Specialist Health Visitor Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Perinatal Care
Band 7
Part Time
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This is an exciting role in the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team and an opportunity to be part of developing the service in line with the NHS Long Term Plan. We are an expanding team who value training and development opportunities for our team members and place a high emphasis on quality and inspirational care.

The Specialist Health Visitor will lead and develop on perinatal and infant mental health based projects, provide therapeutic and educational interventions to families and take on a training and consultation role with the wider health visiting services.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Health Visitor for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health will take a key role in advocating for and developing family and relationship focussed care within Specialist Perinatal Services. Supporting the team leaders to develop the core offer to provide care up to 2 years post natal, and by providing both direct therapeutic and educational interventions to families and a training & consultation role with health visiting services more widely.

The Specialist Health Visitor will provide a strong link between Specialist Perinatal Services, other key universal and statutory health and social care service provision, and also take a development and strategic role within locally delivered health visiting services.

The Specialist Health Visitor will be responsible for proactively leading and developing on Perinatal and Infant Mental Health based projects and developments across the identified locality.

This is a key role in the wider service development in line with long term plan, ambitions of family focussed support and in development of maternal mental health services in maternity settings. This will include auditing of service provision against local pathways, providing relevant consultation, training and support to many varying partners 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.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification)andvalues.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse/Midwife/RMN.
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting)
  • Documented evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Recent Study in Parent/Infant MH.
  • Mentoring/Coaching/ Teaching/Supervision qualification
  • NBAS/NBO Trained.
  • Nurse Prescribing V100.
  • IHV Perinatal Mental Health Training
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Understanding of attachment theory and its relevance to parent/infant mental health
  • Ability to develop and maintain up-to-date research based professional knowledge about Perinatal and Infant MH.
  • Understanding of the impact of poor parental mental health on infants and other family members, and the role that the health visiting services can play in mitigating this.
  • Have good up to date knowledge of local services available to pregnant and postnatal women in relation to their mental health needs.
Experience Essential
  • An amount of current Health Visitor experience.
  • Experience supporting mothers with their perinatal mental health, including children and families.
  • Experience of delivering training to a range of health and social care professionals.
  • Management, Leadership and Supervision Experience.

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