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Specialist Midwife

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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CBT therapist, Perinatal mental health nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
There has never been a more exciting time to join the Perinatal Trauma & Loss Care (P-TLC) Service with our recent launch & expansion. The P-TLC Service provides countywide individual, group, and systemic support to people who have experienced perinatal trauma and loss.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced midwife with a specialist interest in supporting women and birthing people who have experienced perinatal trauma or loss & those who are pregnant after loss.

The post holder will work alongside a small team of Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and Peer Support Workers. Excellent leadership and communication skills are essential as the post holder will work across boundaries, contributing to the clinical pathways, bringing P-TLC and Maternity Services together.

The P-TLC Service prides itself on being a collaborative, innovative and supportive team to work in. We are a team motivated to provide the best service & prioritise staff well-being. We strongly promote CPD & encourage specialist training.

We are a flexible employer; working hours/ days, base (Lincoln, Boston, Grantham) are negotiable. We would strongly recommend interested applicants to contact the Team Co-ordinator, Lindsey Coulson: for an informal discussion.

Main duties of the job

To contribute to the development and implementation of the new P-TLC Service. The P-TLC (formally MMHS) is a joint maternity and perinatal mental health transformation objective as part of the NHS long term plan.

To provide professional leadership and work closely with existing specialist midwives (PMH, bereavement, consultants) and the wider-r maternity system to ensure women and birthing people have access to high quality care whilst being sensitive to previous trauma and loss.

To contribute to providing staff support and consultation to individual midwives, teams, and other agencies

To increase awareness about the impact of trauma and loss on women and birthing people's mental health and maternity experience.

Promote delivery of trauma informed care.

To be responsible for representing the P-TLC Service within the maternity services ensuring that service developments and delivery are aligned and integrated with wider maternity transformations.

Direct therapeutic intervention including group work.

Contribute to internal training of staff.

The P-TLC is in its infancy and developing quickly. The post holders will have the opportunity to be part of the service development, pathway creation, service evaluation & audit.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

To act as an advocate for women & birthing people to ensure they get the specialist care that they need

To have a high level of relevant expert knowledge and skills, particularly in relation to mental health, loss, and trauma. This is a key role in developing and maintaining high standards of care for this group of women, birthing people and their families.

To be a key member of the Perinatal Trauma and Loss Care Service team, contributing to mental health triaging, screening, assessment, signposting, support, and psychological interventions where appropriate.

Recognise, communicate, and reward the achievements of staff in a learning capacity and provide constructive feedback, advice, and on-going practice.

Use of expert interpersonal and communication skills when dealing with issues such as trauma, bereavement, child protection, sexual health matters, domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse and other mental health issues

To support, assist and advise women & birthing people in the identified group and their families / carers to access the most appropriate support in a timely fashion. This may include developing individual care plans alongside Maternity Services; and making referrals to additional specialist services if required.

To liaise with other services and partner agencies to ensure that women & birthing people who have experienced perinatal loss are receiving the most appropriate care.

To act as a liaison between maternity and mental health services to raise awareness, improve service delivery and ultimately improve patient and staff satisfaction/wellbeing.

To carry continuing responsibility for providing the highest standards of midwifery care to this group of mothers & birthing people by supporting a caseload of high-risk individuals as an autonomous practitioner.

To be a vital link between Mental Health Services & Maternity Services, ensuring that women with mental health difficulties who have experienced perinatal loss or trauma receive the appropriate support.

Work closely with maternity colleagues and other services including the Perinatal Community Mental Health Team, Primary Care services and Adult Mental Health, as well as other external and specialist third sector agencies where appropriate.

Report all incidents, complaints or accidents to the Team Manager and assist in their investigation and resolution.

Promote the profession of Midwifery and ensure midwifery care is evidence-based and in line with best practice.

Take an active role in the implementation of the emerging Nursing and Midwifery agenda.

Embrace the public health agenda and support the delivery of local plans e.g., breastfeeding, smoking cessation, teenage pregnancy and midwifery led care

Accountable for own professional actions undertaking all duties having regard to the NMC Code of Professional conduct for the nurse, midwife and health visitor and their professional contribution to Clinical Governance.

Person Specification Qualifications and Experience Essential
  • Current NMC Registration
  • Degree level studies or equivalent
  • Post graduate diploma or equivalent level of experience in relevant area
  • Successful completion of a mentorship course
  • Evidence of professional expertise acquired through CPD
  • Demonstrates specialist expertise underpinned by Theory
  • Delivers midwifery care in line with Trust Clinical Governance objectives
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal, nonverbal and written) when receiving and dealing with all information including highly complex, sensitive information.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Able to diffuse conflict and manage aggression
  • Able to use several virtual platforms, I.T systems
  • Ability to prioritise own workload
  • Evidence of team working and leadership qualities
  • Ability to work across organisational and professional boundaries
  • Leadership qualification
  • Masters level studies
  • Post basic qualification within mental health or willing to undertake within 1 year
  • Post basic qualifications in birth trauma & loss or willing to undertake within 1 year
  • Evidence of leadership, management, and team development at a clinical level
  • Evidence of involvement and leadership in teaching and mentoring
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of protocols and clinical audit
  • Evidence of risk management experience
  • Experience of service delivery and development
  • Demonstrates ability to take responsibility of a team of staff

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