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Mental Health Practitioner -Community Placements Co-ordinator

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata + HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2023
Are you a motivated and skilled mental health practitioner?

This is a great opportunity for a nurse, social worker or allied health professional with professional registration.

This is a specialist post: a placement care coordinator for service users in funded social care and health placements for the South West quadrant of Hertfordshire.

We welcome diversity in our workforce and encourage applicants from people of all ages and backgrounds, such as those with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

Here's what our staff say about working in the team:

It's a privilege to help people make the changes they want to see in their lives. I get to see about three people each day, on site, and I love my job. (LP, Counselling Psychologist, South West ACMHS)

This was my first job in NHS and I didn't know what to expect, but there is so much training provided, I was and am able to shadow different professionals in initial assessments - it is such a great opportunity to learn and participate in MDT. AV, Health Care Assistant

Watch Maleah's video here:

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • join the friendly Adult Community Mental Health services team
  • act as care coordinator for those service users settled in placements in south west Hertfordshire who require an annual review of their care
  • acting as a point of contact for care providers
  • act as a point of contact to the HPFT placement service
  • supervise a Band 4 STaR worker dedicated to providing support to those in Community placements
  • have a good understanding of social care and the Care Act
  • have the ability to assess need and commission packages of care to promote strength based interventions with a focus on the Recovery model
  • work with a Support Time and Recovery worker as part of the Adult Community Mental health staff team
  • liaise closely with key staff members in the Continuing Care and Placement Service
  • coordinate annual placement reviews
  • develop and foster good relationships with placement providers and the Adult Community Mental Health Service
  • promote and deliver the Connected Lives Programme.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental 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

  • You will require a professional registration for social work, nursing or occupational therapy to undertake this role and to act within the appropriate professional code of conduct at all times.
  • You will act as the Care coordinator for service users in funded social care and health placements.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring that an individualised comprehensive assessment and Care Management service is effectively delivered in line with operational and service delivery requirements.
  • Responsibilities include the clinical and operational supervision of Support Time and Recovery staff and students as delegated by the team manager.
  • You will lead for delivering a quality service that is effective and efficient in line with the organisations objectives and performance indicators.
  • You will contribute to strategic service development, working collaboratively with other agencies.
  • You will work co-productively with service users in placements with complex health presentations, promoting their recovery and developing their support plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.
  • You will work in partnership with Health and social care professionals from other agencies and organisations
  • You will work at all times to promote the safety and the wellbeing of service users and their families/carers.

Person Specification



  • RMN or Dip/Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing Or HCPC Registered Social Worker / occupational Therapist
  • Training in principles and application of outcome focused assessments and personalisation


  • Completion of metentorship /preceptorship Course/ENB equivalent, or intention to complete



  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues, strategic frameworks and current guidelines regarding the range of presenting problems in adult mental health, their implications for both practices and clinical management
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical risk assessment and management in a community setting.
  • Experience and knowledge of applying the Care Act in practice
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Physical Skills


  • A form of own transportation
  • Computer literacy

Experience and Attainments


  • Experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post
  • Extensive post registration experience with at Band 5 or equivalent
  • Experience of working in mental health Community/day care/ Crisis assessment home treatment teams services
  • Experience of working in situations of crisis and emotionally demanding environments
  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding process
  • Experience of commissioning social care packages


  • Experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems in a community setting.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Colne House,

21 Upton road


WD18 0JP

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