Specialist Health Visitor for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

This post holder will provide targeted interventions, holding a caseload of families alongside clinical and strategic support to streamline and reduce inequalities in accessing services and ensuring a high quality of care provision. Building on the knowledge and skills of our Child and Family workforce the successful post holder will provide relevant consultation, training and support to the Universal Children’s Service in relation to perinatal and infant mental health; emphasis on early intervention, prevention of mental health difficulties and the promotion of positive relationships between parents and their infants.

hours: 37.5

salary: £60,350 - £64,137 - Grade 6

criteria: Specialist Health Visitor for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health to lead and develop Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Services within the Universal Health to address the mental health needs of women, and their families, in the perinatal period

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Role details

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the island wide multi-agency Perinatal Mental Health Pathway.

Building on the knowledge and skills of our Child and Family workforce the successful post holder will provide relevant consultation, training and support to the Universal Children’s Service in relation to perinatal and infant mental health; emphasis on early intervention, prevention of mental health difficulties and the promotion of positive relationships between parents and their infants.

Working in collaboration with collaboration with other services the post holder will ensure the implementation of multi-disciplinary pathways, policies and procedures to address the mental health needs of women in the perinatal period and their families. Evaluation and audit of services are key to this role alongside the need to embed the learning and improve outcomes

Responsibilities will include-

  • Working as a specialist practitioner to manage, develop and lead family based support in the perinatal period where the parents have or are at risk of developing mental health difficulties and where these are likely to impact on their infants emotional development. This will supplement the support given by the universal health visiting service.
  • Acting as an advocate for parents and their infants with perinatal mental health difficulties to ensure they receive appropriate, timely and effective This will be done by liaison with adult mental health, perinatal services and other partner agencies.
  • Undertaking comprehensive assessments of families who are referred for additional support including assessing the needs of partners/fathers. Holding an identified caseload of targeted need

Essential Requirements –

You must have specialist knowledge and experience in maternal and infant mental health, developed through training and practice. You will be a RN/Midwife, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) and have a Mentorship Module or recognise d teaching qualification.

Car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport to enable you to undertake the job is essential. 

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