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Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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We currently have a vacancy available in Mid Essex.

It is an extraordinary time for specialist perinatal mental health services across the UK with growing national and local focus on service development and expanding access for new and expectant mums. The national ambition is to improve outcomes for an increasing number women over a 5-year period through investment in resources and broadening of interventions available. The perinatal period includes from conception up until one year following the birth of the baby and is a critical time for prevention and treatment for women at risk of serious mental ill health. Providing a unique opportunity for intervention and change, improving outcomes for mums, their families and ultimately society, in the longer term.

The Essex Perinatal Mental Health Service has successfully established a new specialist servicein the community over the last 3 years andwe are again expanding further to meet the needs of more women across Essex.This is an exciting opportunity for registered Mental Health Nurses or Occupational Therapist and social workers to join our dedicated and growing team across Essex. The trust offers professional support and development through regular professional supervision and appraisals, CPD opportunities with a focus on developing perinatal professional knowledge and skills through training programs.

Main duties of the job

  • To work jointly with care coordinators from CMHTs with a small complex and challenging caseload of pregnant women or those with an infant up to one year old.
  • Conduct both single handed and joint high quality mental health assessments as required to identify mental health needs for people referred to the Perinatal Mental Health Service.
  • Take responsibility for the management of a defined client caseload as identified in consultation with the Team Manager, Clinical Team Leader and team.
  • Utilise the Care Programme Approach (CPA) as defined within the Trust Policy and to act as Care Co-ordinator as required.
  • To ensure that all Trust Perinatal service users have a perinatal care plan, this is implemented. This may require attending and contributing to pre and post-birth meetings.
  • Ensure risks are effectively managed and interventions are effectively prioritised.
  • Maintain effective individualised care through the assessment of health and social care needs, planning, implementation and evaluation of care plans co-produced with service users.
  • Utilise the Information Management and Technology system of the Trust to maintain effective communication and clear, concise and contemporaneous documentation for individualised client care
  • Establish therapeutic relationships with individual clients and to work with fathers, partners and significant others to provide appropriate education training and support.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Essex Perinatal Mental Health Service operates from five hubs across Essex the hubs are situated around the 5 acute hospitals. The bases are in the areas of Rochford, Laindon, Harlow, Chelmsford and Colchester and provide specialist assessment, intervention for women at risk of moderate to serious mental illness or complex disorders within the county of Essex. The successful candidate will be based at a hub and work from North Essex service providing care as a perinatal Practitioner, holding a caseload for women and their families in the perinatal period of conception up until one year following the birth of the baby.

This is a wonderful development opportunity for experienced RMN, OT or social worker interested in perinatal mental health and wishing to develop specialist knowledge and practice in this rewarding field. We significantly invest in our perinatal practitioners to foster expertise in ourteam providing specialist training packages and development opportunities in line with emerging evidence and standards for parental mental illness. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and interestin mental health in the perinatal period together withknowledge of child and adult safeguarding practice. Good communication, collaborative partnership working,time management and planning skills are essential. Some previousexperience of working with this groupwould be an advantage.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • RMN qualification and evidence of current registration on Part 3 of NMC register
Education/Qualifications/ Knowledge Essential
  • Minimum requirement of two years post basic training.
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development.
  • Experience in perinatal mental health

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