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Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Chesterton, Cambridge
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
We are looking to recruit 1 full time enthusiastic and motivated Community Mental Health Practitioner (CPN/OT/Social Worker) for our Cambridge (south) base.

Perinatal Mental Health experience is not essential as training opportunities are available. This is a fixed term contract for 12 months to provide cover for maternity leave.

We are a multidisciplinary team, and we work to ensure that women with severe or complex mental health conditions who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or have a child under one, receive high quality, evidence-based specialist advice, assessment and interventions.

We provide specialist advice, consultation, liaison, and education to professionals who work with women contemplating pregnancy and during the perinatal period.

This is an exciting development opportunity for a Community Mental Health Practitioner interested in perinatal mental health, wishing to develop specialist knowledge and practice in this rewarding field.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot usepublic transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of our Perinatal Mental Health Service to ensure that women with severe or complex mental health conditions who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or have a child under one, receive high quality, evidence-based specialist advice, assessment and interventions.

To ensure the provision of specialist advice, consultation, liaison and education to professionals who work with women contemplating pregnancy and during the perinatal period.

We significantly invest in our staff to foster expertise in our team providing specialist perinatal training. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and interest in mental health in the perinatal period together with knowledge of child and adult safeguarding practice. Good communication, collaborative partnership working, time management and planning skills are essential. Some previous experience of working with this group would be an advantage but not essential.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT please visit our website:

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To be part of the development of the Countywide Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service
  • To work directly with women, their infants and families who are at risk of or experiencing severe and complex perinatal mental health conditions. To contribute to the development and delivery of Perinatal Mental Health Training and Education to other staffing groups.
  • To participate in safeguarding adult enquiries and complete safeguarding lead training. Mentor and co-mentor student nurses.
  • To provide medication advice and information within their competency. Provide supervision to junior staff.
  • To work jointly with staff from other services.
  • To provide specialist advice and consultation to other staff regarding the management of women experiencing severe and complex mental health conditions during the perinatal phase including guidance on management and signposting where conditions do not require input from a specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service.
  • Attend professionals meetings and other meetings to offer advice where appropriate.
  • Develop close working relationships and liaison work with our teams key stakeholders including maternity services and health visiting. Linking with the Named Professionals for Safeguarding Children, Psychiatric Liaison Team and other relevant staff.
  • To work as part of a team and autonomously as required.
  • To provide care coordination to women experiencing severe or complex mental health conditions.
  • To provide specialist perinatal initial assessments.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Health/Social Care qualification.
  • HCPC or NMC Professional Registration.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Post qualification specialist mental health training.
  • Post registration training relevant to the service area.
Experience Essential
  • Experience in leadership role.
  • Experience of inter-agency working.
  • Experience of developing user and carer involvement.
  • Evidence of effective liaison skills.
  • Experience of group work.
  • Lived experience of mental health challenges.
  • Experience of working as a care co-ordinator in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of developing and providing teaching programmes.
  • Experience of managing and training staff.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to assess people with complex mental health problems and collaboratively develop and review care plans (including risk management plans) and able to record information clearly and accurately.
  • Clear communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Good team worker with effective interpersonal skills, innovative, flexible and adaptable.
  • Able to manage conflict and change.
  • Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance Problem solving and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to develop and lead new initiatives within the clinical care environment.
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Good understanding of the impact that perinatal mental health can have on daily life.
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983 / 2007).
  • Working knowledge of Care Programme Approach and a sound understanding. of the role of care planning.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of safeguarding vulnerable children and adults.
  • Mental Health Act Training.

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