Core Trainee, Mother and Baby Unit & Perinatal Psychiatry Department

Main area
Mental Health
Fixed Term - 2 months
Full Time - 40 hours per week
Job ref
Mother & Baby Unit/Perinatal Department, City & Hackney Centre for Mental Health, Homerton Row
£36,461 pa
25/05/2018 23:59

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


The East London Mother and Baby Unit is a Specialist Service that aims to provide mental health care for mothers and their infants. The mothers are either experiencing mental health problems antenatally or up to one year postnatally and require direct support in ensuring care of the infant is upheld whilst supporting the mother through their own recovery. Applicants for this position will need to be a CT​1-3 or above and  with experience of having worked within adult acute mental health settings. Perinatal experience is not essential. The post holder will be responsible for carrying out assessment of mental state and treatment needs and contributing to the work of a multi-disciplinary team. Duties include completing history taking, mental state examination and physical state examination. The post holder is required to document assessment of risk and to work with others to ensure appropriate support is delivered. The post will involve very close working not only with mental health services but wider social care services and so requires an individual with good communication skills.  The unit prides itself on being able to offer a varied multidisciplinary approach to care and as such the post holder will be responsible for ensuring this is reflected in the work that is undertaken. The unit is committed to ongoing development in practice and standards of care and would welcome applicants who are forward thinking and willing to make a difference.

The successful applicant will be supported in post by the consultant  through supervision and through engagement in team based reflection. If you feel you are able to contribute to the work we do and the difference we make, we welcome you to apply. The unit is based within the City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health. Any successful applicant will also be expected to support the City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health in providing care and treatment and upholding the safety of both patients and staff within the unit.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Dr Sheraz Ahmad


Tel: 020 8510 8297/8151 

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