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Community Mental Health Nurse Development Post Band 5 to 6

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023
This is a county-wide advert and candidates will have the opportunity to discuss their preferred location at interview.

An exciting opportunity has risen for the post of a band 5-6 development Community Mental Health Nurse within East and North and WEST SBU Adult Services.

We have a number of vacancies within the Adult Community Mental Health Service giving you the opportunity to quickly progress to the next position that you aspire.

As this is a county-wide position, successful candidate will be expected to work across all of our sites in Hertfordshire.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person who will be able to support the lead in all aspects and clinically support the nursing team. You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and with strategic intent within the supportive environment of the ACMHS.

As the Community Mental Health Nurse you will be responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for a defined caseload of people with complex mental health and or social care needs and maintaining associated records. You will also act as mentor for student nurses as required.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, with direct supervision initially, and then taking responsibility for the assessment of care needs and risk assessment of serviceusers presenting with a wide variety of clinical conditions.
  • To be named care coordinator, and act accordingly when applying care.
  • To respond to any crisis that a service user may advise of, with the aim of promoting independent living in the community.
  • Work with the philosophy to support service users to remain in their own home.
  • Provide education, advice and guidance to service users and their carers and families.
  • Provide a range of clinical interventions and treatments appropriate to the individual needs of service users.
  • Be required to challenge practice that compromises or challenges high quality care to service users.
  • Remain updated with local and national guidelines and policies.
  • Partake in home visits with other professionals such as Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialty Doctors, Occupational Therapist and Psychologist, Physiotherapist, Positive Partnership Team, Dietician, Speech and Language Therapist, Intensive Support Team.
  • Partake in clinical and management supervision and attend all Fast Track training sessions including the mid-year and final review.

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.

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will receive up to �120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions.

In addition to the basic salary some locations may be eligible to Highcost Area + 5% of basic salary, min �1,136 max �1,915.

Clinical Responsibility
  • To manage a patient caseload after an initial period of initiation, ensuring care plans are agreed that promote independent living in the community.
  • To carry out specialist mental health and learning disability care assessments, initially under close supervision. Develop, implement, evaluate and document specialist care. This will include frequent requirement for intense concentration.
  • Complete risk assessments that are clear, concise and detail plans to safely manage any risks that are identified.
  • To use a variety of clinical skills appropriate to the needs of the individual and the clinical setting in which they are seen.
  • To be responsible for the administration, carriage and storage of medication in accordance with relevant Trust policies. To ensure safe disposal of equipment used in the Community e.g. syringes, needles, in accordance with Trust policies.
  • To actively plan and participate in safe discharge from the service following agreed care pathway (CPA) as agreed with the MDT
  • To deliver care that is person centred and recovery focused, reflecting current best practice and challenge practice that may be detrimental to service users receiving high quality care.
  • To be aware of the physical needs of people with mental health problems and refer physical conditions on as appropriate.
  • To participate in the Trusts adverse incidents reporting systems and comply with the Trusts procedure and techniques for managing risks.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to Trust policies.
  • Deliver care that is person centred reflecting current best practice, and challenge practice that may be detrimental to older people receiving high quality care.
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care. In particular having a good knowledge of Learning Disabilities, LeDeR, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Care Act including their uses in non-mental health areas.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Completion of preceptorship programme
  • Working knowledge of mental health legislation including Care Act, MHA, Mental Capacity, DOLS etc
  • Experience with medication administration



  • Committed to learning and developing self at all times



  • Good level of written English skills
  • Able to use problem solving techniques in a variety of situations
  • Able to manage own time and case load and has good administration skills
  • Able to use problem solving techniques in a variety of situations

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Across Hertfordshire



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