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Clinical Nurse Specialist in Early Intervention in Psychosis service

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata + HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 7
Part Time
Job summary

This vacancy is a 1 year maternity cover fixed term contract ( 4 days 30 hours per week ) or may be suitable for a possible secondment for internal staff, with your manager's permission.

If you are an experienced mental health nurse, we would love you to join our team in the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service - PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire). Our service users are people experiencing psychosis for the first time and we are committed to delivering personalised and meaningful care.

The role will be working in the whole county of Hertfordshire, based in St Albans or Radlett.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in, part time, job sharing. We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance. We also offer flexible working options.

This role is a real opportunity to build and develop your leadership and delegation skills.

In addition you will be trained as a family intervention therapist

You can find out more about our team here:

Please contact Mary Ingram on 07788 153910 for an informal chat or to arrange a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

Taking responsibility for making a significant contribution to the nursing input, participating fully in the referral and allocation process, assessments, treatment, risk management, safeguarding vulnerable children and adults, care coordination of service users as well as contributing to case discussions and service related meetings.

Offering consultations and supervision to colleagues and students as well as staff in other services.

Fulfil the role of a Nurse Independent Prescriber for a specific group of service users as per Trust policy and NMC requirements

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide highly specialist assessments and evidence based interventions for service-users and carers drawing upon wide theoretical frameworks and national guidelines alongside PATH mini-teams.

To deliver timely, accessible services through both clinic based and outreach models.

To provide highly specialist advice and consultation regarding formulations and treatment to colleagues, external agencies working autonomously within professional guidelines.

To support mini-teams in the care co-ordination of service-users delivering highly specialist assessment and interventions when required.

Together with operational managers and senior clinicians, to provide clinical supervision and training on nursing specific areas to nursing colleagues and colleagues from other disciplines in the service.

To actively participate in supervision, appraisal and professional development to enhance clinical skills, e.g. nurse prescribing.

To work collaboratively and provide nursing consultation to other relevant professions within HPFT and external agencies to build capacity in terms of the early identification and physical and psychological management of disorders and/or disability.

To work collaboratively with colleagues in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Care to improve existing service provision within the Trust thus enabling the effective management of care within the community, avoiding in-patient admissions whenever possible.

To lead and innovate in nursing practice in relationship to physical health, medication management, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), student nurse placements and management of medical devices within the service.

For a more indepth person and job description please read the attached before applying

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Teaching ENB998 Cert
  • Evidence of CPD


  • MSc in specific therapeutic treatment modality e.g. systemic practice, cognitive behavioural therapy.



  • Sound experience of working within adult community mental health settings and/or early intervention in psychosis and of care co-ordination.
  • Experience of nurse independent prescribing or ability to develop this within role.
  • Experience and knowledge of implementing safeguarding procedures for children and adults
  • Experience of teaching and training in practice



  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues, strategic frameworks and current guidelines specific to area of practice and implications for nursing practice and professional management.
  • Knowledge of current developments in research and its application with the specific service user group

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