This an exciting time to join the team as we begin to launch the service. We aim to work closely with service user representatives and ‘experts by experience’ to continue to develop a service that closely maps onto local needs.
With compassion-focused, trauma informed practice at the heart of the service, we are excited to have the opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of families in Cornwall.
We are looking for a compassionate, experienced mental health practitioner who aspires to work with women/birthing people who are experiencing significant mental distress connected to reproductive trauma, loss or separation.
The post holder will have a core qualification (eg RMN, OT, SW, art therapy, counselling/psychotherapy) along with previous experience of working within mental health services and will show a willingness to undertake further specialist evidence-based training relating to perinatal/reproductive trauma and/or loss (e.g. EMDR, TF-CBT, CFT)
Our Maternal Mental Health Service (MMHS) aims to provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions for individuals experiencing high levels of distress and/or complex mental health difficulties that have arisen in the maternity, neonatal or reproductive context. Such difficulties may include Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following birth, pregnancy/baby loss or separation and severe perinatal anxiety/fear of childbirth (tokophobia). Special consideration will be given to those vulnerable to poor health outcomes and who are disadvantaged due to social inequalities. Psychological approaches will be offered at the individual and group level through to teams, systems and community groups. The service aims to further develop and refine pathways in the following areas of local need, where these needs are not met in pre-existing services:
Reproductive / perinatal loss (e.g. including loss of a baby through miscarriage, termination for fetal abnormality, still birth, and neo-natal death)
Reproductive / perinatal trauma
Severe Perinatal Anxiety / Fear / Tokophobia (fear of pregnancy/ childbirth)
Parent-infant separation at birth (due to safeguarding concerns)
We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.
We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.
Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.
We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.
Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.
To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.