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Early Detection in Psychosis
Band 6
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
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Queens Road Resource Centre
£30,247 - £39,708 Pa inc
27/01/2017 23:59
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Specialist At Risk Mental State Practitioner

Band 6

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s work is based around 5 core commitments. We are looking for colleagues who share our passion for providing high quality and personalised support to our patients and service users.

Our commitments are:
•To be caring, kind and polite
•To be prompt and value your time
•To take time and listen to you
•To be honest and direct with you
•To do what I say I'm going to do

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (Slam) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

By coming to work at Slam, you will gain experience of being part of an organisation with a rich history and international reputation in mental health care. You will have access to professional development and learning opportunities, and have the chance to work alongside people who are world leaders in their field. Slam delivered more than 14000 training experiences in 2014; providing an extensive range of learning opportunities for staff at all levels. In addition, our working relationship with King's Health Partners allows those working at the Trust to get involved in academic research.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen as one of the best 100 places to work by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) in July 2015, recognising how we are working hard to create and maintain an environment where people can enjoy their work.

Our aim is to be a leader in improving health and wellbeing - locally, nationally and globally.

Oasis is a leading, innovative service providing specialist assessment, psychological therapy, low intensity psychological interventions, psycho- education and vocational and social support to people who are help seeking and who have been identified to have an at risk mental state for psychosis.

Oasis covers Lewisham, Southwark, and Lambeth and over the past 18 months has expanded its services to the borough of Croydon. This is an opportunity to join the Croydon team and be at the forefront of service development, promotion and delivery whilst working alongside the other Oasis boroughs.

Our aim is to reduce the risk of difficult experiences becoming worse, and to improve peoples’ wellbeing. We hope to help people get their lives back on track and move forward in whatever ways they consider most important and meaningful

Oasis liaises with referrers and provides specialist assessments that help to inform future care of clients. The team actively promote health, the service and liaise with various community groups including Education, Iapt, religious groups, non- statutory organisations as well as early intervention teams and other mental health services. Health promotion and prevention is at the heart of Oasis’ commitment to clients and the community.

Oasis would like to hear from Qualified Mental health nurses, social workers or occupational therapists who are self-motivated, enthusiastic and who have a desire to improve the life chances of people who may be at risk to psychosis.

We have an exciting opportunity for a specialist at risk mental state practitioner, who has experience of working with clients in an innovative and engaging manner. Previous experience of working with early intervention teams is desired due to our close working relationship, enabling clients to engage with EI teams when appropriate and supporting Local EI teams in assessments and reaching their access to waiting time standards.

The role requires applicant’s to have previous experience in mental health and in particular community experience with clients with psychosis, with specific emphasis on psycho – social interventions. You will be required to provide comprehensive assessments of clients who are at risk of psychosis and are help seeking.

You will be able to build strong working relationships across services and the local community with a view to enhancing engagement and raising awareness of at risk mental states and in promoting the service to a variety of audiences.
You must be able to demonstrate that you can work autonomously, have a flexible approach and work creatively.

You will be supported to develop through an established supervision and appraisal system and access to training. Oasis has strong links with Kings College London and the Institute of psychiatry providing a rich environment for on-going learning with its strong links to research.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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