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Community Perinatal Mental Health Nurse

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 Per Annum Inc
Closing date
5 Jun 2024
We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic, energetic and clinically confident community psychiatric nurses to join our Community Perinatal Teams across Lambeth and Lewisham due to further expansion of the Perinatal Community services. You will have experience of general adult inpatient, Mother and Baby inpatient unit, community mental health services or CAMHS. You will have experience of working with women who suffer from moderate to severe mental illness in the perinatal period.

You will be familiar with Perinatal community standards, governance and performance structures and confident in partnership work with other agencies such as Children and Family Social Services, Midwifery and Obstetric teams, CMHTs, Health Visitors and the Voluntary sector.

You will display excellent clinical knowledge and skilled practice in women with mental health disorders in the perinatal period. You will provide consistently skilled judgments in clinical work.

Working closely with your colleagues in PMHT's, you will receive support and be part of the on-going Perinatal workforce training within SLaM and London wide. In addition, you will be partof the Pan London Community Perinatal Nurses network. This is a great opportunity to supervise juniorstaff, student nurses as well asimplementing new ways of working using best practice and NICE guidelines.

Main duties of the job

  • Working autonomously within the parameters of the role leading on implementing the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.
  • Co-ordinating and evaluating collaborative patient-centred care getting feedback and improving plans with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
  • Providing accurate information about care in an accessible format to patients and their relatives / carers.
  • Liaising and working positively with members of the multi- disciplinary team and partner organisations.
  • Advocating for service users' needs and rights within Trust policy. Encouraging and empowering service users to have an optimum level of responsibility for their individual programme of care.

  • About us

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust(SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

    SLaM employ around 5000 staff and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, provide inpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark as well as substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    • Demonstrating an enhanced understanding of Mental Health signs and symptoms and an understanding of how these may present in practice including recognition of impact on patient presentation and behaviour including risk factors. Supporting junior staff to develop understanding of mental health signs and symptoms and develop appropriate responses to these in practice.
    • Contributing to an effective communication process with appropriate and accurate information to patients, carers, family, friends and colleagues. Engaging and listening carefully and actively and responding using appropriate language and accessible communication methods and skills. Developing communication skills to enable and support difficult conversations, acknowledging cultural differences and professional boundaries.
    • Demonstrating effective clinical communication and documentation to internal and external stakeholders ensuring effective verbal and written handover of relevant and objective information. Demonstrating ability to determine key information, ability to recognize and describe effectively symptoms of mental illness, distress or of a deteriorating patient, and ability to escalate issues of concerns effectively and in a timely manner.

    Person Specification



    • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse


    • Mentorship qualification



    • Experience of research-based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice.
    • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation


    • Experience of shift co-ordination.
    • Experience of supervising and mentoring junior staff and students.



    • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision.
    • Forms very effective working relationships with colleagues.
    • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics promotes equality and diversity.


    • Skilled in supervision of others, and in providing critical and constructive feedback.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


    Old Town hall



    SE6 4RU

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