Family Intervention Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata.
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Family Intervention Practitioner post within the PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire) Service. PATH is a specialist service for those experiencing a first episode of psychosis in Hertfordshire. HPFT has recently achieved an 'Outstanding' rating from the CQC.

Main duties of the job

We are implementing the Access and Waiting Time Standard for early intervention in psychosis (EIP), which is a clear national priority for the NHS. This standard will make a major difference to the quality of care received by those with First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and greatly improve their ability to recover.

This newly created Family Intervention Practitioner role within PATH will be key to improving access and supporting the delivery of FI to individuals with first episode psychosis and their families.

The post holder will work with psychological therapists and other multi-disciplinary colleagues to ensure that families and carers are provided with evidence based interventions as outlined in national guidance for EIP services.

The post will be based in East and North Hertfordshire, although there may be a requirement to work more widely across Hertfordshire to develop and deliver the service.

Permanent and secondment opportunities available.

About us

We are very keen to offer a bespoke professional development plan with opportunities to further develop the skills of the post holder. Regarding specialist professional development, PATH has close links with other Early Intervention services. The team is part of the East of England Early Intervention in Psychosis Clinical Network. Hence, there are opportunities to meet other EIP professionals outside of the Trust and attend CPD sessions run by the group. For applicants who are keen in wider professional development such as teaching, supervising and conducting research, there will also be such opportunities available. We have established good links with University of Hertfordshire DClinPsy course and are in the process of establishing links with King's College London, Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc programme.

Job description Job responsibilities

Main responsibilities include providing assessment, therapy, supervision and consultation. Another important part of this role is the good governance of psychological therapies within the service and you will be responsible for data collection to evidence the efficacy of psychological interventions. As well as carrying a caseload for FIp, you will also support the Carers Education and Support Programme within the service

Person Specification Skills Essential
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • IT Skills; including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook, entering data onto electronic patient records
Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified as nurse (advanced), Social Worker Specialist, OT (advanced), Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Family Therapist
  • Registration with relevant professional body (HCPC, NMC)
  • Evidence of having undertaken a comprehensive Family Intervention course
Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessment and intervention for families affected by psychosis under supervision
  • Experience in supporting carers and/or facilitating groups for carers of people with psychosis
  • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc.
  • Experience of working in Early Intervention in Psychosis
  • Advanced level knowledge of the theoretical and evidence base for Family Interventions for Psychosis, including factors affecting implementation
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the NICE guidelines for Schizophrenia and Psychosis in relation to CBT and Family Interventions
  • Theoretical knowledge of first episode psychosis and the evidence base for family and carer interventions.
  • Knowledge of at least one treatment model (e.g. behavioural-based family interventions, CBT informed Family Intervention, Systemic Therapy)

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