Mother & Baby Unit – Future Recruitment
As the build of the permanent 8-bed Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) rapidly progresses, attention is now turning to the recruitment of additional staff. The core posts being recruited to are:
Mental Health Nursing Staff (B5)
Nursery Nurses (B4)
Healthcare Assistants (B3)
Admin Support (B3)
Facilities Assistants (B2)
Peer Support Worker (B3)
So, we asked members of the current nursing team as to what it’s like working in the MBU, and here’s what they had to say.
Since coming to work on the MBU, I was made quickly aware of, not only the needs of the women using our service, but also the therapeutic needs of Dads and how they also need to be supported through the mental health journey of their partners. Men have distinct needs and show these very differently than the women we care for. That’s why working in an MBU is a role for both men and women as both offer something special to the people we care for.
That’s why I would like to encourage more men to come and work with us, and to make this a positive career choice. As men, we have an important role to play with the women in our service and offer something unique for them and their families. What more can I say except it’s a great place to work. Lovely colleagues and a job satisfaction in a very special and compassionate service.”
The role includes supporting mum and baby interactions. By giving guidance and modelling interactions with babies to support their development and also building a positive relationship between mother and child. This can be challenging at times and distressing to see both mum and baby struggling to make a connection but when you see the glimmers of recovery this can be so gratifying and fulfilling for all involved.
As a Nursery Nurse we are able to provide information around the day to day care of the babies and promote the development of the child, which we track using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Working on MBU as a Nursery Nurse is a very rewarding role. When a mum says that she has felt love for the first time for her 5 month old baby we know as a team we are doing a good job. When a mum of a 10 month old tells you she is enjoying motherhood for the first time that is so worthwhile. When a mum, who is so anxious it is impacting of her ability to parent, becomes more confident in her own ability enough to return to her family home that makes this job wonderful.”
Please look out for soon to be advertised vacancies within NHS Jobs and Trust Internal vacancies. If you’re interested in applying and would like to find out more about the role, the MBU or to arrange a visit, please contact Hannah Fieldhouse, Ward Manager by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Build on the permanent unit continues to progress extremely well, and with the roof and soon to be built walls, it is hoped that the building will be watertight ahead of the winter months. The latest edition of the Interserve Newsletter can be read here.