Perinatal Social Worker

West London NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive
Closing date
26 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Perinatal Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to employ a motivated and creative and experienced Mental Health Social Workers, who may be looking for a chance to demonstrate their extensive skills and develop specialist skills and knowledge with perinatal psychiatry. The role of:

This is an innovative award winning service delivering new models of care within WLMHT.

The positions are 1 full-time Social Worker working in the Ealing Perinatal Service.

The fulltime post will be based primarily at St. Bernard's Hospital where our Ealing Perinatal team are based but will work on the Tri-Borough duty rota providing rota cover to Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital and Queen Mary's Maternity unit.

This would be an ideal opportunity for an excellent well experience Band 6/Grade 10 and above Social worker with excellent assessment skills to work in an area and a developmental role in a specialist field.

We would support the successful candidate to develop a bespoke training programme to facilitate their development within the post.

Main duties of the job

Main task and duties includes:
  • Ensure that women (regardless of age) who are pregnant and booked for delivery and/or have infants up to a year old receive appropriate screening, assessment and identification of their mental health needs and are these are managed using evidence based interventions throughout this period
  • Actively liaise with primary care, maternity and health visiting staff as well as other mental health services regarding referrals, care co-ordination, transfer of care including facilitating professionals' meetings
  • Efficiently manage caseload of up to 25 (Fulltime)/15 (part time) women (antenatal and postnatal) with complex mental health needs, by providing assessments and reviews in community sites (children centres), joint reviews with maternity, health visitor or other mental health professionals, home visits and care planning meetings

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We're rated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information on the job please see attached Candidate Pack.

For an informal discussion and further information please contact Michelle Neils-James (Team Manager) on 07719988685 or, Karen Lad (Deputy Team Manager) on 07523937340 or Althea Rowe (Specialist Perinatal Social Worker) on 07710759839

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Social worker qualification.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development including recently in perinatal mental health practice
  • Evidence of continuing professional development including recently in safeguarding children practice
  • Practice Educator qualification
  • Educated to degree level or Equivalent
  • Qualification training in specialist skills e.g. therapeutic psychological interventions
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Specialist Training in perinatal & infant mental health
Experience Essential
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree /diploma
  • Post qualification experience working with women with serious mental illness
  • Experience of managing a caseload of service users with evidence of completing high quality assessments
  • Experience of assessing and managing women with mental illness during the perinatal period
  • Experience of working in a complex multi-disciplinary / multi-agency context
  • Experience of formal child protection processes and inter-agency work with families
  • Experience of undertaking complex mental health and mental state, risk and needs assessments
  • Experience of working in a multiracial/ cultural community and of working with interpreters
  • Experience of planning and delivery of training in response to identified needs
  • Experience of multi-agency pre-birth planning for women with serious mental illness
  • Evidence of networking within the Perinatal Psychiatry Specialty
  • Experience of working in obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Experience of contributing to policies and procedures
  • Experience of supervising mental health / non mental health professionals

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