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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Perinatal Lead Social Worker

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£48,526 - £54,619

Posted Date

28 September 2022


Closing Date

4 October 2022

The Specialist Perinatal Service is a passionate, dynamic and committed Service who is looking to recruit a Lead Perinatal Social Worker. Although it would be an advantage, you do not need previous experience of working in perinatal mental health, as training and development is something we pride ourselves on with plenty of opportunities for team members to build on their skills and knowledge. The successful candidate will have a full and comprehensive induction, with support and time to settle into your new role. Our team works with small caseloads of women who are pregnant and those in the post-natal period that have a mental health difficulty, we support them and their families at this important time their lives.

This is a rewarding and varied role working with our colleagues across the Perinatal Pathway.

You can find out about our services by visiting Mother and Baby Services | Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT (

Whether you are thinking of a change of career now or are just interested in careers in perinatal mental health, we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within the Specialist Perinatal Service to lead on and develop all aspects adult and child social care as they relate to the Specialist Perinatal and Maternal Mental health Services.

Provide senior advice to all members of the services, to ensure statutory and best practice standards are adhered to.

The post holder will develop pathways between locality Child and Adult social care services and SPS and MMHS that align to expected practice standards set out within legislation and relevant trust policies.

The post holder will work in collaboration with GMMH Trust-wide social care and safeguarding colleagues, to ensure there is robust and effective collaboration with corporate services and communication into SPS and MMHS around key policy or practice changes.

Working for our organisation

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 6,400 members of staff, who deliver services from more than160 locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford, Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See attached detailed job description and person specification.

Staff benefits
- Pay Enhancements – 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
- 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
- Excellent pension
- Cycle to work scheme
- Salary sacrifice car scheme
- Wellbeing programme
- Blue Light Card Discounts

Person specification
Education and qaulifications
Essential criteria

- Recognised social work qualification and a registered social worker with Social Work England

Desirable criteria

- Teaching and/or supervision qualification (e.g. Cert. Ed.)
- Management/ leadership qualification

Essential criteria

- Experience of supervising social work staff
- Experience of working with both Adults and Children

Desirable criteria

- Experience of working with Women and people in the Perinatal period

Essential criteria

- Thorough knowledge of current adult and child social work theory and practice.
- Specialist knowledge and application of best practice in social work and knowledge of professional practice and training requirements for social work
- In depth knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Childrens Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act and other related legislation

Important Information about working for GMMH:

All positions within the Trust are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, for further information on the checks required please visit the NHS Employers website

Applicants are encouraged to apply for posts at Greater Manchester Mental Health who have direct experience of mental health, learning disability or drug and alcohol services either as a service user or a carer.

**If you do not hold a current competency based qualification and or the Care Certificate, you will be expected to complete an appropriate Apprenticeship in Healthcare with GMMH.**

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are aspiring to ensure our workforce is representative of the diverse communities that we serve, and we are strongly committed to removing barriers to employment for candidates from under-represented groups, for example BAME, Disabled and LGBT+ communities. If you would like to have an informal chat about the recruitment process for this role or would value some additional support, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Denise Gleave, Recruitment & Retention Advisor 0161 358 1448 or email

**Please note, this vacancy may be closed at any time if sufficient applications have been received**

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