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Lead Practitioner (Nurse/Social Worker/Occupational Therapist)

West London NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The role of the Early Intervention Lead Practitioner is to work in partnership with At Risk mental state (ARMS) and First Episode of Psychosis (FEP) service users wrapping care and treatment around hope and aspirations informing their care and recovery plans. This is an exciting opportunity for those aspiring to develop their leadership competencies. You will be joining a forward thinking team and service that continues to strive to provide outstanding holistic and safe care in collaboration with the Community and Recovery Mental Health Services (CARMHS).

We are seeking to recruit a dynamic Band 7 Lead Practitioner either a Nurse, Social Worker (SW) or Occupational Therapist (OT). Candidates must demonstrate clinical effectiveness, organisational skills, and compassion towards both staff and those who use our services. You will need excellent communication skills, and an ability to engage and collaborate with a number of colleagues and stakeholders including patients and carers. The role requires a comprehensive understanding of the ethos of Early Intervention in Psychosis including Access and Waiting Time standards, as well as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) lines of enquiry.

This is a fulltime post (WTE 1.0) working Monday to Friday, 9-5 hours. Based at Ealing Early Intervention Service, Cherington House, Cherington Road, Hanwell.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide clinical leadership in facilitating holistic initial assessments, risk management, and delivery of EIP's 7 core interventions in a consistent manner. This will be achieved by working in collaboration with the team manager, lead professionals and the rest of the MDT.

The Lead Practitioner will participate in the review of clinical policies and guidelines relevant to the service, supporting and implementing changes to practice as necessary. Additionally, they will liaise with other organisations and professionals to promote communication and good practice be able to undertake audit activity and supervision to other staff in service.

They will need to have an understanding of psychosocial interventions to include psycho-education, wellness recovery action plans and discharge planning. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for supporting the team manager in providing effective leadership within a clinical team providing a high quality service within the resources available in the defined area.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • Qualified RMN/OT/SW with current professional registration


  • Degree/diploma level
  • CBT training
  • Family Therapy
  • Evidence of recent or ongoing continuous professional development.



  • Demonstrable substantive post qualifying experience in mental health, with evidence of relevant experience at Band 6 in a community mental health setting.
  • Experience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines.
  • Working in partnership with other agencies.


  • Clinical experience of working in a community mental health setting.
  • Working with people with psychosis both adults and young people
  • Carry out Care co-ordination and planning within CPA in the community.
  • Working with Children and Adolescents - CAMHS
  • Able to manage a caseload of people with complex mental health needs
  • Lived experience of mental health issues



  • Specialist knowledge of mental health disorders as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Use of psychosocial assessment and interventions.
  • Risk assessment and management.
  • Mental health issues within community services
  • Clinical and professional aspects of complex cases
  • Understand the principles of recovery and their application to risk management, positive risk taking and strengths orientated approaches to care delivery.
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options


  • To have a good knowledge of service objectives
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, patients, families, carers and professionals



  • Ability to manage own caseload and time effectively through robust prioritising of own and others workloads
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed and/or disturbed patients, often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence
  • Self-motivated, able to work autonomously and independently with confidence when required
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility, tact and self- awareness
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Team/self-management and organisation skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Be aware of the limitations in own competencies and seek appropriate senior advice and leadership.

Other Requirements


  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Wiling to use peer and group supervision creatively
  • Ability to be reflective and accept constructive criticism to further develop oneself
  • Be able to work flexibly if required
  • Experience of 'learning lessons' from incidents and complaints.


  • Car owner / driver

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Early Intervention Service

Cherington House



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