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Perinatal Mental Health Nurse

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024
Northamptonshire Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service provides assessment and treatment to women experiencing or at an increased chance of experiencing a moderate to severe mental health condition during pregnancy and up to the child's 1st birthday. The service provides assessment and high quality evidence based interventions to an increasing number of women in Northamptonshire in line with the 5 Year Forward View and NHS Long Term Plan.

Main duties of the job

We now have an opportunity for a fixed term Maternity cover Band 6 role as a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner.

We are looking to recruit a Mental Health Nurse with significant experience who have a passion for delivering evidence based interventions. Applicants will need to have a genuine interest in Perinatal Mental Health and the development of the service, excellent communication skills, the ability to provide supervision to junior staff and mentorship to students.

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service also offers pre-conception advice for woman with a known mental illness wishing to conceive and provide training and education to professionals alongside experts by experience.

Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable as is knowledge of Perinatal Mental Health Conditions, prevalence rates, treatment interventions and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. A keen interest and passion for working with women and their families is a must, as is the ability to work closely with a range of professionals from health visiting, Maternity, Children's Services and the Third Sector.

If you want to work as part of our expanding specialised multi-professional team, we want to hear from you.

About us

NHFT welcomes applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status.

We would encourage applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in the organisation. In particular, applications from disabled people (with both visible and non-visible disabilities), people from black and minority ethnic communities and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) people.

We aim to use monitoring information provided by our staff and by job applicants to ensure that we do not discriminate in employment and to use this information to plan any Positive Action to address inequality.

NHFT supports three staff equality networks to help us to develop our equality practice, as well as providing peer support for staff. These are:
  • NHFT Staff Disability & Allies Network
  • NHFT BME Staff Development Network
  • NHFT LGBT & Allies Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification



  • RMN qualification and evidence of current registration on NMC register
  • Qualification to degree level or equivalent
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding children and young people or willingness to undertake
  • Mentorship qualification or willingness to undertake


  • Specialist training in perinatal and infant mental health



  • Experience working with women with serious mental illness
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience of undertaking detailed mental health assessments and developing care plans
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working including with statutory agencies
  • Substantial experience of managing a busy caseload of clients with a range of mental health problems


  • Experience of working with women in the perinatal period
  • Experience of liaison working with obstetrics and maternity services
  • Experience of previous innovative practice, leading change or service development
  • Experience of planning and delivery of training in response to identified needs

Skills & Knowledge


  • Specialist knowledge of perinatal mental health conditions and interventions or willingness to undertake training.
  • Specialist knowledge in attachment and infant mental health or willingness to undertake training.
  • Ability to provide specialist assessments and interventions to women in the perinatal period/willing to undertake training


  • Knowledge regarding risk within the perinatal period, red flags and MBRRACE-UK confidential enquiries in to maternal deaths
  • Knowledge of National policy and service development issues relating to perinatal mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust





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