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Assessment Co-ordinator - Early Intervention Team

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Early intervention
NHS AfC: Band 6
37.5 per week
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225 Old Street Ashton-Under-Lyne
£30,401 to £37,267 per annum
27/08/2019 23:59

About the Trust

We are proud to provide high quality mental health, learning disability and community services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

Our vision is to enable a happier and more hopeful life for each and every person within our communities.

Our 5,500 staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care and we receive excellent feedback from our patients. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we are a great place to work. 

Many of our staff and teams have brought home high profile national and regional awards and we are privileged that some of the most talented professionals in the country choose to work for us. This includes some prominent national mental health experts.

We are one of the first NHS organisations in the country to launch a Just Culture approach. This aims to get to the heart of what, not who, was responsible for an error.

Instead of blaming staff for honest errors, we will support them to come forward and share their experiences to allow lessons to be learned.

We also offer a dedicated staff wellbeing service. This provides lots of help and support for staff experiencing mild to moderate psychological difficulties that are impacting on their work.

Pennine Care is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce.

Our ambition is to work together to promote an all-inclusive environment which attracts all candidates and signals our ongoing commitment to both celebrate and promote diversity. We encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

As a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria at each stage of the selection process.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and developing the Trust as a Great Place to Work.  We offer the a range of family friendly inclusive employment policies and services to support our staff from different backgrounds. In addition we offer the following benefits: 

  • 27 days annual leave rising to 29 (after 5 years) and 33 (after 10 years) plus 8 bank holidays- pro rata
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • A dedicated Staff Wellbeing Service
  • Annual personal development review and support for continual personal and professional development
    A number of NHS discounts across retail, leisure and travel
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff Discount with Stagecoach and First Buses

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

Future plans

We are currently developing our future strategy, which will focus on providing the highest quality mental health and learning disability services.

As part of this, our community (physical health) services in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services) and Trafford will be moving to a new NHS provider in 2019. For Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services), this will take place on the 1st July 2019

We have been very proud to run community (physical health) services over the last seven years, but we believe there are other provider organisations better positioned to enable these community services to achieve more for the benefit of local people. We are working closely with our staff and colleagues in the new provider organisations to ensure the smoothest possible transfer.

Interview date: 6th September 2019

Service/Ward/Department Summary:

The Early Intervention Team provides support and intervention to individuals who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. The team is based a brand new office with purpose built clinical space in the centre of AshtonUnder-Lyne covering the Tameside and Glossop area. The team is expanding in order to work towards meeting the Access and Waiting time standards to support this we are looking to recruit a specialist assessment coordinator. Role Summary: As an Assessment Coordinator you will have a lead role in the assessment and management of referrals to the team of young people and adults who are suspected as having a first episode of psychosis and/or at risk mental state. You will have a real commitment to this client group and be willing to work across services including developing relationships with those that refer into the service. You will be supported by the Team Manager, existing team and through clinical and managerial supervision. As a band 6 you will be expected to offer advice and supervision as required to other mental health professionals within the multi-disciplinary team and to contribute to on-going service developments. Key Responsibilities of the Post:  To identify the needs of service users by utilising Trust approved and evidence based assessment tools (PANSS and CAARMs-training can be provided).  Manage the care of those identified as being in prolonged assessment and those on waiting lists for intervention.  Act as a Care Co-ordinator for a small caseload including offering assessment and intervention within a psychosocial framework of practice  Offer advice and supervision to other mental health professionals within the multi-disciplinary team.  Support the development of the service including promotion of the service to other agencies Key Requirements of the Person Specification:  Professional registration as a nurse, social worker or occupational therapist.  Experience working with clients with serious mental illness.  Knowledge and skills in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care of clients with serious mental illness  Use of a car or access to a means of mobility and ability to travel is essential to the post


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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Lesley Freeman Team Manager