Operational Team Leader - North Kent Perinatal Mental Health

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Perinatal Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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There has been a £2.3bn investment in mental health which has been identified in the Long Term Plan. This additional investment will support further service developments for perinatal mental health.

This is set out in detail in the Mental Health Implementation Plan, and includes:
  • Increasing the availability of specialist PMH community care for women who need ongoing support from 12 months after birth to 24 months
  • Improving access to evidence-based psychological therapies for women and their partners
  • Mental health checks for partners of those accessing specialist PMH community services and signposting to support as required

We are therefore delighted to be able to advertise an Operational Team Lead post for the Perinatal Mental Health Community Service

We are seeking an experienced registered practitioner (Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist) to manage and provide clinical leadership to the North Kent Team. The team are based in Dartford however, cover the localities of Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley, Medway & Swale

Main duties of the job

In order to be considered for this post you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Minimum of 3 years posts registration experience in Mental Health
  • A registered practitioner, either Occupational Therapist or Mental Health Nurse
  • Previous management experience
  • Advanced supervisory and appraisal skills
  • Advanced clinical experience and knowledge
  • Experience of liaising with a variety of stakeholders
  • Planning and decision making skills
  • Good knowledge of clinical governance and how you can contribute towards this
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Leadership skills - ability to guide and motivate others in clinical aspects and through periods of change
  • Example of contribution to service development.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The purpose of the job is to provide operational management, leadership and expertise to a multi professional specialist perinatal mental health team. Ensuring timely delivery of a safe and effective service to the locality of North Kent, for women aged 18 and over and, their families who are experiencing significant perinatal mental health difficulties.

To ensure systems and processes exist to support staff performance in accordance with Trust objectives

To report on and contribute to the monitoring, evaluation and audit of the performance and clinical practice of the locality service

To liaise with and work collaboratively with other Care Groups to promote the interface between the Perinatal Mental Health Community Service (PMHCS), Adult Acute and Community Mental Health services to enhance the patient experience and recovery

To work in close collaboration with the Mother & Baby Unit

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistered Occupational Therapist / Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • oTeaching and assessing qualification.
  • oLeadership CPD to diploma standard
  • Further Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Training
Experience Essential
  • oMinimum of 3 years post registered experience at Band 6
  • oExperience of managing a complex case load within a Community setting
  • oLeadership experience and skill of managing multi-disciplinary team
  • oChange management skill
  • Experience of working in Perinatal Mental Health
Knowledge Essential
  • In-depth knowledge of the Care Programme Approach
  • Sound knowledge of legislation relevant to area of practice, i.e. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act.
  • Knowledge of Perinatal Mental Health Conditions
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Policies & procedures
  • Knowledge of Perinatal Mental Health treatment & interventions
Skills Essential
  • oAbility to effectively manage a team
  • oAble to motivate staff and manage complexity in change.
  • oComputer skills acquired through training or practical experience

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