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Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
9 Jul 2024
37.5 hours per week.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Perinatal Mental Health Team as a Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner.

The role is working within a friendly and diverse multidisciplinary team. You will be enthusiastic and willing to share our vision to deliver excellent patient care.

We are looking for someone with great communication skills, highly motivated and forward thinking to be able to deliver mental health support to our service users and their wider support system.

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team, contributing to the effective provision of Perinatal Mental Health Services to an identified caseload of women.

The post holder will work as a member of the team and liaise with a wide range of both statutory and non-statutory agencies to assist in providing holistic care in pregnancy and up to 2 years postnatal. To ensure a safe and affective care pathway is maintained for women and their families.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1.Contribute to the teams engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including staff, women and their families, their careers, and other statutory and voluntary sector agencies.

2.Impart complex and sensitive information to:

a.Women and their families/carers re assessment, care planning, treatment, and review

b.Primary care teams regarding womens care

c.Multi-disciplinary teams within the womens hospital and LWSW to ensure the provision of consistent well-coordinated care.

d.External agencies also involved in the provision of care e.g.: voluntary and private sector, police, social services, housing, employment etc.

e.Relevant community groups

3.Liaise with a wide range of other professionals and agencies.

4.Contribute to the safe and effective day to day operations of the service including the handling of clinical enquires.

5.Present information some of which may be contentious to women and their families/carers.

Ensure equality of access to services for all women paying particular attention to diversity issues and women from hard-to-reach groups.


1.Maintain a caseload of appropriate clients.

2.Responsible for developing care packages including assessing, planning, intervention and evaluation. Ensuring active involvement of women and their families

3.Triage referrals by assessing and advising on eligibility criteria.

4.Provide specialist advice to referrers/other multi-disciplinary staff in relation to the care of the client.

5.Participate in all aspects of safeguarding including safeguarding children to level 3 as set out in safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff.


1.Attend management and professional meetings as directed by their line manager and professional lead.

2.Responsible for planning and coordinating own day to day workload in collaboration with the needs of women and their families and the wider needs of the service.

3.Plan and organise case conferences liaising with other agencies as required to meet the needs of women and their families.

4.Ensure that interventions are planned in an integrated and coordinated manner particularly where dependent on other external agencies.

5.Participate in programs of audit and research within the team and implement the findings.

6.Contribute to professional clinical governance arrangements in order to ensure the quality of the service provided.

7.Participate in the development of Mental Health Services.

8.Maintain up to date client records in a timely and accurate manner.

9.Practice in a way that actively minimises dependency and promotes recovery.

10.Communicate information in a way that makes it relevant and understandable for of women and their families, working to the principles of the functions policy implementation guidelines and practice in line with the standards and values set out in them.

11.Contribute to the development of standards for the perinatal mental health service.

12.Aim to uphold the principles and approach of CPA, whether people are formally in CPA or not.

13.Work co-operatively with staff colleagues including accepting staff recent assessment of the client, if the client is transferred to them, in order to minimise the disruption to the client.

14.Ensure a duty of care to your patients and clients, who are entitled to receive safe and competent care. The womans wishes, feelings, values and beliefs should be taken into consideration as well as the views of the people close to them.

15.Take personal accountability for your own practice. This means that you are answerable for your actions and omissions, regardless of advice or directions from another professional.

16.Ensure that you remain professionally competent by participating in your own and others clinical supervision.


1.To assume responsibility for own personal development.

2.Identify training needs via mode of PDP.

3.To ensure Livewell SW mandatory training is completed at scheduled times.

4.Attend regular CPD events.

5.Maintain Professional registration.


1.Provide clinical supervision for a number of qualified staff.

2.Periodically co-ordinate the activity of the team and facilitate handover meetings.

3.Mentor students allocated to the team.

Person Specification



  • Core qualifications in any mental health modality such as Nursing, CPN, Social Worker, OT appropriate registration relevant to professional qualification, post graduate training qualification in methods of working with mental health problems, e.g., CBT, systemic practice, psychological interventions.


  • Skills in evidence based psychological interventions such as CFT, parent infant interventions such as mentalisation in practice.



  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and Child Protection, National Service Framework, Learning Disability specific legislation and documents, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act. Knowledge around presentations, interventions in relation to perinatal mental health. An understanding of resilience and vulnerability.


  • Knowledge of different models of therapy, e.g., CBT, CFT, DBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, solution focused therapy.



  • Experience (both work and life related) of working in a multidisciplinary context. Management experience, minimum of 3 years post-registration experience of people who have experienced mental health and psychological well-being difficulties. Experience in assessment, including risk, care planning, intervention, and evaluation. Maintaining own safety in the community setting by working within relevant policies. Experience of effective working within a multi-agency safeguarding system, e.g., adult/child protection conferences, child in need meetings. Ability to travel across Plymouth and ability to work flexibly (hours of work and duties) both as an individual and with other colleagues in LWSW and with partner agencies. Able to undertake the demands of the post with reasonable adjustments where required.


  • Experience in the delivery of training. Experience of service evaluation. Car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport to enable you to undertake the job. It is unlikely that public transport will meet this requirement. Adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act.



  • Mental Health and Risk assessment, care planning, evaluation, and intervention skills. Well established case management skills and good organisation skills with the ability to prioritise workload. Well-developed communication skills both oral and written. Commitment to anti-oppressive practice. Ability to work in partnership and in collaboration with others, both in and out of own agency/professional background. Commitment to own learning and professional development. Reflective practitioner.


  • Culturally competent assessment and intervention skills. Specific therapeutic skills relevant to working with the perinatal client group. Consultation skills. Training skills. Self-motivating and able to work on own initiative.

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Ridgeview, Plympton Clinic - 1st Floor

Station Road




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