Care co-ordinator - Community Perinatal Mental Health Team

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Perinatal Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Mother and Baby Mental Health Service (SMABS) is a community perinatal mental health service commissioned with the Bradford District Care Foundation Trust (BDCFT). We cover the catchment area of Bradford, Airedale and Craven there are approximately 8,000 live births per year. The main maternity hospital sites being Bradford (6,000 births) and Airedale (2,000 births).

We are currently looking to recruit experienced and highly motivated and enthusiastic mental health professionals/practitioners to join our team with a specialist interest in improving care for women and their families in the area. Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable; a keen interest in this specialist area is essential.

The Specialist Mother and Baby Mental Health Service (SMABS) provides mental health care and treatment for women and their families during pregnancy till first year post delivery. The SMABS is a multi-disciplinary team, which provides support for women who are experiencing moderate to severe mental ill health in pregnancy or present with a high risk of relapse during pregnancy and the perinatal period. The practitioners provide care co-ordination, assessments and there is also a duty service which provides advice, information and signposting regarding perinatal mental health. Duty also will complete a holistic triage for referrals coming into the service.

Main duties of the job

The team has close working relationships with a number of services, this includes working closely with maternity services (midwifes, health visitors) and via working in collaboration we deliver more personalised care plans for people during pregnancy, during birth and postnatally. We also work closely with Mother and Baby units and provide ongoing care for women who are at times receiving care out of local services and area boundaries.

As part of our care we offer assessment and treatment aimed at treating and enhancing the parent-infant relationship, where mental health needs may have impacted upon this. Promoting the relationship with the infant and its emotional and physical well-being and development are central to the care provided by perinatal mental health services.

Perinatal Mental Health is a rapidly expanding area with significant investment being made. This means that there will be high quality training and potential opportunities for career development for the successful candidate. We offer a comprehensive induction package and practioners within the service are able to access specialist training both internally and externally in order to develop a high level of perinatal expertise regarding perinatal mental health conditions, risks and relapse factors, and evidence-based interventions. In addition practitioners gain a growing knowledge base on infant mental health, development and attachment and bonding.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Additional cost of living payments for bands 1 - 7

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessment, formulation and evidence-based interventions to individuals experiencing Peri Natal mental health problems across Bradford & Airedale & Craven, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • To create robust risk management plans in line with Organisational policy and CPA.
  • To support the supervision of the MDT.
  • To support the consultation, advice and training relating to peri natal mental health
  • Provide clinical consultation and advice to professionals & stakeholders as clinically indicated.
  • To contribute to the Services on-going development

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for further details about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oProfessional Qualification (RMN, Social Work, Occupational Therapist) to degree level or equivalent.
  • oMaintains current registration with the NMC or HCPC
  • oMinimum requirement of two years post basic training.
  • oPrevious experience in a relevant Adult Mental Health Service community setting
  • Psychological Therapy Qualification in a relevant modality.
  • Mentorship or equivalent Practice Placement Educator
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant experience of working within a mental health setting
  • oCan demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing mental health problems
  • Experience of working with Peri Natal Mental Health Problems, substance misuse and/or emotional dysregulation.

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