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Band 5 Forensic Learning Disabilities/Mental Health Staff Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Abbots Langley / Radlett
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, pro rata +5% of basic salary (min £1,136 max £1,915)
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

Job Details

Would you like to join an innovative organisation committed to ensuring delivery of the best care by the best people? We have exciting opportunities for Band 5 Nurses at Warren Court and 4 Bowlers Green, our Hertfordshire-based Medium Secure and Low Secure Units for people with learning disabilities. If making a difference to the lives of others motivates and inspires you, join us to become part of something truly amazing.

This is the perfect opportunity for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Nurses seeking a new challenge in a dynamic and rewarding environment where no two days are the same. Working hours will involve shifts, including some nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Staff benefits include 27 days annual leave, access to one of the UK's best pension schemes, flexible working options, childcare support, a one-year preceptorship programme for newly registered nurses, CPD opportunities, subsidised gym membership, and so much more.

Values-Based Screener: At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust, we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered, please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find a link for below. When you have finished, you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and will be required when you submit your application form.

Main duties of the job

The Role: On a day-to-day basis, the role will involve assessing, planning and implementing evidence-based care, working as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team, and being the named nurse for an identified group of service users. The post-holder will also help run shifts and assist the team leader, as well as supporting more junior members of the team.

The Ideal Candidate: Our service-users are our number one priority, so we need people who are committed to supporting others, even at more challenging times. Excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and team-working skills are essential for this role, as well as the ability to use initiative and act in a calm manner. The successful candidate will also need to reflect the Trust's key values by being welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional at all times.

Qualifications And Training: The successful candidate must have RNMH/RNLD/RMN/RGN and be registered with the NMC. Previous relevant experience is desirable but not essential as we offer training to ensure staff are skilled to the highest standards and feel confident in their ability to do the job well. The Trust's one-year preceptorship programme allows newly registered nurses to develop their clinical, communication and leadership skills within a structured framework of support and development.

The Trust are embedding a Trauma Informed Approach within all of our inpatients units and that you will be part of this exciting development.

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

The post-holder will:

Actively fulfil the role of Named Nurse for an identified group of service-users, providing a holistic approach to assessment, treatment, review and management of packages of care.

Ensure the statutory requirements of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act are observed and applied at all times.

Form effective working relationships with all parties and work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver quality person-centred care.

Carry out clinical nursing procedures/techniques in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Trust, and promote evidence-based clinical standards of practice.

Review and communicate service-users risk assessments and management care plans in accordance with Trust policy, ensuring service-user involvement throughout.

Assist in the day-to-day smooth running of the unit, leading a nursing team and providing clinical supervision to junior staff as required.

Work with, talk to and listen to service users, carers and families, and encourage their participation in the recovery process.

Treat all colleagues, service-users, carers and relatives with dignity and respect, and recognise and promote all aspects of cultural diversity.

Demonstrate de-escalation skills to manage aggression exhibited by service users, using approved physical intervention techniques as necessary.

Demonstrate an on-going commitment to continuing professional, and service, development.

Recognise own limitations and engage in reflective practice.

Be compassionate and open-minded.

Reflect the Trusts values by behaving in a manner that is welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional.

For further details about the role and responsibilities, and for the Person Specification, please download the attached JD& PS document.

Person Specification



  • Registered with NMC
  • Experience of assessing and managing clinical risk
  • Experience in care planning


  • ENB 998/Mentorship training
  • Management Training
  • Teaching/training experience
  • Forensic nursing experience



  • Organisational skills and the ability to work effectively within a management structure and multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate when barriers to understanding exist
  • Flexible and responsive approach to care
  • Ability to identify and manage changes to clinical risks
  • Good decision-making skills
  • Accurate record-keeping skills
  • De-escalation skills to manage aggression exhibited by service users
  • Good verbal presentation skills
  • Good IT skills, in particular MS word
  • Committed to treating people with dignity and respect
  • Ability to cope in emotional circumstances when dealing with service-users
  • Enthusiastic and caring attitude
  • Willingness to learn and to develop skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge and ability to positively manage change
  • Flexible approach to work


  • Leadership and motivational skills
  • Clinical supervision skills
  • Ability to chair meetings effectively

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Warren Court / 4 Bowlers Green

Woodside Road / Harper Lane

Abbots Langley / Radlett


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