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Band 6 Specialist Early Intervention Practitioner - Bath

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This permanent post is an opportunity for a clinician to work in an enthusiastic, innovative, supportive and experienced Early Intervention team.

BANES Early Intervention Team is a multi-professional team working across CAMHS and Adult Mental Health Services, providing care for people aged 14-64, presenting to mental health services, often for the first time.

The post involves using psychosocial interventions and working with people experiencing a first episode psychosis. You will work closely with carers and families. The service is part of an AWP Trust wide Early Intervention Service with strong links to the Southwest and national networks.

We are forward thinking and have research workers embedded within the team. We deliver NICE-approved, evidence based interventions, including CBT for psychosis, family work, occupational and vocational advice/interventions, alongside pharmacological interventions. In addition, all team members are involved in the facilitation social, activity, and carer's support/education groups.

We are seeking someone who is enthusiastic and passionate about providing excellent care for service users and who is committed to team working. You must be an excellent communicator, have a flexible approach to your work with a good knowledge base of the principles of Early Intervention in Psychosis.

Main duties of the job

To assess young people with presenting with symptoms of possible psychosis .

To plan and implement specialist programmes of care for young people following the first appearance of psychosis, 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 cofacilitate social and therapeutic groups

To co-deliver educational group to service users, other teams and the wider public

To provide specialist advice to young people, carers and professionals

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

To provide clinical supervision to junior staff, students and supportworkers

To undertake audit, research and development activities.

This role is focussed on providing appropriate, effective interventions and treatments to people with Psychosis and their Carers (including friends and relatives) and their supporters in the community, enabling and assisting them to meet daily health, social care and wellbeing needs, in line with personal recovery goals, and facilitating engagement with mainstream services.

We are committed to continuous learning and development, supported by management and clinical supervision. There will be opportunities to develop your interests supported by ongoing training.

About us

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 diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work within the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service delivering all components of the established Early Intervention modelTo provide comprehensive and specialist assessment of young people between the ages of 14 to 64 years referred to the Early Intervention Team with a first episode psychosis or possibly emerging psychosis. 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.

To provide advice and to assist other members of the Early Intervention 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).

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

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

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

To participate in the development and delivery of teaching and training where appropriate. In particular to plan, develop and deliver training around psychosis and the importance of early intervention to young people, carers and staff within schools, colleges, youth organisations and other community groups.

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

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

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



  • Professional qualification and registration in mental health nursing, social work, CAP (clinical associate in psychology) or occupational therapy


  • At least 2 years post registration experience.



  • Experience of and commitment to multi-disciplinary/whole team working.


  • experience of working with young people



  • Clean driving license and access to a car.


  • experience of facilitating groups
  • CBT experience
  • systemic family work experience



  • Good knowledge and skills in psychiatric assessment / formulation with client group. Understanding of FEP and role of early intervention in psychosis teams


  • Experience of assessing psychosis via standardised assessment tools.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Bath NHS House

Newbridge Hill



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