Perinatal Lead Practitioner/ Deputy Team Manager

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum | pro-rata
Closing date
18 Oct 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist with a passion for perinatal mental health? Are you looking for a rewarding role, allowing you to utilise your skills to make a real difference to women suffering from mental health issues associated with pregnancy and childbirth in Buckinghamshire? Successful candidate willwork with some of our complex perinatal mental health cases, whilst supporting the team in a managerial role.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be able to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, respecting the input of all the professions and professionals within this.

The successful candidate will need to:
  • Have a positive attitude and passion for perinatal mental health services.
  • Have an understanding of perinatal mental health and its impact on service users.
  • Be proactive, flexible and adaptable in order to meet the needs of our diverse service and the changing demands associated with community perinatal mental health service.
  • Be committed to delivering high quality care.
  • Be familiar with current legislation, guidelines and processes that may affect the way in which mental health care is delivered.
  • Be prepared and able to travel across the Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern areas of Buckinghamshire.
  • Be able to use professional skills to support and motivate colleagues and service users.

Excellent communication, organisational and liaison skills are essential to ensure that the links and relationships already developed by the team are maintained to deliver a high quality and responsive perinatal mental health service.

All applicants must have excellent clinical skills and a good level of post registration experience, proven ability to complete comprehensive mental state examinations, thoroughly assess risk, and document and communicate these clearly and concisely.

About us

Buckinghamshire Perinatal Mental Health Team is a community-based, forward-thinking service, committed to the delivery of quality patient service that is dynamic to meet the needs of our service users. Our team works with women pre-conceptually, in pregnancy & postnatally where there are mental health concerns and we are committed to improving the outcomes of mothers, babies and families. We are based at The Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury and Saffron House in High Wycombe, providing assessments and treatment for the above-mentioned group of patients.

The team was South-East Regional Winner in The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award category of the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020 and shortlisted for the national award.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

If you are successfully recruited into this post, you will have access to regular supervision, internal and external training opportunities.

There will be opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of training to professionals involved in the care of women during the perinatal period whilst being supported in your own development and training.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Achieved grade and experience
  • Achieved grade
Experience Essential
  • Experienced Community Mental Health Clinician
  • Mental Health experience
Previous Managerial Experience Essential
  • Previous managerial experience
  • Some supervisory experience

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