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Community Early Intervention Practitioner

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Haringey Early Intervention in Psychosis Team is seeking to recruit a Band 6 Nurse, or Occupational Therapist to join our team as a Community Early Intervention Practitioner/ Care Co-ordinator. The posts has become vacant following the career development of the current post holder. Since our uplift and transformation funding our caseloads are meeting guideline numbers we are fully substantive across all roles. We have a stable team with a number of developmental opportunities. We are fully committed to face-to-face interventions and do very limited remote working.

Main duties of the job

Carry overall responsibility for the management of a caseload acting as a care co-ordinator /care manager, as defined by the Care Programme Approach and other government and local directives. Ensure care is carried out effectively within a multidisciplinary framework and in collaboration with other agencies. Maintain contact with clients on their caseload during periods of admission, including regular attendance on the ward. To take lead in the planning and implementation of the client's re-integration back into the community.

Provide patients and their carers with a service that is culturally sensitive and gives due consideration to any special needs.

Provide therapeutic interventions by means of assessment and on-going treatment in various settings. Design care programmes in line with risk assessment and psychosocial needs. Discharge clients in line with the Early Intervention policy and procedures

Maintain clear, comprehensive and contemporaneous written clinical records on all clients in accordance with Trust policy, utilising I.T. skills and knowledge to access and input clinical information and data to various electronic system, mainly RIO

Provide formal, on-going clinical supervision and caseload management supervision to junior staff and Support Workers who deal with delegated cases. This includes carrying overall responsibility for their caseloads

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people. We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored. Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where you can thrive and succeed.

Job description Job responsibilities

Our team provide a range of specialist mental health interventions to people aged 18-65 who are living in the Borough of Haringey and are presenting with symptoms of a first episode of psychosis. We have a diverse, cohesive and well-supported multidisciplinary team including Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers, Systemic Family Therapists, Psychologists, a Dual Diagnosis Worker and a Cognitive Analytic Therapist and a Peer Support Worker. We also have a full time IPS employment worker. The team oversees the care co-ordination of adults for 3 years following onset of psychosis. Many of our clients are younger people and they may be experiencing a first episode of psychosis and be presenting for the first time to mental health services.

Our social inclusion program includes a variety of events and courses that the team work together to produce. We promote partnership working and have established good working relationships with other organisations, individuals, carers and service users. We have an interest in Open Dialogue informed interventions and some of our staff have been trained in this having been involved in the National Trial. There are also opportunities to join our CAT supervision Group.

We deliver interventions in line with NICE guidelines for psychosis and a high level of model fidelity to the Early Intervention in psychosis model. The physical wellbeing of clients is actively promoted including regular health assessments, liaison with primary care and engagement with team and community sports groups. We have an active bike recycling scheme that is open to all staff and service users at our centre.

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a large employer with several opportunities for staff to develop their special interests. We have a well-established KSF/PDP programme and an involvement in clinical fieldwork education. We also have a commitment to evidence-based practice supported by internal and external training. Consideration will be given to those with extensive psychosis and/or community experience pre-registration or during training, if they have not completed two years post registration practice.

All applicants for this post will need to demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism in their approach. We welcome applicants who have a lived experience of mental health.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • RN(M) or OT Qualifications.
  • Evidence of further post-registration education and training.
  • Relevant qualification in or experience of Psychosocial Interventions for people with psychosis.
Previous Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 2 years post registration experience, one of which working with clients with mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with young people and/or people with psychosis.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Ability to work under pressure in acute situations with minimal supervision.
  • Communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • To demonstrate an awareness of a wide range of skills including interventions specific to this service users group e.g. Family intervention, Relapse prevention..
Special Requirements Essential
  • Understanding of user empowerment.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.

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