Community Perinatal Social Worker

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per Annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic B7 Perinatal Social Worker to work in ourPerinatal Mental Healthteam in Milton Keynes. The team provide specialist care for women (and their babies) with moderate to severe mental illness, this includes offering pre-conceptual counselling alongside working with women during their pregnancy and up to 2 years postpartum where there is a perinatal need. This is an energetic, creative and welcoming team which aims to offer and inspire excellence in community perinatal mental health care.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, energetic and passionate about delivering high quality patient-centred care to patients. They should have experience of team working, possess sound organisation skills and be able to work on their own initiative. Previous mental health experience is essential alongside experience of formal child protection processes and interagency working. Effective communication and empathic skills are essential.

Following digital enhancement during the initial Covid-19 pandemic we are also now able to offer video assessment and consultation in addition to face to face appointments for assessment, treatment and group interventions.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant as part of a multi-disciplinary team will deliver care to women in a range of community settings including the woman's home; children's centre's; GP surgeries, maternity wards and by the use of virtual technology. The ability to work flexibly in multidisciplinary teams and in a range of settings is therefore essential. All roles within the team involve close liaison with the wider MDT such as Midwives; Health Visitors; Safeguarding and Children's Centre's.

As a Mental Health Social Worker you must have experience of working in mental health services at secondary care level holding a caseload of service users who present with complex presentations who may also be in crisis and who express suicidality or of working in a mental health inpatient setting. Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable with experience of formal child protection procedures and inter-agency work with families. The team also leads on a multi-agency training programme which is delivered in a training centre on a monthly basis.

The team is part of the wider Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) specialist perinatal mental health provision and there will be opportunities for networking with perinatal Social Workers across BLMK, the East of England Region and within CNWL.

Both regionally and locally we are committed to further training all disciplines within the team there will be provision for training in line with a regional training programme

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. Were always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description Job responsibilities

Recruitment to this permanent Perinatal Social worker position is part of the development of the perinatal community Mental Health Service. Although the role and responsibilities have been outlined within this job description, it is important that the post-holder is flexible, innovative and has positive attitude to change as the services continous to develop.

The team base is in the MK CNWL Trust Headquarters with Clinical space at nearby Eaglestone Health Centre.

The service is integrated with Maternity Services in Milton Keynes University Hospital and the postholder will work very closely with midwives and obstetricians.

For further information about this post please see attached job description

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Social work qualification and evidence of current registration on Social Work England register
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Dual qualified as AMHP or Best interest assessor or Practice educator
  • Specialist Training in perinatal & infant mental health
Experience Essential
  • Extensive post qualification experience
  • Extensive post qualification experience working with women with serious mental illness in a secondary mental health setting either community or impatient
  • Experience of working in a complex multi-disciplinary / multi-agency context
  • Experience of formal child protection processes and inter-agency work with families
  • Experience of multi-agency pre-birth planning (CPA) for women with serious mental illness
  • Experience of working in obstetrics and gynaecology

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