Exter MBU Update

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.

  Nick Webber, Staff Nurse   “Working on the MBU is a real privilege. Like all other wards and departments, you need a sense of compassion and commitment for our service users, but where the MBU differs is where the lives of the mothers become entwined in the lives of their babies. It is a wonderful thing to see at first- hand how our support for mothers and mothers to be, has a real impact on their lives, their babies and the family as a whole.

Nick Webber, Staff Nurse

“Working on the MBU is a real privilege. Like all other wards and departments, you need a sense of compassion and commitment for our service users, but where the MBU differs is where the lives of the mothers become entwined in the lives of their babies. It is a wonderful thing to see at first- hand how our support for mothers and mothers to be, has a real impact on their lives, their babies and the family as a whole.

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.”

  Ellie Hitchcock, Support Worker   “I enjoy working on the mother and baby unit because the team are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for mums and their babies. This is accomplished by forming professional relationships with patients by talking and listening to the mums, completing various activities, counselling and psychotherapy.  Sometimes the job can be challenging but as a new team and service, we are supportive of each other and this helps us to bond, learn and grow together.”

Ellie Hitchcock, Support Worker

“I enjoy working on the mother and baby unit because the team are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for mums and their babies. This is accomplished by forming professional relationships with patients by talking and listening to the mums, completing various activities, counselling and psychotherapy.

Sometimes the job can be challenging but as a new team and service, we are supportive of each other and this helps us to bond, learn and grow together.”

  Mandy Hewitt, Nursery Nurse   “When working on the MBU two days or nights are never the same!  The Nursery Nurses work as part of a multi-skilled team. We support mothers to provide care for their babies from new-born to aged 12 months. The tasks we support with include practical support of daily care for babies including feeding, bathing and nappy changing. We also get to organise a variety of fun sensory and play experiences that are age appropriate for the babies. This may include baby massage, water play or messy play. We also provide care and play opportunities for visiting siblings. We have an outdoor space and can also support with escorted leave which perhaps may be accompanying a mum with her baby to the local GP surgery or supermarket.

Mandy Hewitt, Nursery Nurse

“When working on the MBU two days or nights are never the same!

The Nursery Nurses work as part of a multi-skilled team. We support mothers to provide care for their babies from new-born to aged 12 months. The tasks we support with include practical support of daily care for babies including feeding, bathing and nappy changing. We also get to organise a variety of fun sensory and play experiences that are age appropriate for the babies. This may include baby massage, water play or messy play. We also provide care and play opportunities for visiting siblings. We have an outdoor space and can also support with escorted leave which perhaps may be accompanying a mum with her baby to the local GP surgery or supermarket.

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 hannahfieldhouse@nhs.net  

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.