Band 6 Specialist Practitioner (EI) - Kingswood Civic Centre

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Allied Health Professional
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Kingswood Civic Centre
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Salary period
07/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

The Early Intervention for Psychosis Service provides help & support to people aged 14-65 years of age for 3 years following a first episode psychosis or for a limited period where there may be a possible psychosis.

This is an exciting opportunity for a community mental health practitioner with an interest in EI to provide care coordination to our service users & deliver a range of NICE compliant psycho-social interventions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic practitioner who is aiming to specialise in the area of EIP. The team act as a resource to the adult mental health community, CAMHS & inpatient services, by raising awareness of the needs of this client group, providing information, treatment & consultation about psychosis.

The post holder will Care Coordinate individuals, from across South Gloucestershire, presenting with signs of a first episode of psychosis in line with local and national guidelines on Early Intervention in Psychosis. NICE guidelines mean that this is a continually developing service which now has clear guidelines around referral to treatment (within 2 weeks), access to psychological therapy, vocational support and physical health monitoring.

Main duties of the job

To assess  people with psychosis or possible psychosis

To plan and implement specialist programmes of care for people following the first appearance of psychosis or for a limited period where psychosis is suspected, including carrying a specialist caseload of clients and acting as care co-ordinator

To liaise and work in collaboration with other agencies in planning and assessing programmes of care

To provide specialist advice to service users, carers and professionals

To develop awareness sessions around psychosis and early intervention to be delivered within education and youth services

To undertake audit, research and development activities.

This is an exciting opportunity for practitioners with experience and enthusiasm in delivering psycho-social interventions to contribute to the treatment  plan of people suffering with first episode psychosis.

With the role out of the Community Mental Health Framework new standards are expected in the delivery of an Early Intervention Service. This is a fantastic opportunity to train and develop specialist skills.

Within the role you would be expected to understand and implement the model for First Episode Psychosis, be familiar with psycho-social interventions and working with individuals experiencing psychosis alongside their families.

You will be committed to a recovery based approach promoting social inclusion. 

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. 

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.  

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP as we firmly believe diversity makes us stronger. 

The service currently consists of a Team Manager, Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Senior Practitioner, Community Mental Health Practitioners, CBT Therapists,  Peer Support worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Administrator as well as a specialist Physical Health and Vocational Practitioner.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A) Clinical Duties:

1. To work within the South Gloucestershire Early Interventions for Psychosis Service but develop and maintain excellent working links with colleagues within the local Community Mental Health Teams.

2. To provide comprehensive and specialist assessment of people experiencing a first episode psychosis, covering the age group 14 - 65 years. This will include the use of formal psychiatric and psychological rating scales, as well as liaison with carers and staff from other agencies that may be involved with the young person.

3. To plan, prioritise and deliver specialist programmes of care to people for up to a three year period following a first episode of psychosis, or for a limited time where there is a possibly emerging psychosis. This will include case formulation, design of intervention, delivery and evaluation. As care co-ordinator, you will be involved in co-ordinating multi agency input around the person’s needs and will be responsible for your caseload within the community.

4. To work with and on behalf of people in a way that promotes and develops their efforts, resources and quality of life. To deliver services in a manner that is appropriate, relevant and respectful to all community members, recognising diversity of ethnicity, culture, belief, privilege and capacity.

5. To liaise and where appropriate work in partnership with staff from other statutory services, voluntary agencies and community groups that work with adolescents, including education, in planning, providing and assessing programmes of care.

6. To provide advice to other members of the Early Interventions for Psychosis Service team and to staff from children’s agencies on the particular needs of people with psychosis and their families / carers.

7. To provide advice and to assist other members of the South Gloucestershire Early Interventions for Psychosis Service with interventions which draw on own specialist professional knowledge (for example, an occupational therapist specialist would be expected to advice on and carry out specialist occupational and vocational assessments).

8. With other members of the South Gloucestershire Early Interventions for Psychosis Service, to develop and facilitate clinical groups and workshops as appropriate.

9. To provide advice and support to carers/ relatives of our service users, and to provide structured family work to families where a person has a first episode or emerging psychosis.

10. To participate in clinical meetings e.g. CPA and client reviews as appropriate.

11. To support the full implementation of the Care Programme Approach.

12. To assist in the transfer of appropriate cases between the CAMHS and Adult Services, in keeping with need and service user wishes.

13. To ensure that legal and Trust requirements affecting service user and staff are adhered to, and ensure a safe working environment for service users and staff. To cooperate with statutory agencies with the responsibility to protect children and ensure that issues of risk and safety of young people are assessed and any necessary action is implemented.

14. To maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times when working with highly distressed people

15. In line with Trust policy, to receive regular clinical supervision and to participate in clinical and management supervision arrangements provided by the Early Interventions for Psychosis Service.

16. To maintain accurate records relating to clinical and professional activity and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.

17. To communicate complex and sensitive information to patients, carers and professionals, including information about diagnosis and prognosis, to find ways of enabling people and their families to take this information on board, and to provide empathy and reassurance. To communicate hopefulness.

18. To consult with senior staff and managers about service needs and development, in conjunction with the Head of Specialty.

B) Policy and Service Development:

1. To contribute to the development of protocols / procedures applicable to the Early Interventions for Psychosis Service

2. To propose and implement policies, procedures and protocols in own specialist area

3. To provide specialist advice to the Early Interventions for Psychosis Service Manager on service development issues which are relevant to this client group.

C) Teaching and Training:

1. To participate in the development and delivery of teaching and training where appropriate. In particular, in conjunction with other members of the Early Interventions for Psychosis Service and with appropriate staff from Education, CAMHS and County Council, to plan, develop and deliver training around psychosis and the importance of early intervention to young people and staff within schools, colleges, youth organisations and other community groups.

2. To agree a plan for personal development with the Early Interventions for Psychosis Service Manager and Professional lead and to participate in an annual review.

3. To undertake such further training / CPD as might be required to maintain one’s own appropriate level of expertise.

4. To provide clinical supervision for students, support workers and junior staff.

D) Research and Audit:

1. To participate in peer review, audit and personal review activities as required.

2. To undertake research and developmental activities on a regular basis

3. To return accurate activity levels as required.

4. To encourage a culture of evidence based practice in all parts of the service. This will include systematically monitoring clinical outcomes.

E) Professional:

1. To fully observe Professional Codes of Conduct and Professional Practice Guidelines.

2. To participate regularly in Early Interventions for Psychosis Service meetings and in any relevant Professional meetings.

3. To contribute to the effective functioning of the team and service through attendance at relevant meetings e.g. Early Intervention project group meetings, CAMH Service meetings etc as appropriate.

4. To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directives of the Early Interventions for Psychosis Service as well as the Trust.

5. To maintain and further develop high standards of professional practice through co-operative work with other mental health professionals and involvement in professional audit.

Person specification

Essential and Desired

Essential criteria
  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, eg RMN, OT, Social Worker
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC/HCPC/SW England and commitment to CPD.
  • Demonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles and the role of an Early Intervention Practitioner
  • Able to manage a complex caseload, undertake frontline assessment (with support), assess and manage risks
  • Ability to move across geographical area in own transport
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a community mental health team
  • Experience delivering Specialist Interventions
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Family Intervention Training, Psychological Interventions for Psychosis, Non-Medical Prescribing

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Mike Gladwin
Job title
Team Manager
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Telephone number
0117 378 7970
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