Specialty Doctor in Perinatal Psychiatry
The Perinatal Mental Health Service for Hampshire exists to provide specialist advice and treatment to women with antenatal or postnatal mental health problems and to the health professionals involved in their care. We are a team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, community mental health nurses, nursery nurses and occupational therapist and an admin team. The team base is at Melbury Lodge in Winchester. This is also the site of the Mother and Baby Unit which is part of the wider service. The perinatal Service in Winchester has led in the development and recognition of Perinatal Psychiatry
This is a new 6 session post to offer more psychiatric input to patients within East Hampshire. The expectation is that one session would be on a Thursday morning as this is when the community team holds their multidisciplinary meeting at Melbury Lodge Winchester. Attendance on alternate weeks would be sufficient.
There is an educational programme on Wednesday afternoons at Tatchbury Mount, Calmore Southampton and attendance alternate Wednesdays would be encouraged to facilitate clinical and educational development.
Initially visits and clinics would be in the company of a senior psychiatrist but the expectation would be that as the doctor becomes familiar with perinatal psychiatry visits and clinics would be with another member of the community mental health team.
The doctor will liaise with maternity services, health visitors, GPs and children’s services and this will be an opportunity to gain skills in communicating and working across services.
The Staff Grade Doctor would be responsible for keeping up to date with their work on the RIO system and would receive training in this and mandatory training as offered by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
It is important that the doctor has an up to date driving licence as the post involves a significant amount of driving.
The team base is currently at Melbury Lodge in Winchester and there will be days when the doctor is expected to work at the team base if required because of clinical need either in the community or occasionally on the Mother and Baby Unit.
As this is a new post there will be the opportunity to discuss and develop the position with the clinical/educational supervisor.