Mental Health Practitioner - Early Interventions Team

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
South West Staffordshire
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Band 5 Mental Health professional (RMN/OT/Social Worker) with a passion for Early Intervention in Psychosis? Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity to develop your skills and expertise? Look no further than Midland Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT)

Our Early Intervention Team is one of the top-performing teams in the country. Clinicians in our team hold smaller caseloads that enable people to deliver the quality of care that they aspire to. Professionals in our team say that they find the work inherently rewarding because of the clear sense of what good looks like in this field, and because of the huge impact you are able to have on a person's life, with full recovery a realistic possibility in many cases.

Main duties of the job

The Early Intervention Service supports individuals for up to 3 years who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis, are typically presenting for the first time to mental health services and have either not yet received any treatment or have been treated for less than a year. The service is designed to encourage access and provide treatment to predominantly a young service user group, but also spans an age ranging up to 65. It embraces a culturally sensitive approach, adopting a bio/psycho/social approach and assertive outreach style therefore the team composition is suited to this target group.

You will be required to contribute to assessments of people who are referred to the service, working alongside other members of the team and in partnership with the person, their families/carers and other services and professionals involved.

You will act as care co-ordinator to a clinical caseload who have been assessed and accepted onto caseload by the service, and will also be expected to contribute to a team approach in relation to meeting service users and their family's needs.

You will act as an autonomous practitioner in aspects of their role, agreeing care plans with service users and the multi-disciplinary team involved. Referring to the team leader and senior practitioners where necessary, but in particular in relation to high profile and very complex cases.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by:
  • Supporting your career development and progression.
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients.
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccination every year
  • Attractive relocation package
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Check out the videos below showcasing why you should grow your career here with us at MPFT:

Why Work for Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

Development and Progression Within Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Band 5 Mental health practitioner (a nurse, occupational therapist, or social worker) to join our team in working as a key member of our early intervention in psychosis team. You will play a vital role in the delivery of high-quality care and support to individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis. In this role you will be responsible for delivering evidence-based interventions, following a compassionate and person-centred approach that also draws on principles of assertive outreach. You will also work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure patients receive the best possible care and treatment.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have the relevant professional registration and have a passion for working with people with mental health needs. You should also have excellent communication skills and be committed to providing high quality care to our patients.

This post will predominantly be covering the West of the patch, which includes Stafford, Seisdon, Cannock and surrounding areas. However the team as a whole provides input to people across South Staffordshire, working out of team bases across the Trust, as well as peoples homes, GP surgeries, other public settings, and inpatient settings. Therefore, the successful applicant must be willing to travel across the geographical area where required. Flexible working patterns may be able to be accommodated, please get in touch to discuss if this is the case.

The team and Trust offer a competitive salary, comprehensive training and development opportunities and a supportive, inclusive working environment, so if you are passionate about early intervention in psychosis and would like to make a difference to those in our care then we would like to hear from you. Equally, if you have questions and would like to know more before applying we would welcome a conversation.

We encourage candidates to bring their authentic selves to work, and as such value applicants from diverse backgrounds and with varied experiences. We would love to talk to you about this role and our service please feel free to get in touch either before or after you make an application Celeste Callaghan (Operational Lead) 0300 303 3428,

Person Specification



  • Appropriate qualification (RMN, Occupational Therapy or Social work equivalent.)
  • Membership of relevant professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC)


  • Additional qualifications or training appropriate to profession/field.



  • Sufficient experience at working at Band 5 or equivalent.
  • Experience of having worked as a care co-ordinator under CPA.
  • Experience of having worked within a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Experience of having worked with young people who are experiencing or have been suspected of experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



South West Staffordshire

ST16 3SR

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