Mental Health Practitioner - Initial Assessments

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata + HCAS (max £2,011 per annum)
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a talented mental health assessor?

Are you interested in working with an outstanding Trust to develop and deliver community treatment in mental health?

If yes, we would love to hear from you. We are seeking to recruit an assessor to join theAdult Community Mental Health Service (ACMHS) in South West 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.

Our team is based in Watford.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 role of the Mental Health Practitioner will be to work as part of the Adult Community Mental Health Services undertaking initial assessments for all those referred by the Single Point of Access Referral Advisors for consideration for Adult Community Mental Health Services pathway .
  • You will do this by providing assessment , consultation, support, education and problem solving approaches in the area of assessment and management of mental health problems in Adults of working
  • This will include signposting to other services and providing advice regarding other digital and community based resources.
  • To liaise with GPs and other Primary Care services to obtain additional information to support the assessment process and access to the appropriate pathway
  • The role is to strengthen access and to provide triage for people who may need mental health services. The post holder will ensure systems are in place to promote smooth pathways between primary care and secondary mental health

About us

We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for 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. Everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake assessments of individuals including the assessment of risk in order to consider access or re-access to secondary mental health services
  • To be a core member of the secondary y care teams within an defined area, using specialist mental health
  • To develop links and foster a culture of partnership between Primary Care Teams and HPFT Adult Mental Health
  • To promote the use of treatment protocols and care pathways leading to increased integration of service users within Primary Care setting.
  • Facilitate joint work between Primary Care and Secondary Care interface and Primary Care/Voluntary Sector to increase range of services/interventions
  • To develop a close relationship with Primary Care practices, and having regular informal .
  • To work in partnership with the individual service user and their families and carers as appropriate to ensure the delivery of the primary care plan, and to enable the development of a plan to facilitate their safety, promote their well being and support their independence and inclusion in the community, by using recognised age appropriate self management tools where applicable. This may include signposting to partner agencies such as voluntary sector agencies, schools and colleges which may be able to more appropriately help the service user complete these
  • To carry out initial assessments of service user needs to ensure a whole person approach, involving others in assessment as necessary
  • To discuss with the service user and when appropriate, with their carers, their health problems and how they see and understand them, facilitating a process of developing their understanding and maintaining their hope for the

Please read the attached document for a more indepth person and job description before applying

Person Specification



  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (nursing, OT, SW)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Completion of Mentorship/preceptorship Course/ENB equivalent, or intention to complete
  • Non medical prescriber



  • Experienced post-registration
  • Previous experience of working in the community/primary care setting
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex mental health problems
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Experience of delivery teaching sessions to colleagues and professionals

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Colne House

21 Upton Road


WD18 1JP

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