Assessment and Triage Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year incl. Fringe HCAS
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Perinatal Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you aspire to change peoples lives for the better? Would you like to work flexibly in a highly regarded service accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Do you strive to provide high quality care primarily to mothers, alongside their babies and partners by 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, regular internal training and team away days.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of a dedicated assessment and triage team within the Perinatal Mental Health Service. We are thrilled to offer this position to an appropriately skilled, self-motivated mental health nurse, occupational therapist or social worker.

The Perinatal Service is growing and we want to welcome onboard a mental health practitioner that has a passion for perinatal mental health care, who is 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 being part of a supportive, caring and progressive team.

Main duties of the job

There is great flexibility in the role and opportunity to be based at either of the team bases in Chertsey (North West team), Epsom (East Team) or Godalming (South West Team). We currently have two part-time positions and working hours are negotiable.

As an Assessment and Triage Practitioner you will work as part of a team in the clinical management of new referrals coming into the service alongside the band 7 Clinicians and supported by other senior members of the team each day. The role involves initial telephone or video screening assessment of new referrals as well as carrying out urgent assessments when clinically indicated and routine assessments, alongside developing an appropriate plan of care either via the team or signposting to more appropriate support.

As a member of the team, you will provide specialist assessments and recommend interventions to women during pregnancy, delivery and up to 2 years postnatal, supported by the MDT. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong communication skills and a motivation to develop robust links with our predominant referrers namely - GPs, Midwives, Health Visiting and Adult mental health services including Home Treatment Teams, Psychiatric Liaison Services and Mother and baby units.

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

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the mental health needs of the women accessing the service and lead the care for a specified caseload. To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students.

Suitable for someone who is passionate about ensuring a high quality holistic approach to the care and support provided to the women who have been identified as in need of perinatal support to enable them to have a positive experience of pregnancy, childbirth and during the 2 years of motherhood.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • 2 years experience post qualification in mental health
Qualifications Essential
  • Registration NMC or HCPC
  • Professional Qualification as RMN/RN (Mental Health) or Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with professional registration (NMC/HCPC)
  • Driving license suitable for use in the United Kingdom

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