Early Intervention Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5/6 Development Post Applications Will Be Considered

We have an exciting opportunity for a registered mental health nurse, social worker or occupational therapist to join our specialist team in working with patients aged between 14 -65 experiencing first episode psychosis.

We are dynamic & highly specialist team, working with an interesting client group, where there's an opportunity to significantly impact on an individuals well-being and functioning and long-term clinical outcomes.

The role involves specialist assessment & treatment of patients presenting with symptoms of psychosis. You would join a multi disciplinary team of nurses, social workers, OTs, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical support workers. There is a wide range of experience and skills within the team and we are passionate about nurturing our staff to develop their skills. We have provided training in Family Intervention, Structured Clinical Management, Safeguarding Supervision, Complex Needs Management etc.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to collaboratively plan an individuals care needs and assess risk factors and implement interventions in line with the access and wait time standards; that improve outcomes for the individual and their families. You will be offered a thorough induction period, including shadowing established team members and regular supervision. The appointed applicant should be willing to engage in continuing professional development opportunities.

Excellent communication, report writing and assessment skills are essential for this post. We are looking for highly skilled and competent practitioners, who are motivated and committed to delivering quality and evidence based care and willing to develop and initiate recovery focused groups. As part of the role there will be opportunities to participate in groups aimed at reducing cardiometabolic risk factors, such as gym, climbing and walking groups. Applicants should have sound working knowledge of the current spectrum of mental health disorders and the Mental Health Act.

Applicants should have post registration clinical experience and be able to demonstrate the appropriate skills needed to provide an outstanding service. We are looking for individuals who are flexible and conscientious team members.

Access to transport for work purposes is essential.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognized core profession qualification in mental health care - RMN / Social Work / Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of further professional development involving serious mental illness.
  • Training in PSI at an introductory level
  • Experience of working in a community MDT
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Commitment to own continuous professional development
  • Knowledge of need for early intervention services from a national and clinical perspective
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an assertive outreach approach to care
  • Information management and technology skills
  • ECDL qualification
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a MDT

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