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Band 6 Perinatal Specialist Practitioner - Hathaway Medical Centre

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
These are Band 6 posts however we would consider a Band 5/6 developmental post for the right candidate.

The BSW Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service is looking for Care Co-ordinators to join the team, to work in Swindon or Wiltshire.

The team is multidisciplinary, providing support for women who experience serious mental health problems or present with a high risk of relapse during pregnancy and the postnatal period. We offer assessment and treatment aimed at treating mental ill health and enhancing the mother infant relationship, where mental health needs have impacted upon this. We provide multi agency training in perinatal mental health to other professionals and agencies working with women in the perinatal period in addition to offering consultation and advice. Currently, the team is able to work alongside women and their families from pregnancy until their infants first birthday.

The Specialist Community Perinatal Team works across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire. We have a hub and spoke model - the hub is in Chippenham, Wiltshire. There are spoke bases in Paulton (BaNES), Swindon and Salisbury.

This post is suitable for experienced and professionally registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Social Workers. You must have experience of working with women in the perinatal period or a good understanding of the specific mental health issues that can affect these women.

Main duties of the job

Perinatal Mental Health is a rapidly expanding area with significant investment being made. This means that there will be high quality training and potential opportunities for career development for the successful candidates.

You will be required to provide assessment and care co-ordination for an allocated caseload of service users with perinatal mental health needs. This will include key tasks of undertaking high quality assessments, developing care plans, delivering and reviewing therapeutic interventions. You will act as a supervisor and role model to others. You will also be required to act as a mentor to students, cover duty on a rotational basis and provide training to teams both within and outside of AWP. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high level of decision making skills and to work independently. They must also have a good understanding of safeguarding.

Access to your own transport for work use is essential as public transport is unreliable in parts of the BSW area.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To undertake assessments.2. To be responsible for developing, delivering and reviewing comprehensive and complex treatment programmes3. To act as care coordinator4. To plan, deliver and evaluate defined, specialist therapeutic interventions as indicated in the assessment process ,in line with personal recovery plans.5. To deliver a range of defined activities/interventions to improve the carers ability to support the service user and to enable them in their relationship with the service user.6. To develop and maintain good partnership working with other services.7. In collaboration with service users and carers, to be responsible for facilitating the development of complex comprehensive crisis plans, rapid access plans, advance statements etc, involving other agencies such as primary care etc where appropriate.8. To be responsible for maintaining own workload, as well as planning the workload of others, on a day to day basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, utilising of electronic resources such as diaries/scheduling.9. To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line with local safeguarding policies and procedures.10. Undertake supervision for other colleagues within the team, covering for the manager and colleagues as required.11. To maintain health records.12. To participate in management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance withtrust policy.13. To provide mentoring/training for others in relevant practice areas.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Registered as an OT, SW or RMN (parts 3 or 13 of NMC register)
  • Formal post-graduate diploma level qualification in a relevant field

Experience and Knowledge


  • Significant post-qualifying clinical experience obtained in a variety of settings
  • Experience of working with women experiencing perinatal mental health needs/knowledge of demographic risk factors for this client group
  • Clear record of ongoing continuing professional development
  • Demonstrates experience as a Care coordinator or equivalent role of complex cases
  • Demonstrates a detailed understanding in the theory and practice of Recovery Principles
  • Experience in prioritising and managing the work of a team or others
  • Experience of motivating and engaging others in challenging situations to maintain progress towards goals


  • Experience or delivery of training / teaching within MDT/external organisations

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to articulate an advanced and detailed understanding of the relevant legal Frameworks
  • Demonstrates a clear knowledge and understanding of the issues and statutory processes involved in caring for vulnerable people
  • Supervisory experience skills including clinical supervision, appraisals etc
  • Confident in presenting complex information to varied audiences
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills, both written and verbal particularly relating to sensitive and effective written communication with service users and carers
  • Able to deal effectively with multiple deadlines and competing priorities
  • Able to demonstrate personal resilience in the face of change

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Hathaway Medical Centre

Middlefield Road


SN14 6GT

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