Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per Annum Inc
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Perinatal Care
Band 7
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic, energetic and clinically confident Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse to join our Community Perinatal Teams. You will have experience of general adult inpatient, Mother and Baby inpatient unit, community mental health services or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). You will also have experience of working with women who suffer from moderate to severe mental illness in the perinatal period.

You will be familiar with Perinatal community standards, governance and performance structures and confident in partnership work with other agencies such as Children and Family Social Services, Midwifery and Obstetric teams, CMHTs, Health Visitors and the Voluntary sector.

You will display excellent clinical knowledge and skilled practice in women with mental health disorders in the perinatal period. You will provide consistently skilled judgments in clinical work. You need to have experience of working in a richly diverse inner city Borough and have the understanding of theopportunities challengesthat this brings.

Working closely with your colleagues in PMHT's, you will receive support and be part of the on-going Perinatal workforce training within SLaM and London wide. In addition, you will be part of the Pan London Community Perinatal Nurses network. This is a great opportunity to supervise juniorstaff, student nurses as well asimplementing new ways of working using best practice and NICE guidelines.

Main duties of the job

  • Service and Team responsibilities
  • Clinical - Individual
  • To participate and lead in joint complex assessments with other disciplines and other agencies
  • Identify development and training needs with Line Manager and Clinical Service Lead in accordance with Trust/Directorate guidelines
  • To contribute to the effective functioning of the team and service

  • About us

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

    There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

    By coming to work at SLaM, you will gain experience of being part of an organisation with a rich history and international reputation in mental health care. You will have access to professional development and learning opportunities, and have the chance to work alongside people who are world leaders in their field. SLaM delivered more than 14,000 training experiences in 2014; providing an extensive range of learning opportunities for staff at all levels. In addition, our working relationship with King's Health Partners allows those working at the Trust to get involved in academic research.

    Job description Job responsibilities

  • Participate as a multi-disciplinary team member in the setting and reviewing of therapeutic aims, objectives, standards and strategies to provide a high standard of care to clients and their families. To ensure that all recording and reporting of client contact is timely, accurate, up to date and of good quality and within Perinatal services & professional standards of record keeping. To work with the team and clients to maintain a safe therapeutic environment. To assure the quality of care through achieving high operational standards in clinical systems. To maintain and ensure good professional standards and attitudes towards the care and treatment of mothers, infants and their families. To link with other statutory and voluntary agencies and professionals as well as other Generic Psychiatric Teams in terms of referrals and joint work. Maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication within the boundaries of confidentiality, with other professional agencies and departments, providing specialist advice and support where appropriate.
  • To assess safeguarding issues for own cases, discuss with senior colleagues where necessary and refer appropriately to Child & Families Social Services. To deliver interventions for mother and infants and their families at home or in other satellite or statutory agency areas as required. To use evidence-based interventions that will be required with this group of clients. The treatment interventions provided will normally be based on NICE guidelines and evidence based practice. To use individual and multidisciplinary team advice to planning packages of care to mother and their infants.
  • You will manage your own caseload and work within a team but will have freedom to act within the service framework and Trust operational policies.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • First level nursing qualification/registration RMN with current NMC. Degree or/and Master level in mental health studies
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development ENB 998 or equivalent
    • Evidence of continuing professional development e.g. relevant training
    Experience Essential
    • Relevant experience in psychiatric assessment, intervention and treatment service, liaison service or home treatment team
    • Experience of working with people with complex needs and mental health problems in pregnancy and the post natal period
    • Demonstrable experience of working with women with depression, anxiety, psychosis and personality difficulties using evidence based interventions and NICE guidelines.
    • Experience of using clinical and managerial supervision to effectively provide safe, evidence based psychological interventions
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • Demonstrates an understanding of how mood, anxiety, psychosis and personality difficulties manifest itself and the impact on mental well being.
    • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner with an appropriate level of clinical and managerial supervision
    • Partnership worker - supports and challenges people to work together to develop pathways that enhance service quality, care continuity and economy which may go across traditional boundaries
    • A demonstrable knowledge of evidence - based nursing practice in specialist area
    • Knowledge of QI and evidence based models of care for acute and community services

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