Maternal Mental Health Practitioner

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The Maternal Mental Health Practitioner will work as a member of the Maternal Mental Health Service. The practitioner will contribute to assessments of and interventions offered to women and birthing people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties as a result of perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, termination of pregnancy), in order to promote psychological well-being and manage and reduce risk. They will undertake clinical work in a range of settings, with a strong emphasis on trauma informed care and safeguarding.

Acting as a key member of the wider Maternal Mental Health Service team, the post holder will provide evidence based psychologically informed assessments and interventions, with supervision from a Clinical Psychologist, using a collaborative, trauma informed approach. The post holder will be skilled at proactive and positive risk assessment and management where appropriate for a psychological service. In addition, the practitioner will be expected to offer both assessment, advice and signposting to partners and to work in an integrated manner with key partner organisations and professionals. The post holder will be required to provide consultative advice to other agencies and to participate in delivering training and development for other professionals.

Main duties of the job

The post holder:
  • Will act as an independent practitioner within a community setting, while liaising with other professionals as necessary
  • Will contribute to assessments and psychological interventions as appropriate under supervision from a Clinical Psychologist
  • Will ensure that each assessment is conducted collaboratively in consultation with the service user, wider team, and other professionals involved
  • Will provide support, advice and supervision to others as appropriate
  • Will have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation, which govern current service provision, audit and service evaluation
  • Will be responsible for maintaining effective communication with service users and colleagues
  • Will be responsible for ensuring the promotion of equality, diversity and rights in accordance with good practice and legislation
  • Will be responsible for identifying and contributing to the training needs necessary in providing quality evidence based care as appropriate
  • Will work in close collaboration with maternity and relevant stakeholders

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country. Across the whole of the region we provide:
  • Adult and older adult mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

As a public body, we are accountable to the people we serve. The Trust Board is responsible for determining the strategy and overall direction of the Trust in an open, honest, and transparent manner.

We're using our position as an NHS Foundation Trust to strengthen our ties with the local community. We have a large and growing membership, and we're always encouraging people to join our Trust as members. Members are kept informed of what is happening in the Trust, and their advice is sought on ways we can improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of our services.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for clinical triage of service users who are referred to and access the service, and to decide on the most appropriate care required
  • To be responsible for the assessment, planning implementation and evaluation of the evidence based care required
  • To be responsible for establishing therapeutic relationships with service users, and the implementation of evidence-based therapeutic interventions including psychological skills interventions, groups, psychoeducation and other interventions as appropriate with appropriate boundaries in accordance with post-holders professional code of conduct
  • To be responsible for the appropriate clinical risk assessment of service users, providing effective advice, guidance and decision-making process culminating in the coordination of intervention plans, referral onwards and signposting
  • To be responsible for case reviews and discharge planning in collaboration with members of the team and wider/partner organisations
  • To be responsible for participating in the development of the service, setting of quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring and reviewing in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy
  • To be responsible for ensuring the post holder understands and meets their professional responsibilities under the safeguarding and child protection legislation
  • To be responsible for the promotion of the involvement of experts by experience within the service and for its provision
  • To ensure that the principles for continuity of care are maintained and that appropriate plans are made for a service users transfer/discharge from the clinical team in line with Trust Policy requirements

Person Specification
  • Registered Mental Health Practitioner with registration

  • Passion for working psychologically with loss and trauma

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