Early Intervention Team
There are many routes to working within a team such as the EIP Team. Depending on the role, the following experiences and courses are often taken before joining the team:
- Life experience or having a lived experience of mental health issues
- CSEs and GCSEs
- Volunteering in the NHS or EIP team
- College Access Course in Health and Social Care
- Nursing/Social Work/Occupational Therapy/Psychology Diploma or Degree
- Masters in Health or Social Care
- Doctorate in Medicine
The above are just a guide and do not list the full range of routes into working in EIP or similar NHS teams. The main things that these teams are looking for are people who are willing to learn (respectfully curious), able to put themselves into other’s shoes (compassionate) and want the best for others (caring).
A lot of people join a team like the EIP team from having previously experienced a mental health issue, or having had work experience during school or volunteered in the NHS. Volunteering and work experience gives you a taste of what its like working with the range of NHS and social care teams. People can also apply for entry positions such as Support Worker or Peer Support Worker with opportunities to learn and develop into more senior roles.
Some people will join a team such as the EIP team having graduated from college or university with a diploma or degree in a range of subjects. If you have a degree or above in a subject related to health and social care e.g. nursing, social work, medicine etc then you can apply for a post such as a Care Coordinator, Senior Practitioner, Psychologist, Junior Doctor or Consultant Psychologist or Consultant Psychiatrist depending on your qualifications and experience.
EIP Teams work in the community and meet people where ever they feel most comfortable. This may be in the person’s home or NHS setting or community centre or cafe.
NHS Health Career Role:
Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) teams are a group of health and social care workers who work with individuals and their families to treat psychosis – a serious mental illness which affects 1-3 people out of a 100.
Psychosis can sometimes be misunderstood and portrayed very negatively in the media – which really doesn’t help! So we have made a short animation video to explain more about the illness and its treatment:
EIP teams help people to recover from the illness, and get back on track so that they can realise their full potential. There are currently 159 EIP teams working in the community across the UK. We support EIP teams to convey their message through a series of campaign materials called #EPICMINDS. A typical EIP team is made up of a range of professionals including doctors, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, peer workers, social workers, support workers and admins.
About the Team Members:
People who work in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) teams are highly dedicated, compassionate and empathetic and have a real passion for helping people. EIP teams aim to help people who have experienced psychosis to lead as independent a life as possible and have the same opportunities to thrive as everyone else. EIP teams are always looking for new people to join them on a voluntary or official basis.
You can learn more about a typical EIP team and its members by watching this short video:
Below are 2 people who are currently working with EIP teams in the South of England:
Dawn: A mom and carer who works with Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) teams in the South of England by sharing her life experience of caring for a family member with psychosis. Her reasons for doing this are to help staff to better understand the needs of families and individuals experiencing psychosis, and to give future service users and carers better services that will be easier to understand and be a part of.
Sarah: A mental health nurse who has worked in different mental health settings during her 15 years of working in the NHS. Previously she has worked as a named nurse on a ward, care coordinator, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in the community and managed a range of mental health teams. Sarah currently works as a Senior Programme Manager supporting mental health Trusts in the South of England to develop their Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) teams so that they are easy to access and support people to get back on track.
What we do:
THIS IS NO ORDINARY JOB ROLE – IN FACT, IT’S EPIC!
Our Typical Days:
No two days are the same, but this short summary of one team members week might give an idea of some of what the team members’ work involves:
Spending the Prize Money:
If we are lucky enough to be chosen by the students, we will organise an awareness event at a school or college of their choice in the South of England.
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
The #EPICMINDS campaign works with 32 EIP teams in the South of England, supporting roughly about 500 team members to improve services. What we notice from meeting EIP team members is that they often have the following 3 things in common:
To find out more about #EPICMINDS, please visit www.epicminds.co.uk
What's your favourite food?
Fish … sometimes with chips
What is the most fun thing you've done?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Joined the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) team
What or who inspired you to do your job?
Watching the movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’ which is loosely based on the true story of John Nash, a mathematical genius and Nobel Prize winner in Economics who experienced psychosis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFJgUm7iOKw/
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?