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Band 6 Early Intervention Specialist Practitioner

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The role would involve the care co-ordination of a small number of Service Users. You will also be involved in assessments and delivering a range of interventions to both individuals and their families and to groups.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside many other clinicians including family workers, CBT therapists, consultant Psychiatrist and psychologists. The team are very psychologically minded and we regularly meet for team formulations. You will receive training in specialist Early Intervention assessments and outcome measures and be supported where possible to pursue other areas of interest you may have within this field. You will have the opportunity to attend Network days with other Early Intervention teams, both within the trust and the whole of the South West of England.

Driving is a must and your own transport is essential for this role as supporting clients to appointments is part of the work. The team does work flexibly in order to reach clients and carers so some working outside of office hours at times is to be expected. In return you will get to work as part of a small MDT team with a real team approach. There may be opportunities in the future to train in CBT and Family work (in line with the Waiting time standards introduced in EI). There will be opportunities to network and join in shared learning with other EI teams, both in AWP and in the South West.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose:
  • To assess people with psychosis or possible psychosis
  • To plan and implement specialist programmes of care for people following the first appearance of psychosis or for a limited period where psychosis is suspected, including carrying a specialist caseload of clients and acting as care co-ordinator
  • To liaise and work in collaboration with other agencies in planning and assessing programmes of care
  • To provide specialist advice to service users, carers and professionals
  • To develop awareness sessions around psychosis and early intervention to be delivered within education and youth services
  • To provide support to junior staff, students and support workers
  • To pursue development opportunities where appropriate

  • About us

    We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

    Job description Job responsibilities

  • A) Clinical Duties:
  • To work within the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service, but develop and maintain excellent working links with colleagues from other parts of the mental health services and from other agencies.
  • To provide comprehensive and specialist assessment of people up to the age of 65 years referred to the Early Intervention Team with a first episode psychosis or possibly emerging psychosis. This will include the use of formal psychiatric and psychological rating scales, as well as liaison with carers and staff from other agencies that may be involved with the young person.
  • To plan, prioritise and deliver specialist programmes of care to people up to the age of 65 years for a three year period following a first episode of psychosis. This will include case formulation, design of intervention, delivery and evaluation. As care co-ordinator, you will be involved in co-ordinating multi agency input around the persons needs and will be responsible for your caseload within the community.
  • To work with and on behalf of young people in a way that promotes and develops their efforts, resources and quality of life. To deliver services in a manner that is appropriate, relevant and respectful to all community members, recognising diversity of ethnicity, culture, belief, privilege and capacity.
  • To liaise and where appropriate work in partnership with staff from other statutory services, voluntary agencies and community groups that work with adolescents, including education, in planning, providing and assessing programmes of care.
  • To work in a collaborative way with other members of the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service team and staff from other agencies on the particular needs of people with psychosis and their families / carers.
  • To provide advice and to assist other members of the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service with interventions which draw on own specialist professional knowledge (for example, an occupational therapist specialist would be expected to advice on and carry out specialist occupational and vocational assessments).
  • To work with other members of the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service, to develop and facilitate clinical groups and workshops as appropriate.
  • To provide advice and support to carers/ relatives of young people, and to provide structured family interventions to families where a young person has a first episode or emerging psychosis.
  • To participate in clinical meetings e.g. CPA and client reviews as appropriate.
  • To support the full implementation of the Care Programme Approach.
  • To assist in the transfer of appropriate cases between services, in keeping with need and service user wishes
  • To ensure that legal and Trust requirements affecting service user and staff are adhered to, and ensure a safe working environment for service users and staff. To cooperate with statutory agencies with the responsibility to protect children and ensure that issues of risk and safety of young people are assessed, and any necessary action is implemented.
  • To maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times when working with highly distressed people
  • In line with Trust policy, to receive regular clinical supervision and to participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service.
  • To maintain accurate records relating to clinical and professional activity and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information to patients, carers and professionals, including information about diagnosis and prognosis, to find ways of enabling young people and their families to take this information on board, and to provide empathy and reassurance. To communicate hopefulness.
  • B) Teaching and Training:
  • To participate in the development and delivery of teaching and training where appropriate. In particular, in conjunction with other members of the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service and with appropriate staff from Education, CAMHS and Swindon Borough Council
  • To undertake further training / CPD as might be required to maintain ones own appropriate level of expertise.
  • C) Professional:
  • To fully observe Professional Codes of Conduct and Professional Practice Guidelines.
  • To participate regularly in and contribute to Early Intervention for Psychosis Service meetings and in any relevant Professional meetings
  • To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directives of the Early Intervention for Psychosis Service as well as the Trust.
  • D) Policies and Procedures

  • Trust employees are expected to follow Trust policies, procedures and guidance as well as professional standards and guidelines. Copies of Trust policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.
  • E) Confidentiality

  • Much of the work is of a confidential nature. This means that no discussion should take place about the care, needs, or activities of any service user, except in the clear interest of that service user or other members of staff. Staff are reminded that personal information concerning colleagues is also confidential
  • F) Equality and Diversity

  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is committed to the fair treatment of all people, regardless of their gender, race, colour, ethnicity, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, religion, disability, mental health needs, age, domestic circumstances, social class, sexuality, beliefs, political allegiance or trades union membership.
  • G) Smoking

  • Smoking by Trust Staff is not permitted whilst on duty whether that be on Trust premises or grounds or out in the community. Staff must also be mindful of public perception and must therefore not smoke whilst travelling in Trust identified vehicles or when in uniform or can otherwise be identified as Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Care NHS Trust staff.


    These duties are intended to be a guide to the post and should not be considered exhaustive. It is subject to review, depending on the needs of the department. The post holder will be encouraged to participate in any such review. The Trust is committed to regular performance appraisal (including setting objectives for review annually) and agreement of personal development plans for all staff to enhance their ability to fulfil the requirements of their post.

    For further details / informal visits contact:


    Helen Hall

    Job title

    Team Manager

    Email address

    Telephone number

    01793 715000

    Additional contact information

    Charlotte Landers, Senior Practitioner, Early Intervention In Psychosis Team. 01793 715000

    Person specification


    Essential criteria

    Maximum score 6
    • Degree level attainment in either Nursing, Occupational Health or Social Work
    • Experience of working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems

    Desirable criteria

    Maximum score 2
    • Experience of working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems
    • Accessibility statement
    • Privacy notice

    Person Specification Experience and Practice Essential
    • At least 2 years post qualification in registered body and meet suitability for band 6 posting.
    • Experience of working with severe and enduring Mental illness.
    • Experience of care coordination or managing caseload/risk.
    • Clear understanding of EI model and working with psychosis
    • Experience of psychological interventions of working with people with psychosis.
    • Qualification in CBTp/Family Work

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