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Lead Community Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year incl. Fringe HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you aspire to change peoples lives for the better? To work flexibly in a highly regarded team who strive to provide high quality care primarily to mothers, alongside their babies and partners. Ensuring women experience positive mental health during pregnancy and postnatally. We offer excellent training and development opportunities to enable you to work in this specialism, including perinatal conferences, simulation training, post graduate opportunities and regular internal training.

The team is growing and we want to welcome onboard experienced mental health practitioners that have a passion for perinatal mental health care, that are willing to learn and grow with the team and do their very best to make a difference. In return you will be rewarded with great job satisfaction, the privilege of being part of women and babies lives at such a special time and making a difference to their future. Alongside this; being part of a supportive, caring and progressive team.

We are looking to recruit a Lead Community Mental Health Practitioner for the SW Team (based in Godalming). We will consider applicants for both part time or full time hours. The ability to work across Surrey is essential and a car is required. Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more or to visit the service.

Main duties of the job

As a lead member of the team, you will provide specialist assessments and interventions to women during the perinatal period up to 24 months postnatal. The team works closely with the mental health midwives and obstetricians from the local maternity units Royal Surrey County hospital and Frimley Park Hospital. You will hold a caseload of women for a specified locality and participate in triaging new referrals on a rotational basis supported by experienced team members.

The post holder will develop strong links with the Parent Infant mental health service, Health Visiting, Family Nurse Partnership, Midwifery, Adult mental health, Children's services and the voluntary sector.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Overview

This role will be responsible for providing high quality mental health care within the perinatal service, by ensuring relevant clinical supervision is provided to staff, standards of service provision are set, monitored and maintained and that the women who use the service are involved in the service in the way they wish to be.

Key Responsibilities

To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the registered professional body (NMC/HCPC)

To participate in the development and implementation of the specialist teaching/training packages which will be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in the women using the service.

To ensure provision of the necessary physical care to the women who use the service and liaising with the appropriate midwifery and obstetric services

To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

To participate in the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.

To contribute to the maintenance, monitoring and implementation of service standards and policies.

To promote shared decision making with service user/relatives/carers, as appropriate, involvement in all aspects of their care.

To undertake risk assessments and management strategies in line with trust and local policies, and ensure the delivery of care within same.

To recognize potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly to resolve the situation, seeking assistance if required.

To identify and address health education issues that cause risks relevant to the women accessing the perinatal service.

To demonstrate highly specialist nursing/OT or social work knowledge (dependent on qualification), alongside an interest in women's mental health.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Further training or experience to post graduate diploma level
  • 3 years experience post qualification in mental health which must include experience of providing clinical supervision
Qualifications Essential
  • NMC Registration as RMN or HCPC registration
  • Successful completion of Mentorship course or equivalent
  • Driving license suitable for use in the United Kingdom

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