Specialist Health Practitioner (Health Visitor)

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Perinatal Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day, using your skills, experience, and compassion to help women who are struggling with their mental health in the perinatal period?

Would you like to live in Cornwall? A county of outstanding natural beauty with its endless rugged coastlines, beautiful countryside, and unbeatable beaches. Attracting millions of visitors each year, this could be your chance to move here permanently and make a difference to families in our community.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. Our Specialist Perinatal Mental Health team has been growing over the past 9 years to provide a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to caring for women experiencing mental health illness during the perinatal period. We are a county wide service with a base currently in Truro. As the only Specialist Health Practitioner (Health Visitor) in the team you may be expected to travel across the county.

Main duties of the job

The team consists of qualified and trainee nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, nursery nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, administration, and peer support workers led by a dedicated service lead, supported by two deputies. The team work collaboratively to support recovery and improving bonds with baby in the crucial first 1001 days.

Many women on caseload see multiple members of the team to ensure we deliver a holistic, high quality service that is safe, person-centred, and focused on family and recovery. Regular 121, group support and supervision are provided, along with CPD and regular training opportunities to enable you to feel assured and grow in your role.

We are looking for a dynamic and solution-focused team player who is passionate about high quality care for women and their babies across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. You will be outcomes driven and able to work collaboratively with our organisational partners in IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies), Infant mental health, Special Parenting Service, Maternity Services, health visiting, the MBU (Mother and Baby Unit) in Devon, and other partnership agencies to deliver a unified and safe service to expectant and new mothers, their babies and partners. You will have a special interest in perinatal mental health with relevant experience or evidence of personal development in this field.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Education and qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse qualification plus Community Specialist Practitioner in Public Health - Health Visiting (BSc Hon) or equivalent
  • Further qualification a relevant subject or evidence of Masters level study or equivalent
  • Additional qualifications relevant to the post e.g. mental health, infant mental health or counselling
Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • Experience of working with highly complex clinical presentations where co-morbidity indicates a range of therapeutic interventions, requiring the practice to liaise across the team and within a multi-agency framework.
  • Knowledge of legislation and the implications for both clinical practice and professional development in relation to infants/children and parent/carers and mental health.
  • Experience of multi-agency working
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'contain' the stress of others, drawing on specialist psychoanalytic knowledge.

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