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Community Mental Health Practitioner (KCW EIS)

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
7 Jun 2024
An exciting opportunity has opened up within our Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) service in Kensington Chelsea and Westminster. Here at CNWL we are fully committed to developing our Nursing workforce and offering opportunities to aspiring candidates and this post is no different. You will be either a Band 6 RMN, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist looking for a new challenge.

Within this role you will be offered
  • Monthly Reflective Practice sessions allowing you the opportunity to share your learning and reflect on your experiences with your colleagues
  • Monthly supervision sessions focussed on your development into this role
  • Our highly successful 6-months Family Intervention training which upon completion will allow you to co-facilitate Family Therapy sessions within the team
  • Opportunities to shadow our wide-ranging, specialised services with the Trust such as perinatal services, CAHMS, HTT, CMHT and many more.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a member of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Early Intervention and will carry a caseload of service users 14 years and over who are experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis.

Responsible for undertaking initial and comprehensive assessment of health and social care needs alone or with colleagues and feedback to Multi-Disciplinary Team

Care co-ordination responsibility for the overall care of an identified group of service users, being part of a service that is committed to recovery and social inclusion.

Carry out MDT activities including being on duty and clinic rota as appropriate and within sphere of profession

To be a role model to Band 5 RAD nurses and students Nurses in the team.

Our EIP Practitioners are specially trained and committed to using these skills to offer nursing which is centred around working with an individual's strengths in order to maximise autonomy and to deliver NICE concordant care for First Episode Psychosis. You will be working with individuals who are experiencing their first episode in psychosis, ranging from 14 to 35 years of age and where the prognosis for a full recovery is very high. You can be a part of this.

If you are an enthusiastic practitioner who is keen to try and upskill themselves and advance into becoming a more established community practitioner then we want to hear from you.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. We can offer
  • Flexible working with the opportunity to work condensed hours and working from home
  • Working within a dynamic team with visibility of the Senior Management Team (Service Manager & Borough Director)
  • A range of staff benefits including kids pass, range of salary sacrifices schemes (inc for electronic goods and 30% savings on a car), interest free loans and more
  • Award-winning Staff Networks that have thousands of members and exciting events.
  • Career mapping and development programmes.
  • Support and guidance with your Nurse revalidation.
  • Opportunity to shadow senior Leaders
  • Hidden Gem & annual award ceremonies.

The Team serves the population of Kensington Chelsea and Westminster , a diverse and vibrant borough. It is an established team with a friendly, supportive culture. There is a visible , supportive management team and a strong emphasis on training and professional development opportunities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of MH care pathway.
  • To educate health professionals, other services eg ASC and voluntary sector regarding First Episode Psychosis and the role of an EIS including pre-referral advice and consultation to assist in the appropriate triage and allocation of referrals
  • Ensure, and clarify where necessary, the patient pathways through mental health services.
  • Undertake initial assessment and reviews including the formulation of care plans to meet the identified needs of the patient.
  • Undertake Risk Assessments and formulate risk management plans as per Trust policies.
  • Regular attendance and participation at the clinical meetings that facilitate discussion of patient/client needs and ensure a shared approach to care, treatment and risk management where necessary.
  • Plan and implement care as appropriate to the needs of the patient that is underpinned by best practice guidance and person centred principles.
  • Review and evaluation of care plans and risk management plans on an ongoing basis
  • Advice regarding medication management including promoting concordance and monitoring and advising regards effect and side effects in accordance with profession
  • Facilitate undertaking of physical and mental health reviews
  • Provide information, advice and assessment to carers, as required.
  • To work with primary care to ensure that referrals to secondary services are timely and appropriate and that more complex cases are referred on.
  • Work as part of the mental health practitioner team at base, in clinic and in service users homes as appropriate.
  • To develop and maintain access to community & voluntary agencies/services who can offer patients alternative avenues for support and therapeutic help
  • Ensure safe discharge process back to primary care when secondary services no longer required
  • Facilitating and attending joint training events within Organisation/ Borough as appropriate and agreed with service management team
  • To promote appropriate service users involvement in all aspects of the delivery of the service.
  • To participate in clinical and business meetings.
  • To create and maintain systems for managing data including audit.
  • Supervise junior colleagues and students.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Mental Health Nurse, OT or Social Worker
  • Current registration with professional body
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development


  • Training in Psychosocial Interventions
  • Family Therapy/Work training
  • Other relevant training, eg substance misuse, work with adolescents.

Previous Experience


  • Substantial years post-registration with at significant years' experience working with people experiencing psychosis and with complex health and social care needs. Or at least experience working with first episode psychosis in a Community or inpatient setting.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary mental health team in community as a Care Co-ordinator under the Care Programme Approach


  • Work with adolescents.
  • Work with families.
  • Work with people experiencing mental health crisis
  • Supervision of students and junior staff.
  • Audit and research.
  • Teaching - staff, service users, other agencies
  • Working with people who use substances

Skills and knowledge


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentations.
  • IT skills.
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive care package for the identified client group, using a wide range of resources.
  • Able to develop a comprehensive programme of intervention and support for the identified client group and their families
  • Skills in risk assessment and management.
  • Can demonstrate understanding of psychosis and its impact on service users and carers.
  • Knowledge of current legislation and guidance applicable to this client group
  • Can demonstrate understanding of the needs of particular groups, e.g. young people, residents of inner city black and minority ethnic groups, and skills in engaging with them.
  • Skills in psychosocial interventions


  • Skills in leadership: ability to motivate others, use initiative and manage change
  • Basic counselling and group work skills
  • Dual diagnosis/substance misuse

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Early Intervention Team

Hathaway House, 7F Woodfield Road


W9 2BA

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