Fixed term 24 months-We are looking for a suitably qualified and highly motivated person to become a Perinatal and Infant Mental Health practitioner, who will offer targeted support to families both antenatally and up to two years post birth. The postholder will work directly with families in group settings and support the Health Visiting and Early Help Service with the early identification of perinatal mental health and parent-infant relationship problems, to ensure the right care pathway is offered. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an expanding team within the Family Hubs programme.
The Early Help Service in East Sussex believe the best way to support children and families is via an integrated approach; The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health team is collocated with a range of staff, including, Health Visitors, Community Nursery Nurses, Staff Nurses, Early Communication Support Workers, Early Years Practitioners, Volunteer Coordinators, Keyworkers and Youth Workers.
The postholder will be employed by East Sussex Healthcare Trust but be part of the Integrated Early Help Service (East Sussex Healthcare Trust and East Sussex County Council). As a service, we believe that staff are our greatest asset and we offer high quality supervision and wellbeing support, to enable staff to offer the best service to families.
Help shape the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) team as it expands in line with the Family Hubs and Start for Life agenda.
Coordinate and facilitate PIMH interventions as agreed within the team and support the expansion and quality assurance of these.
Provide PIMH triage support and advice to the Heath Visiting service as part of a duty system.
Liaise and build connections with other primary and secondary mental health services to advance the improvement of PIMH services within East Sussex.
Provide training to staff as needed in line with the development of the service.
You will contribute to the Public Health Agenda, meet Public Health targets, reduce health inequalities and act as a professional role model at all times.
You will be an excellent communicator with the skill to address sensitive issues with families in a clear and supportive way. We expect you to share our values of Respect, Partnership and Strength, demonstrating kindness and compassion at all times. We can offer you supportive and accessible line-management with 4-6 weekly high quality clinical and safeguarding supervision from your line manager who has undergone supervision training, a workplace with a strong focus on staff wellbeing and laptops and smart phones enabled for agile working on a tailored case notes system.
We are proud to provide ‘Outstanding’ care and be a great place to work
We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people’s own homes.
In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as ‘Good’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated ‘Outstanding’. Eastbourne DGH rated ‘Good’.
In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious ‘Building for our Future’ programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.
Please refer to the job description attached.
If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.
For more information about the 0-19 Early Help service see the following links.
Parent & Infant Mental Health | East Sussex County Council
Health visiting in East Sussex
This advert closes on Friday 7 Apr 2023
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