perinatal Mental Health and Maternal Mental Health Teams supports woman and their families during pregnancy and up to 12 months after baby is born who are needing support with their mental health. Preconceptual advice is also offered as part of our service. This an exciting time to join our team as we continue to grow and develop to deliver a high-quality mental health response to women and their partners in the Perinatal period including development of the maternal mental health team . This post is part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary Specialist Perinatal Mental Health team which promotes a dynamic and innovative way of working. This includes triaging and responding to referrals, conducting face to face assessments and offering or supporting therapeutic interventions working closely with other team members to provide a holistic and bespoke approach to every family on our caseload.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the co-ordination of care needs, assessment, planning, and implementation of evidence based care to a defined group of service users and their carers within the service catchment area whilst under the guidance of senior staff. The post holder will provide professional advice and support to other agencies and members of the multi-disciplinary team.

This is a countywide community based post providing individualised assessment and care to women whose pregnancy or postnatal period is complicated by serious mental illness which reflects the Trust's policy to engage services users and their carers in all aspects of their care and treatment. The successful applicants will be given an area with in Somerset to work in to reduce driving . Whilst the admin base is in Bridgewater you will not be expected to attend Bridgwater every day.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a high standard of clinical care ensuring safe and effective assessment and treatment using highly developed clinical reasoning skills and appropriate assessment tools.
  • To manage a caseload and service delivery in accordance with and in order to contribute towards the attainment of Service/Trust productivity requirements and Quality priorities.
  • To facilitate the admission to or discharge from specialised inpatient Mother and Baby Units when required.
  • To work flexibly across a 5-day-a-week service.
  • To be compliant with CQC standards.
  • To delegate aspects of the patient treatment plan to other members of the team whilst maintaining overall responsibility for patients care, where appropriate.
  • To ensure the clinical practice of nursing members of the Perinatal Community Mental Health Team is of the highest standard.
  • To act as keyworker , ensuring up to date, risk assessments and reviews are in place.
  • Work with women to assess their mental health, recognise mental illness and identify their related needs and circumstances; and enable them to understand, manage and where appropriate change their behaviour.
  • Plan, implement, review and improve interventions to meet womens identified needs and manage risks identified
  • To assess carers and familys needs and develop, implement and review programmes of support for carers and families.
  • Protect people from abuse, neglect and harm.
  • Enable women to develop independent living skills in their own community.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy. Evidence of continuing professional development and maintenance of relevant professional qualification
  • oManagement training
knowledge and Experience Essential
  • oRelevant knowledge/experience of Perinatal Mental Health assessment and care planning oExperience of working with individuals in crisis in an inpatient or community setting oExperience of working with people with severe and enduring mental illnesses oEvidence of continuing professional development
  • oPrevious experience of working with women whose pregnancy or postnatal period is complicated by serious mental illness in any setting
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • oSound knowledge of national agenda for mental health. oHighly developed clinical reasoning skills. oSound knowledge of clinical/risk assessment and understanding of Information Governance principles. oHighly developed communication skills. oDelegation whilst maintaining overall responsibility for patients care, where appropriate. oDemonstrate the ability to lead a clinical team. oHighly motivated & able to engage with service users & carers to improve outcomes. oAbility to work independently and collectively.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Compassionate - Open minded, treats colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect. Intuitive and caring nature. Act in ways that support equality and diversity. To be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion. Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.
Other Essential
  • Must be a car driver with a valid driving licence or have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust, to meet the needs of the service.

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