Perinatal Community Mental Health Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 pa
Closing date
23 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about perinatal mental health care? Or would like to find out more about working in this specialism? Do you have an RMN qualification? If so, we are currently looking for enthusiastic, forward thinking and self-motivated individual to join our innovative and dynamic multidisciplinary team in providing high-quality, person-centred care to women/birthing people and their families.

The Hampshire, IOW and Farnham Perinatal Community Mental Health Team provides mental health support and services for women/birthing people and their families during pregnancy and up to 24 months after birth. The team prioritises women/birthing people with moderate to severe, and complex mental health needs. The service also provides consultation for advice, information and signposting for women/birthing people with a less severe mental illness in the perinatal period to primary care providers including GP’s Health visitors and maternity services as well as the women themselves

The successful post holder will be part of an innovative service providing specialist assessment, support and treatment for women and their families. This is an exciting opportunity to join the service during a transformational period as it delivers over the next 3 years the NHS Longer term plan (LTP) goals for perinatal services.

The service base is at Melbury Lodge which is located in Winchester.However as the team have expanded in geography over recent years we are transitioning to a “Hub and Spoke” model; in the near future the team will have sub locality bases within 3 geographical areas Mid and North, South West and East Hampshire – this post holder will be supporting within one of these areas depending on need of service at time of appointment. The post is a new and exciting role to support Band 6 specialist mental health practitioners across various regions of the service therefore, flexibility regarding working within Hampshire is essential. Car driver and use of car within work hours is essential.

We are looking for a clinician with a special interest in improving care for women/birthing people and their families. Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable; a keen interest in this specialist area is essential. You will also be able to access specialist training to build your perinatal knowledge, including:

• A two-day specialist perinatal mental health conference

• Annual in-house training

• Training around medication in pregnancy and breastfeeding from the team non-medical prescriber and consultant

• Opportunities to develop psychological skills

• An annual team away day

We offer a comprehensive induction package and nurses within the service are able to access specialist training both internally and externally in order to develop a high level of perinatal expertise regarding perinatal mental health conditions, risks and relapse factors, and evidence-based interventions. In addition, gain growing knowledge base on infant mental health, development and attachment and bonding.

You will also have the opportunity to plan your own career development plan with one of our trained career navigators to ensure that your career is going in the direction that you want it to. Within the service there is opportunity for future career development/progression.

Please note the hours of this post are 37.5 per week. Monday to Friday, we are open to discussions regarding flexible working.

For informal discussions, please contact Emily Kite (Perinatal Service Manager) or the Perinatal Community Team Leaders on 01962 897780.

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