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Early Intervention in Psychosis Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
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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, enthusiastic, self-directed mental health practitioners to join the team as a Care Co-ordinator.

Shortlisting is planned for: 10th August 2022

Interviews are planned for: 18th August 2022

Main duties of the job

You will be involved in the patient journey from triage, assessment through to offering interventions supporting service users to recover from psychosis over a 3 year period.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.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

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.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.To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.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.To ensure Safeguarding Children and Adults requirements are followed and participate in meetings as appropriate.To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users.To communicate to other members of the multi-disciplinary team information which has an impact on the service users care.To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.To check understanding of information where there are barriers to effective communications.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.To have accurate and up-todate knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation.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.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.Provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested.To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.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.To actively participate in team meetings.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems.
  • A demonstrated understanding of equality and human rights
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively.
  • Possess good listening and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding:
  • Effective Care Co-ordination
  • Care Planning and evaluation
  • Quality and clinical audit.
  • Health and Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision.
  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit.
Values Essential
  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency
  • Discrete
Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification by RMN, AHP Social Worker
  • Degree
  • Evidence of post registration study
  • Approved training in phlebotomy

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