Mental Health Practitioner

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
18 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Summary: BAND 6

The role of the Early Intervention Practitioner is to work in partnership with At Risk mental state (ARMS) and First Episode of Psychosis (FEP) service users wrapping care and treatment around hope and aspirations informing their care and recovery plans. They will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions evidenced based for this particular care group - including education and support, carer and family psycho-education and risk minimisation planning. The post holder will work at all times flexibly and to promote the safety and the wellbeing of service users and their families/carers. The post holder will assess, plan and implement care, and provide specialist advice.

We are seeking to recruit a dynamic Band 6 Care Coordinator either a Nurse, Social Worker (SW) or Occupational Therapist (OT) based at Hounslow. The individual must be enthusiastic, committed, compassionate and experienced with a good knowledge of the issues and guidance around working with psychosis. In addition, have some experience of working with young people and adults aged 14years to 65 years with a range of complex mental health issues.

For further information, contact:



TELEPHONE: 02084831447

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner and responsible for a defined caseload of service users by undertaking these duties:
  • To undertake assessments of individuals and their families in the designated care group with complex health presentations, including those service users presenting with higher levels of risk
  • They will work alongside the service user to develop their care plan along the recovery principles.
  • To offer specialist assessment and advice where required.
  • To assess, manage and regular review on going risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and carers.
  • To ensure that clinical practice is evidence based and consistent with relevant NICE guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To provide supervision of junior staff and trainees where appropriate (mentorship and preceptorship qualifications)
  • To act within the relevant Code of Conduct dependent on your Registration Body.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental and physical health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We arerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical practice, including own professional development
  • To provide comprehensive assessment of mental health specific to EIS.
  • To manage a caseload of clients with complex mental health needs and undertake case management/lead professional/ CPA as needed.
  • To be able to communicate with and meet the needs of families and carers as appropriate to the care group and the individual client.
  • To have experience of and specialist knowledge on interventions to be able to lead in clinical area.
  • To receive management supervision from Team Manager or equivalent.
  • To demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • To establish professional links with other care groups and professionals.
  • To administer medication within NMC guidelines and the Trusts Medicines Code.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies to gain the best person centred outcomes for the individual.

Please refer to attached JD & Person Specification for further information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistered Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with a current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role.
  • oEvidence of post registration training in relevant service area
  • oCompletion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent/Practice Educators/Practice Placement Educator
  • Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of supervising staff and students
  • oAble to manage a caseload of people with complex mental health needs
  • oLived experience of mental health issues
  • oAwareness of Trust policies and service specification
  • oExtensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
Knowledge Essential
  • oComprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area
  • oTo understand performance reports and how they relate to team
  • oTo have a good knowledge of service objectives
Personal Qualities Essential
  • oDemonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, patients, families, carers
  • oAble to establish links with other services and professionals
  • oAble to effectively manage risk

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