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Perinatal Community Mental Health Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has become available for a Band 6 Practitioner to join Pennine Lancashire Specialist Perinatal Community MH Team. The Specialist Perinatal Community MH Team (SPCMHT) is an exciting new service development for the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria. Prior experience of perinatal mental health is not essential only an interest and desire to work within the field.

The SPCMHT aspires to provide an excellent comprehensive Perinatal Mental Health Service for the women of Lancashire and South Cumbria. We deliver a sustainable and resilient solution for women suffering from a mental illness in the perinatal period by focusing on improving outcomes for them, their infant and their families. We do this by effective multidisciplinary integrated team working and ensuring effective prevention that responds to local need by:
  • Intervening earlier to at preconception, during pregnancy and up to 2 years following delivery
  • On-going training of professionals from multiple disciplines
  • Improving pathways and processes for mothers, their families and professionals
  • Delivering a multi-disciplinary specialist perinatal mental health service to woman who present with severe/complex mental health needs, in accordance with CR197 staffing recommendations and delivery of NICE recommended intervention.

The post holder will carry a caseload and work with senior clinicians, have responsibility for the delivery of high quality care that will include delivering talk therapies.

Main duties of the job

To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary community mental health team offering a comprehensive perinatal mental health service to women experiencing mental health difficulties.

To participate in the development and maintenance of a quality region wide perinatal service through effective collaboration, liaison and prioritisation with statutory and non-statutory organisations.

Contribution to the building up of local care networks for mothers across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Region.

To work as a Care Co-ordinator in partnership with service users and other professionals' within the Care Programme Approach framework managing and co-ordinating complex packages of care for both mother and infant.

To act as an autonomous senior clinician being accountable for a defined caseload.

To manage self and practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conduct / The British Association and College of Occupational Therapists., recognizing limitations, demonstrating ability to practice within ethical and legal frameworks with clear understanding of service users, and their families' civil rights.

To support, supervise and contribute to the professional development of members of staff working in health and social care regarding perinatal mental health.

To participate in the mentorship, education and supervision of students from a range of disciplines.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • RMN professional qualification and registration with appropriate professional body. Social Worker professional qualification and registration with appropriate professional body. A talk therapy qualification or willingness to undertake training. Evidence of up to date training related to contemporary mental health nursing or occupational therapy practice. Evidence of up to date training related to contemporary health nursing.
Knowledge Essential
  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983 (revised 2007) An understanding of the Children's act 1989 Able to demonstrate knowledge of safeguarding children and how to manage this within a specialist mental health setting.
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of one year's post graduate experience in a community mental health setting. Able to demonstrate and evidence a broad range of therapeutic clinical skills for the post Experience of providing clinical supervision. Experience of community Care Co-ordination.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of diversity and gender issues and how these relate to service provision High level of written skills and ability to compile reports, assessments and maintain detailed and accurate service user records. Basic I.T. and Keyboard skills

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