Senior Perinatal Social Worker

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Perinatal Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) provides community perinatal services across 5 London boroughs, a new Maternity Trauma Loss and Care Service, as well as having a 10 bedded mother and baby unit based at Coombe Wood. We are pleased to recruit an enthusiastic social worker to our community Team.

The successful applicant would work with a multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, nursery nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists and peer support workers. Our multidisciplinary team is integrated, we believe in sharing skills and knowledge together as well as supporting each other to develop and offer the best pathways for the care and support of the service users we work alongside.

Main duties of the job

Vaccination: The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

The post-holder must be a qualified social worker and meet all essential person specification requirements for the post. We offer induction and tailored training will be given and encouraged. Clinical, professional supervision and the appraisal process are an integral part of our work. As an employer we also offer various training opportunities, dependent on how long you are in post and your development needs as well as the wider perinatal team offering internal training opportunities so the team continues to learn and evolve their practice and support of their service users and each other.

About us

We also offer training and development of your Social work practice to ensure that you are able to meet the Yearly CPD by Social Work England. We offer both local Social work forums, trust wide and pan London Perinatal social work forums to support the successful candidate in their role.

Job description Job responsibilities

Applicants are advised that as a result of the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date. As a consequence, you are urged to submit your application as soon as possible. Our Agenda for Change employment contracts are subject to a contractual 13-week probationary period.

Perinatal mental health disorders are those that complicate pregnancy and the postpartum year. The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service will offer a range of services for women who are planning to conceive , during their pregnancy and the postpartum period that:
  • Have an existing mental health condition or personality disorder
  • Develop a mental health condition or at risk of doing so
  • Have become new parents and experience difficulties during the parent-infancy relationship building
  • To ensure that women 18 years and above, who are pregnant and booked for delivery at the local maternity hospital and/or have infants under one year old, receive appropriate screening and identification of their mental health needs and are managed accordinglythroughout this period.
  • To provide supervision to the team of other staff, including midwives and health visitors, who manage one-to-one caseloads of pregnant women suffering from or at risk of developing mental illness
  • To provide on-going training, supervision, consultation and advice on mental health issues in childbearing to a range of professionals who work closely with this group of women.
  • The service aims to provide a pragmatic and user-friendly service where the post holder will take a leadership role in the further establishment, development and maintenance of structures toensure the teams accessibility, excellent communication, excellent assessment of patients and provision of expert assistance and advice about the management of mental health issues in the perinatal period. The post holder will be pivotal to the establishment of the ethos of the team and to the integration of Perinatal Mental Health Services and Maternity Services through development of and maintenance of good working relationships and collaborative partnerships with the in-patient service.

  • This will be achieved through:
  • Embedding as a specialist social worker within the community maternity services to perform multiagency liaison work, offering easy-to-access expert advice.
  • Working closely with Childrens Centres, charities and other third sector organisations to educate, improve access and outreach to local communities. This would include increased home visiting and the establishment of community satellite clinics and a move away fromhospital-based services where possible.
  • Regular targeted training programmes which will be disseminated and evaluated for a range of professionals.
  • Direct work in complex cases with women booked for delivery at the local maternity hospital, providing comprehensive assessment, treatment, planning and review.
  • Attendances at perinatal CPA meetings, to advise and ensure procedures are implemented.
  • Supporting the establishment of peer support groups in the local community
  • Supporting local antenatal classes to educate and promote positive mental health.
  • Setting up a virtual perinatal team of champions/named professionals, using existing staff within CMHTs, Psychology/IAPT services, Midwifery teams, Health Visitor teams, CAMHs, Children & Families Social Services and GP services. This will raise awarenessand improve the knowledge and skills of staff locally who work closely with this group of women, thus improving safety and quality of the care provided.
  • Working closely with the existing Liaison Psychiatry Services and Mother and Baby Unit.
  • Contributing to the development and dissemination of robust integrated CNWL /local Maternity Hospital perinatal care pathways and policies.
  • Contributing to the on-going development and establishment of Community Perinatal Mental Health Services
  • Attend and contribute specialist mental health knowledge at Child Protection Conferences, psychosocial meetings and birth planning meetings

  • Key working relationships: Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist Perinatal Psychiatry Administrator Specialist one-to-one midwives Local Acute /Maternity Hospital both in-patient & community Liaison Psychiatry Service and Mother and Baby Unit Other Perinatal Mental Health Teams across NW London Local mental health services (inc. Adult, CAMHS & Psychology/IAPT) Health Visitors Local Safeguarding Childrens team Local Children & Families Social Services GPs Voluntary and Third Sector Organisations

    Person Specification Education and qualifications Essential
    • oRegistered Social work qualification and evidence of current registration on Social Work England register
    • oEvidence of continuing professional development
    • Educated to degree level or equivalent
    • Dual qualified as AMHP or Best interest assessor or Practice educator
    • Recent experience of perinatal mental health practice and/or safeguarding children and Adult practice
    • Qualifications / training in specialist skills e.g. Family therapy/interventions/ psychological interventions
    Experience Essential
    • oProfessional knowledge acquired through degree /diploma
    • oExtensive post qualification experience
    • oExtensive post qualification experience working with women with serious mental illness in a secondary mental health setting either community or impatient
    • oExperience of managing a caseload of service users with evidence of completing high quality assessments
    • oExperience of working in a complex multi-disciplinary / multi-agency context
    • Experience of formal child protection processes and inter-agency work with families
    • Experience of formal Adult Safeguarding processes and inter-agency work with families
    • Experience of undertaking complex social needs, mental state, risk and needs assessments
    • Experience of working in a multi-racial/cultural community and of working with interpreters
    • Experience of multi-agency pre-birth planning (CPA) for women with serious mental illness
    • Experience of planning and delivery of training in response to identified needs
    • Evidence of networking within the Perinatal Psychitatry Specialty
    • Experience of working in obstetrics and gynaecology
    • Experience of supervising mental health / non mental health professionals
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options
    • Team/self management and organisational skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service.
    • Ability to contribute to and facilitate effective multidisciplinary/multi-agency working
    • Ability to implement evidence-based practice
    • Ability to liaise and offer highly specialist consultation to other agencies effectively
    • Ability to provide highly specialist therapeutic assessments and a range of therapeutic interventions
    • Ability to effectively manage own clinical and administrative caseload and work under pressure at times of change
    • Ability to identify, recognise and understand safeguarding children and adult issues and refer appropriately
    • Ability to develop and deliver training on perinatal mental health and associated issues such as safeguarding children, domestic violence
    • Ability to provide supervision to staff within own and other disciplines and to use supervision effectively
    • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries and with professionals from health care settings such as maternity services
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
    • Ability to work effectively with women from diverse minority ethnic and cultural backgrounds and with families with a high level of deprivation, social isolation, exclusion and stigma.
    • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary and 'virtual' team
    • Computer literate to an intermediate/ advanced level
    Knowledge and Understanding Essential
    • Up to date knowledge of evidence based practice and current developments in perinatal psychiatry
    • Knowledge about mental illness in the perinatal period
    • Up to date knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and associated legislation and government policy and its implications for mental health services
    • Up to date knowledge of the Care Act 2014 and associated legislation and government policy and its implications for mental health services
    • Knowledge and understanding of diversity and equality issues and their application in perinatal psychiatry services
    • Knowledge & understanding of contributions of other disciplines and professionals to a multi-agency service
    • Understanding of clinical governance and audit issues
    • Understanding of issues around information-sharing in relation to Child Protection and Children in Need
    • Knowledge of relevant Perinatal service models

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