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Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse

Job Description

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Specifically, The Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency and mental health services for people with learning disabilities. We also provide secure mental health services and work with the criminal justice system.

Increasingly AWP provides treatment and care in people's own homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of our service users. Our community services are supported by high quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment, treatment and care.

AWP is an exciting and innovative NHS organisation with performance and service improvement high on our agenda. As a large Mental Health Trust we provide health services to residents of Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and North Somerset.

We are looking for highly skilled, future focused and compassionate Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Practitioners (nurse) to support the team in the delivery of clinical interventions and to provide specialist advice to a range of services supporting women across the Bristol area.

You will be a Registered Nurse with significant experience in supporting individuals with complex needs. This will be a highly specialised multidisciplinary team.

The aim of the service is to support the development and delivery of an effective perinatal mental health pathway from pre-conception through to the infant’s first birthday. The service will do this by providing specialist advice, support and oversight, working with health and social care professionals in primary care, maternity services, early years and adult mental health.

The Specialist Perinatal Community Service will coordinate care for women with serious mental illness (bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, other psychoses, previous postpartum psychosis and psychotic depression) who are at high risk of relapse postnatally but are currently well and therefore not open to mental health services and ineligible to receive a service from adult mental health teams in Bristol.

You should demonstrate knowledge of Perinatal Mental Health, the ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team while helping to develop the service.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Nathan Wallbank Tel:  ( Phone number removed )  or Email: ( Email address removed )

Closing Date

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date, however, this vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are deemed to have been received. Interview expenses will not normally be paid.


All applicants who have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted via NHS Jobs so please check your NHS Jobs account regularly. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks after the closing date please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


In order to ensure an efficient recruitment process we only accept applications submitted via this website. Unless specifically indicated 'Offline' paper application forms or CVs will not be accepted.

Please read the job description and person specification carefully and when you complete your application form make sure that it reflects the knowledge, skills and experience as described in the person specification.

Applications from internal candidates at risk will be given priority for this vacancy followed by those from at risk NHS staff from Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Weston, Bath and NE Somerset, Salisbury, Swindon and Wiltshire. *Internal applicants should ensure that their application form clearly reflects that their current employer is AWP*

Any personal details supplied to AWP by you will be held on the Trust systems in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

AWP is committed to Equality and Diversity - we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are a Two Ticks employer offering a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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