Perinatal Practitioner (RMN/OT/Social Worker)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum | pro-rata
Closing date
14 Feb 2023

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Band 6
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? An exciting opportunity has arisen for permanent posts in our team.

Main duties of the job

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 & post-natally where there are mental health concerns and we are committed to improving the outcomes of mothers, babies and families.

About us

We are based at The Whiteleaf Centre in Aylesbury and have another Base at Saffron House in High Wycombe, providing assessments and treatment for the above-mentioned group of patients.

Perinatal mental health is currently high on the national agenda and our service is part of the South East Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Delivery Network, contributing to regional development.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
  • Professional Qualification
  • Professional Registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Post graduate education specifically relating to client group (Post basic qualification in community care/ research awareness/ management)
Further Training Essential
  • IT literate
  • To have excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • To show evidence of sound problem solving skills
  • To be able to work collaboratively as part of a team
Experience Essential
  • To have appropriate experience minimum of two years which should include community and working with mental health.
  • To have experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • To have a good knowledge and interest in community care and have specific clinical expertise in mental health
  • To understand and have experience of Risk Management
  • To have an understanding of Perinatal Mental Health services and interdisciplinary working
  • To have a good knowledge of community services
  • Community work with perinatal clients with mental health needs.
  • To have experience of supervising student placements.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • To be able to manage in a stressful working environment and with emotional or aggressive patients/or carers
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Able to use own initiative when appropriate
  • Keen to learn
  • Team player
  • Reliable
Contractual Requirements Essential
  • To comprehend and work within the Trust policies of data protection, equal opportunities, Health & Safety and to meet the diverse needs of patients
  • Able to travel to undertake work and have the capacity to carry equipment relative to your post
  • Able to comply with Manual Handling policies and guide lines
  • Car driver with car available for work

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