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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We currently have a vacancy within the Essex Support and Treatment for Early Psychosis Service (ESTEP) East team, based in Rochford. We are looking for an experienced mental health nurse or Social Worker to become an Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Practitioner/ Care Co-ordinator.

As a service EIP work with reduced case load numbers in an assertive and intensive manner to establish rapport with individuals and their families The East ESTEP Team cover Southend, Castle Point and Rochford localities.

As part of this team, you will be expected to work closely with clients with a first episode psychosis aged between 14-65 years and their families.

It is important to us that the successful candidate is an experienced professional, possessing a commitment to working with the client, their carers and other members of their social network. They will be committed to developing and promoting evidence-based best practice and be confident working within a dynamic and forward thinking team.

We strongly encourage creative engagement with a focus on social recovery and we work very closely as a multi-disciplinary team, expecting all team members to support our commitment.

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake care co-ordination of a small caseload of clients.
  • Participate in collection of data including looking at entry and exit pathways to care, and duration of untreated psychosis to ensure that we provide a successful service in terms of high quality outcomes.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings to look at appropriate selection and allocation of clients to CPA and regular reviews.
  • Following analysis of client assessments, plan creatively to meet their needs including the provision of evidence based interventions.
  • Work flexibly across the East ESTEP Service and participate in 7-day rota.
  • To identify any possible safeguarding concerns and be responsible for the completion of safeguarding investigations.
  • Monitor physical health and support the promotion of carer and service user involvement within the service and ensuring carer's needs are identified and responded to.
  • Provide leadership for junior staff through supervision and appraisal and mentor and supervise students on practice placements.
  • Provide profession-specific interventions for the wider team as required and in line with NICE guidelines.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For additional details on this vacancy please refer to the job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Registered on the NMC or HCPC Register e.g. RMN or equivalent for social worker or OT
  • ENB998/Mentorship in Public Services or equivalent


  • Certificate in a psychotherapeutic intervention e.g. solution focused therapy, Basic CBT, BFT or other psychosocial interventions etc./OR willingness to develop knowledge and skills in these areas
  • Evidence of personal and professional development in contemporary mental health



  • Knowledge of Early Intervention in Psychosis
  • A good working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983/2007
  • Excellent working knowledge of the practices and principles of the Care Programme Approach Excellent knowledge of clinical conditions and systems of good practice in modern acute mental health
  • Ability to deputise for the Clinical Lead when required
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in risk management and assessment
  • Able to undertake comprehensive assessments, including physical health care, health promotion, social inclusion and recovery
  • Ability to write clear, concise, relevant, accurate, evidence based record keeping
  • Commitment to the principles of recovery and work in a way that identifies people's needs, strengths and enhances hope, optimism, and respect during the recovery process
  • Knowledge of current Mental Health developments specific to EIPS
  • Competent in practising ethically and challenging inequality
  • Uphold and practice all of diversity and ethical policies and procedures


  • Evidence of management /leadership training



  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Experience of ensuring that the values including Care, Compassion, Competence, Confidence, Communication, Courage and Commitment are adhered to daily, and any matters of concern are raised with the relevant Line Manager or through the necessary processes within the Trust
  • Experience in working in community mental health services
  • Experience at Band 5
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary setting
  • Competent in leading and prioritising in a busy environment
  • Ability to problem solve and to deal with everyday issues
  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in partnership with other agencies
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate using Care Programme Approach
  • Excellent observation skills
  • Able to give clear concise verbal information
  • Excellent record keeping skills
  • Conversant with IT skills, including use of Word, Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in delivering care in accordance with the Recovery Model Provide care to promote social inclusion and Vocational Services


  • Experience in working with people with 1st episode psychosis

Personal Qualities


  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour
  • Ensures that the organisational values of open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly; or raised with the relevant Line Manager; or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate
  • Able to communicate effectively and give concise and accurate feedback
  • Competent to work effectively in a busy environment whilst managing caseload
  • Be approachable, friendly and caring Team building skills
  • Effective time management and delegation skills
  • Act as role model for team members and junior staff Flexible and Reliable - good time keeping
  • Uphold EPUT Customer Care standards
  • Commitment to working with families and carers and ensure their views are taken into account

Additional Requirements


  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate
  • Current driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites efficiently and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc

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