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Job summary

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Perinatal Mental Health
Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Shift work)
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Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Employer type
Rosewood MBU
£22,816 - £24,336 per annum
Salary period
03/10/2023 23:59

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Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust logo

Senior Healthcare Worker

Band 3

The CQC rates us as an Outstanding organisation for Caring with an overall rating of Good

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) offer a range of ongoing benefits to our valued workforce across the Trust. From an active health and wellbeing programme to regular recognition events, we work hard to provide varied benefits that make a difference to your work-life balance.

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we can ALL be ourselves.

We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our Trust values:

  • Respect - We value people as individuals, we treat others as we would like to be treated.
  • Openness - Work in a collaborative, transparent way.
  • Accountability - We are professional and responsible for our actions.
  • Working together - We work together to make a difference for our service users.
  • Innovation - We find creative ways to run efficient, high quality services.
  • Excellence - We listen and learn to continually improve our knowledge and ways of working.

Would you like to work flexibly?  In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you.

Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.



Job overview

We are delighted to announce that a full time Senior Health Care worker opportunity has come available within the KMPT Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit (MBU). This MBU which is based in Dartford opened in August 2018 for the population of Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Working closely with NHS England, the aim is to improve the access and quality of perinatal mental health services across the counties.

We are therefore looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Senior Health Care worker to support mothers with acute perinatal mental health needs and their babies. This will include mothers in the antenatal and postnatal period within the MBU setting. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team, working alongside professionals offering a therapeutic input as well as wider community teams.

If you have a passion for working with people who are experiencing acute perinatal mental illness, within an inpatient setting and are interested in being part of an innovative model of care, which places therapy at its core we want to hear from you?

The MBU promotes person-centred care by focusing on recovery through the provision of multidisciplinary team, working within psychological approaches and through therapeutic activity.



Main duties of the job

Support the MDT by:

Offering appropriate support and advice to the mothers, and accurately record all care given as required onto RiO and validating own entries.

Provide physical health care & physical health checks as required or instructed, documenting the physical health checks on the modified early warning scoring system (MEWS) chart and reporting changes to the nurse in charge of the shift.

Supporting and carrying out patient therapeutic observation checks as required and instructed.

Maintaining a clean and healthy ward environment and assisting mothers in all aspects of daily living skills as required, including personal hygiene.

Escorting mothers to attend hospital appointments and Section 17 leave if requested.

Taking the lead in a specific area of work for the ward, e.g. Wellbeing, Health & Safety or Patient Activity.

Serve food and drink to mothers and their babies and to assist/encourage the mother to eat and/or drink when appropriate to do so.

Undertaking duties as are commensurate with the post and the level of responsibility as directed by more senior members of staff.

Undertaking all relevant training as directed and participate in regular management/clinical supervision and appraisal.

Working a full range of shifts covering a 24 hour period, including twilight and night shifts. You may also be required, at times, to work at other Trust sites.



Working for our organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Consistently delivering a patient focused service, which promotes optimum independence.
  • Providing and receiving routine information orally, in writing or electronically to inform work colleagues, patients, clients, carers, the public or other external contacts.
  • Offering appropriate support and advice to patients and their carers.
  • Awareness of different challenging situations where communication needs to be adapted to the needs of the individual.
  • Enabling patients to maintain and improve their independence by promoting and facilitating therapeutic activity.
  • Undertaking all relevant training as directed and participating in regular management/clinical supervision and appraisal.

Person specification

Training & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Computer literate
  • Health or Social Care Qualification (level 3 or equivalent)


Essential criteria
  • Minimum 2yrs experience working in Acute Mental Health inpatient setting
  • Experience using RiO
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in perinatal mental health


Essential criteria
  • Good understanding of mental health conditions
  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to act as a role model, support and delegate to others
Desirable criteria
  • Full driving licence

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareNo smoking policyHSJ Best places to workCare quality commission - GoodMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerStep into health

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Joy Hart
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01322 622101
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