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Specialist Health Visitor in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata (Banding subject to AfC evaluation)
Closing date
31 May 2024
The role of the Specialist Health Visitor Perinatal and Infant Mental Health role is to work in collaboration and assist in leading and developing the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health services within the 0-19 universal offer in Derby City.

They will assist in the delivery and implementation of evidence based training, such as the New-born Observation toolkit (Brazelton). To facilitate workshops to support staff through this process. To complete clinical Audits to provide assurance of a competent confident workforce.

The Specialist Health Visitor will ensure, jointly with other services, the creation of multidisciplinary pathways, policies and procedures to address the mental health needs of women, infants in the perinatal period and their families.

The Specialist Health Visitor will provide relevant clinical supervision, training and support to the universal children's services in relation to Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. The emphasis will be on early intervention, prevention of mental health difficulties, and the promotion of positive relationships between parents and their infants.

Provide leadership and embed up to date research and evidence based practice and ensure effective dissemination to all Public health nursing staff to ensure the efficient delivery of the Healthy Child Programme.

This post will be considered on a secondment basis- Please note that you must have prior approval from your current line manager before applying for a secondment post.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide a link between health visitors, midwives, GPs, Adult and Child Mental Health
  • Provide clinical supervision to staff where there are concerns about perinatal and/or infant mental health
  • Implement Brazelton training to staff and offer support workshops at regular intervals to support its implementation into practice Services and other agencies in relation to families where there challenges to the parent infant relationship and where there are significant mental health issues.
  • Develop comprehensive care pathways for women and families affected by mild, moderate and severe maternal mental health problems
  • To work collaboratively with key stakeholders to develop joint pathways.
  • The post holder will prioritise, organise and provide clinical leadership for work within the Health Visiting Service, ensuring that available resources are focussed on service need.
  • The post holder will provide highly specialist clinical input to the teams, ensuring the service delivers evidence based practice to the highest possible standard.
  • To work closely with the 0-19 management team, acute services and other external agencies in developing the service and to improve partnership working and joint service provision in accordance with the local and national children's policy agenda.
  • The post holder will ensure equal opportunities, diversity and social inclusion in line with Trust policy & procedures.
  • To ensure resources are used effectively.

About us

Are you passionate about improving the outcomes for children and their families. Do you have a keen interest in perinatal and infant mental health services and the development of this.

Do you want to work with a children's service that has been identified as 'Outstanding' byCQC and also is Baby Friendly Accredited?

Then come to work for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust!

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.
  • Provide and lead on the development of perinatal and infant mental health services within Derby City to Health Visiting/ School Nursing Teams which will include pre and post registration students.
  • Provide guidance and support to members of staff through clinical supervision where it has been highlighted there are concerns with perinatal/ infant mental health.
  • Liaise with other services to improve perinatal service provision for these families and promote integration of services.
  • Ensure all family members receive appropriate information about mental health illness in a
  • Identify areas for research, audit and development relevant to Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. Initiate and participate in research and clinical audit programmes.
  • To act as a link worker for the local mother and baby unit one day a week. To offer the Healthy Child programme to these families and act as a liaison with Health Visiting services outside of Derby City

Person Specification



  • Has an understanding of change management.
  • Has experience of implementing clinical improvement projects



  • SCPHN - HV
  • Demonstrates Leadership skills
  • Recent and relevant experience as a HV
  • Understanding of current service delivery model
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills


  • Completed Leadership course



  • Has experience of working with families experiencing perinatal mental health issues
  • Has experience of giving clinical supervision


  • Has training/ experience of delivering Brazelton to families

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Paul's House

Jubilee Parkway


DE21 4BB

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