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Early Intervention Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a change in career and do you like working in a challenging and rewarding setting? Do you want to build on and enhance the high level of skills and experience you already possess, why not consider this opportunity to join the Early Intervention in Psychosis team? The service works with people between the ages of 14 - 65 who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. We are looking for qualified, motivated, enthusiastic, self-directed mental health practitioners to join the team as a Care Co-ordinator with opportunities to be part of our assessment team. You will be involved in the patient journey from triage, assessment through to offering interventions supporting service users to recover from psychosis. The service delivers both managerial supervision and clinical supervision from specialist staff. There is in-house training on all aspects of the service including psychological formulation, Family Interventions, CBT skills and assessment skills. Preferably you will have experience of working in a community setting, but this is not essential.

Shortlisting planned for 20 May 2024

Interview planned for 6 June 2024

Main duties of the job

Liverpool Early Intervention Team is divided into two teams (North Liverpool and South/Central Liverpool). Service Users will fall under the relevant team based on their GP location and catchment area. As a practitioner, you will be based in one team so that we can deliver care safely, efficiently, and effectively. If successful, you will be part of a multi disciplinary team delivering a range of evidence-based interventions that fall within NICE guidelines.

Each team consists ofa lead Consultant Psychiatrist, Team Leader,Care Coordinators,Psychology Team, Family Therapists, Support Time Recovery Workers,and IPS workers.The successful candidate will work along side all members of the team to ensure a holistic, recovery focus is maintained throughout the service user pathway.

The successful candidate will also work in partnership with other agencies/teams, such as CJLT, CRHT, social care and addictions services, to promote a collaborative focus on care.

We fully promote professional/personal training and development, and there are opportunities to train in-house and CPD and develop your clinical skills through supervision, complex case discussions, and reflective practice. We also provide CAARMS training, which is a specialist assessment for psychosis, and further training on how to deliver family interventions.

We are a supportive team, and the post holder would have support from the Service Managers, Clinical Leads.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning,implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager.2. To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as identified in the care plan.3. To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.4. To undertake and supervise risk assessments and formulation of risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team, family members carers and significant others.5. To ensure Safeguarding Children and Adults requirements are followed and participate in meetings as appropriate.6. To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.7. To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.8. To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users.9. To communicate to other members of the multi-disciplinary team information which has an impact on the service users care.10.To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.11.To check understanding of information where there are barriers to effective communications.12.To give and receive accurate up-to-date information regarding service users care in reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings etc. These reviews may be external to the trust.13.To have accurate and up-todate knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation.14.Where appropriate to job role take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to.15.To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries made by unqualified staff.16.Provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested.17.To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.18.To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.19.To actively participate in team meetings.

Person Specification



  • Appropriate professional qualification or experience at Degree level e.g. RMN, AHP, Social Worker
  • Evidence of post registration study/continuing professional development e.g. Mentorship in Practice


  • Working towards Masters level education



  • Significant demonstrable post registration experience in mental health
  • Evidence of leadership and management skills
  • Evidence of experience of managing cases and case loads
  • Evidence of supervising staff
  • Ability to work autonomously across the organisation/boundaries and with other agencies
  • Experience of working in partnership with other agencies and service users and carers
  • Experience of audit/research and working knowledge of clinical governance
  • Experience in change management and policy formulation
  • Experience of using Incident Reporting Systems e.g. DATIX
  • Experience of undertaking and involvement in Serious Untoward Incident Reviews
  • Evidence of experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems in a variety of health care settings

Knowledge and Skills


  • Able to coommunicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally
  • Being responsive and flexible, seeing changes as an opportunity to improve services
  • Ability to lead the process of standard setting and audit
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work within a CBU management team, be able to generate own workload and ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Ability to build purposeful relationships with a range of both internal and external to the organisation
  • Proven knowledge of relevant mental health legislation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ECC guidelines
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision and ability to provide an education and supervision to junior staff
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of professional Codes of Conduct and Staff's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base

Personal Attributes


  • Professional Attitude
  • Possess excellent listening and negotiating skills and leadership skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • The ability to lead change management
  • Ability to contribute to developing care excellence within the ward/team area



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Baird House

Edge Lane


L7 9NJ

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