MBU case study
Mother and Baby Unit Information
Perinatal Outreach Team
Why work for us?
Our new eight-bed Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) is due to open in early 2019. This specialist inpatient unit for new mothers with serious mental health problems will ensure mums and their babies can stay together while the mother receives care for conditions such as severe postnatal depression, serious anxiety disorders and postpartum psychosis.
It will also accept women in late pregnancy that require acute psychiatric inpatient care. A range of therapeutic services will be available including medication, cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, along with help with bonding and attachment.
Trained peer support workers – people who have personal experience of perinatal mental ill health – will also offer support and practical help.
The MBU will complement NSFT’s new Perinatal Outreach Team. The service cares for pregnant women and new mothers with serious mental health difficulties, as well as providing support for the rest of the family.
News of the opening of the MBU has been welcomed by a mum who received crisis care with our Trust when she suffered postpartum psychosis following the birth of her son. Read about her experience here.
Where will the Mother and Baby Team be based?We are delighted to start recruiting into this fantastic new team, which will be based in a newly renovated unit on the Hellesdon Hospital site on the outskirts of Norwich. It is set in attractive grounds surrounded by woodland, easily accessible by car or public transport with research facilities, an on-site gym, and extensive library and training facilities.
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So who are we looking for to be part of creating this new and innovative service?We’re looking for people who enjoy working in fast paced and busy environments, forging excellent working relationships with other health professionals across both mental health, midwifery and health visitors and beyond.
You will need to be great at building relationships with women and their families and looking for the opportunity to be part of something new and special.
Our team will grow and develop their knowledge and skills by working closely with colleagues, sharing experience and knowledge to continually learn from each other. There will be extensive training for everyone throughout February and March 2018 (it is essential your available for all of these two months, except w/c 12/2) ready for go live in April 2018. This will include local courses, workshops and networking; with visits to our buddy MBU’s in North East London.
The roles will be community based across Norfolk and parts of Suffolk until the inpatient unit opens in January 2019. Each role is fantastically different and working pattern ideas are listed in the advert. A full driving licence is essential for most roles (you have the opportunity to use a pool car or be paid business mileage).
Like the sound of this, but nothing exactly right for you? In the next few months we will be recruiting many more clinical and support roles for the opening of the mother and baby unit inpatient ward and the expansion of our children’s inpatient unit in Lowestoft, so look out for those opportunities.
A bit more about usNorfolk and Waveney Children’s Family and Young Person (CFYP) service is unique and aspires to address the issues raised by the children and young people's mental health and wellbeing tasks force. Over the past 12 months CFYP has seen expansion and growth in existing and new services such as Early Intervention in Psychosis and Perinatal Community Mental Health service. Our CFYP services continue to thrive and innovate nationally. The service was recently awarded £3 million to develop the Mother and Baby unit and is one of three in the country commissioned by NHS England. And additional funding to develop this interim community team who will provide an outreach service until the unit is open in 2019.