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Consultant, Early Intervention in Psychosis

Location: Remote
Salary: £230 per day
Tenure: Contract
Closing date: Midday, 9th June 2023

How to Apply

Please submit your application via our BreatheHR portal. Applications must be received by 12pm on 9th June 2023.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please complete the relevant section within the application pack to inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process.

We reserve the right to close this advert earlier or later than stated. Please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Urquhart (Area Manager for Tayside and Fife).

About the role

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) has commissioned Change Mental Health (CMH) to work with them to continue to deliver phase 2 of the Early Intervention in Psychosis programme, which includes testing different models of EIP delivery in pathfinder sites.

An EIP Expert Reference Group provides professional advice to this programme, and CMH is now seeking a consultant with lived experience of psychosis to co-chair this group.

HIS has been leading phase 2 of a programme to improve access to early care and support for people experiencing a first episode psychosis. This phase commenced in Sept 2021 and has now been extended to end in March 2024. Up to now, there has been much progress in setting up and establishing two new services in two health board areas; to build on this we are developing a guide which can assist other areas in designing and implementing an EIP service. The Expert Reference Group will continue to provide advice to this programme, of which a new co-chair is required.

CMH has been assisting people with lived experience to inform and influence this programme of work. If improvements are to be achieved, we must understand people’s experiences of the care and support we are trying to improve.

Working with CMH’s Engagement Worker the co-chair will be a person who has experience of psychosis and who is confident and comfortable to chair meetings. They will work alongside and be supported by another co-chair who comes from a health service background, along with the Quality Improvement team at HIS and supported by CMH.

The Expert Reference Group includes people from health and social care, Scottish Government, academia and people with lived experience of mental illness.

The co-chair will link closely with CMH’s Engagement Worker to ensure the Expert Reference Group hear directly from those with lived experience and that their views on the improvement work in both the Expert Reference Group and any working groups continue to advise the programme.

The Expert Reference Group co-chairs will work closely together to facilitate the meetings of the group, ensuring all voices are respectfully heard.


Who are we looking for?

Applicants should have:
  • Experience of psychosis in Scotland.
  • Drive and passion to lead discussions on improving outcomes for people experiencing psychosis taking an evidence-based approach.
  • Confident communicator who is open, honest and receptive to others.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings to achieve consensual agreement on actions and way forward.
  • Prepared to constructively and respectfully challenge whilst remaining objective.
  • Able to adopt an outcome focused approach.
  • Commitment to tackling health inequalities, eliminating discrimination and advancing equality in care and support improvements being made.
Applicants may have:
  • Experience in co-produced work.
  • Broad understanding of health and social care in Scotland.
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