Job overview

We are a developing service and our aim is to transform the way mental health support is delivered in North East Essex. We are a team that respect and value diversity ,and innovation and have the passion to constantly evolve our practice, always striving for better.

Our ambition is to deliver a first class offering to people in their communities and we want you to be a part of that ongoing vision. This will include working closely with the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The Alliance brings together local authorities in North East Essex (Colchester and Tendring) with other commissioners and providers of health and wellbeing services, such as the NHS, County Council Social Services, and the voluntary and community sector, working together to tackle not just ill-health, but the causes of ill-health by having joint goals of reducing inequalities and creating healthy, resilient communities for everyone. As part of Live Well we promote healthy living in communities and families across Colchester and Tendring to improve physical and mental well being

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assume responsibility for delegated aspects of healthcare delivery, working within a scope of practice under the direction/supervision of a registered practitioner. They will work within relevant legal and ethical frameworks in accordance with organisational protocols and policies.

The post holder will be proficient, knowledgeable and competent. They will continue to develop in their role through the acquisition of further skills, knowledge and competencies, to be determined by the needs of the patients, the service and the team

The Associate Practitioners will offer service-users the following means of support:

  • Reducing distress
  • Promoting recovery
  • Supporting carers and care networks
  • Providing psycho-education and awareness
  • Reducing stigma associated with psychosis and other co-morbid mental health conditions
  • Preventing relapse
  • Monitoring physical health and promoting physical wellbeing
  • Promoting social and community inclusion
  • Working for our organisation

    EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;

  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer
  • The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

    Join our Staff bank

    What is Staff Bank?

    Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

    All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

    If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  •  To support the work of the registered practitioners in the Primary Care Networks
  • Maintain excellent communication with patients, relatives and members of the team demonstrating a variety in communication skills in accordance with patient needs.
  • Perform patient assessment (under supervision and after appropriate delegation from the registered practitioner). Assessments to include vital sign monitoring, history taking, mobility, tissue viability and nutrition.
  • Ensure that accurate and objective information is recorded
  • Perform area specific clinical competencies such as phlebotomy, to enhance the delivery of patient care as delegated by the registered practitioner.
  • On the direction of a registered practitioner, refer patients to relevant professionals for specific treatment, advice or support.
  • Act as a role model by upholding and implementing good practice in the workplace, always ensuring the highest standards of evidence based care.
  • Ensure correct procedures are followed in the event of an incident or accident involving the patients, families or members of staff.
  • Maintain responsibility for the identification of continuing educational needs and development. Actively participate in the annual appraisal process and formulate a personal development plan.
  • Demonstrate competency of clinical skills evidencing within the Trust policies and procedures.
  • Participate in clinical supervision.
  • Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Desirable criteria

  • Physical Health Promotion
  • Qualifications

    Essential criteria

  • Associate Practitioner or equivalent
  • Desirable criteria

  • Evidence of ongoing CPD
  • !Important Professional References 

    Make sure that as a part of your application you have professional references with business contract information covering your last three year employment history. We are unable to accept personal or character references.

    As a newly appointed employee you are responsible for incurring the cost of your initial DBS check relevant to your post, the amount will be deducted from your first salary with the Trust.