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Perinatal Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inclusive of HCA
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Newham Perinatal Mental Health Team has an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Practitioner to join us. The post holder will be responsible for our intensive pathway, which focuses on supporting our high risk service users with MDT input and guidance. The post holder will also be involved in our on- going partners assessment clinic. Newham Perinatal Mental Health Team, is continuing to expand and develop this year in line with the Long Term Plan, so this will be a great opportunity to join us and be part of our development.

Post holders with a keen interest in perinatal mental health and who wish to develop in this field should apply

Applicants from Nursing, social work and Occupational therapy backgrounds are welcome to apply

Main duties of the job

To ensure that all borough service users over the age of 18 years who are pregnant, have infants under one-year-old, receive appropriate perinatal support for themselves and their baby. The main objective of the post is to provide mental health interventions to pregnant women and/or their partners/significant others. As a member of the multidisciplinary Perinatal Mental Health Service, the post holder will work constructively with colleagues to ensure a carefully planned 'safety network' of care is available for parents and babies. To deliver this in a manner that is competent, compassionate and recovery focused. This will be done through:
  • Direct work with perinatal women - assessment, treatment, planning and review, as part of our service intensive pathway.
  • Establishing needs of partners
  • Joint work with other staff
  • Advice and consultation to other staff
  • Attending perinatal CPA meetings
  • Liaison work with maternity services
  • Linking with the Named Professionals for Safeguarding Children, Psychiatric Liaison Team and other relevant staff
  • Promoting the development of Perinatal Mental Health services in assigned locality

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

This job description is intended as a guide to the main duties of the post and is not intended to be a prescriptive document. Duties and base of work may change to meet the needs of the service or because of the introduction of new technology. This job description may be reviewed from time to time and changed, after consultation with the postholder.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oEvidence of professional qualification in nursing/Occupational Therapy or social work
  • oEvidence of professional registration
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development including recently in perinatal mental health practice and safeguarding children practice
  • oEducated to degree level or equivalent
  • oClinical supervision training
  • oQualifications/ training in specialist skills e.g. therapeutic/ psychological interventions
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant post qualification experience
  • oExperience of managing a caseload of service users via CPA with evidence of completing high quality assessments
  • oExperience of working in a complex multi-disciplinary/ multi-agency context
  • oExperience of formal child protection processes and inter-agency work with families
  • oExperience of undertaking complex mental state, risk and needs assessments
  • oExperience of working in a multi-racial/cultural community and of working with interpreters
  • oExperience of multi-agency pre-birth planning for women with serious mental illness
  • oExperience of planning and delivery of training in response to identified needs
  • oExperience of contributing to policies and procedures
  • oSignificant post qualification experience working with women with serious mental illness
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oAbility to contribute to and facilitate effective multi-disciplinary/multi-agency working
  • oAbility to implement evidence-based practice
  • oAbility to liaise and offer highly specialist consultation to other agencies effectively
  • oAbility to effectively manage own clinical and administrative caseload and work under pressure at times of change
  • oAbility to identify, recognise and understand safeguarding children issues and refer appropriately
  • oAbility to provide highly specialist therapeutic assessments and a range of therapeutic interventions
  • oAbility to work in stressful situations and demonstrate emotional resilience.
  • oAbility to work in stressful situations and demonstrate emotional resilience.
  • oAbility to work flexibly across service boundaries and with professionals from health care settings such as maternity services
  • oExcellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • oAbility to work effectively from diverse minority ethnic and cultural backgrounds and families with a high level of deprivation, social isolation, exclusion and stigma.
  • oIT literate
  • oAbility to work as part of a multi-disciplinary and 'virtual' team
  • oAbility to develop and deliver training on perinatal mental health and associated issues such as safeguarding children, domestic violence
Knowledge and understanding Essential
  • oUp to date knowledge of evidence based practice and current developments in perinatal mental health
  • oKnowledge about mental illness in the perinatal period
  • oUp to date knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and associated legislation and government policy and its implications for mental health services
  • oKnowledge and understanding of diversity and equality issues and their application in perinatal mental health services
  • oKnowledge & understanding of contributions of other disciplines and professionals to a multi-agency service
  • oUnderstanding of clinical governance and audit issues
  • oUnderstanding of issues around information-sharing in relation to child protection and children in need
Other Essential
  • oUnderstanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity practice and related policies and procedures
  • oUnderstanding of and commitment to safeguarding children
  • oEvidence of networking with the field of perinatal mental health

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