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Community Mental Health Nurse with �6k recruitment incentive

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
An exciting opportunity for the post of Community Mental Health Nurse is now available within Mental Health Services in North Hertfordshire / Stevenage.

In accordance with the systems, policies, standards and procedures agreed by the Trust you will be responsible for the delivery of care to an allocated caseload: including implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Care Plans, administering and/or supervision of administration of prescribed medication and liaising with other professionals including GPs and external agencies. You will also ensure full compliance with aftercare issues such as Social Care requirements.

The postholder will be required to be compliant with the Mental Health Act, Code Of Practice and other relevant legislation.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

We can offer you a competitive salary, staff benefits package, excellent career development and training that comes from working for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

We are currently offering successful candidates a recruitment and retention bonus of �6,000 per annum pro rata - Terms and conditions apply, payment is kept under review and not applicable to internal applicants.

Main duties of the job

o The post-holder will be responsible for the clinical and operational dayto day service delivery ensuring that an individualised comprehensiveassessment and Care Management service is effectively delivered.o Responsibilities include the clinical and operational supervision ofjunior nursing staff and students as delegated by the team manager.o To be accountable for delivering a quality services that is effective andefficient in line with the organisations objectives and performanceindicatorso To contribute to strategic service development working collaborativelywith other agencies.

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 the Care 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 to read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication & Relationships To support the Team Leader in establishing and maintaining effectiveinter-team and inter agency communication To provide effective liaison/communication throughout the carepathway to service users, their carers and others, respondingsensitively to all needs especially in highly emotive settings To maintain effective joint working with others, developing positiveworking relationships and clear communications with MDT and otherprofessionals Ensure that all relevant information regarding service users care inparticular issues of concern re practice and workload arecommunicated as necessary to the line manager To liaise with other professionals in relation to service user care,actively participating in care planning and review meetings andattending case conferences requiredAnalytical and Judgemental The post holder will be able to undertake assessment of need ofservice users who meets the service eligibility criteria, and their family.To formulate a care plan and risk assessment, review its effectivenessand re-plan using evidence based interventions to best effect inpartnership with the service user. The post holder will be expected to identify and respond to acutepresentations in order to manage risk and promote the safety and wellbeing of the service user. Utilise clinical judgement to evaluate service users physical andpsychological responses to treatment. To initiate, plan and deliver effective risk management systems withinthe clinical area To ensure a consistent and timely response to safeguarding cases inline with departmental procedures To provide a responsive effective service to individuals in crisisPlanning and Organisation To plan, organise and prioritise resources and tasks on a daily basis tomeet service and organisational needs To take a leading role in the day to day management of the servicesupporting the Team Leader, including recruitment retention, rosteringand attendance management as required. To work in conjunction with and alongside colleagues and partnerswithin the organisation. To plan and deliver treatment interventions in line with Best Practiceand local and National Guidelines To act as a Care Coordinator ensuring high quality care delivery at alltimes To take a leading role in designated projects/service development asallocated To support the line manager/service line lead in the effective andtimely management of complaints and serious untoward incidents To identify the training needs of junior staff highlighting this to theTeam Leader To plan, develop and deliver training to others as neededPhysical & Emotional Working Conditions and Environment Document service user care by recording information on electronic carerecord, demonstrating keyboard skills. To have the ability to sit with service users for extended periods of time,often within pressurised circumstances and to sustain frequent, intenseconcentration. To be adaptable to the physical environment, particularly when meetingservice users in their homes, continually being aware of Trust Health & Safety Policies within this context. Ability to cope with the physical demands of frequent travel across theTrust. To drive own vehicle between bases. The post holder may be involved in physical procedures includingadministration of oral and injectable medications, the storage andtransportation of them, and the monitoring of peoples physical responsesto medications, such as blood pressure, glucose and weight monitoring. The post holder will be expected to drive between appointments across awide geographical area in order to manage numerous visits each day,across the west and south of the county and occasionally further. The post holder will be expected to share office space in a hot deskarrangement and work in an open plan environment. Visits to serviceusers occur mainly within their own homes and can therefore includeexposure to a range of environments. Work frequently in distressing, challenging and emotionally demandingsituations requiring mental effort to undertake duties effectively. The post holder may be exposed to unpleasant and distressing workingconditions some service users may exhibit aggressive and abusivebehaviour.

Mental EffortService User Care To carry a clinical caseload and act as a CPA Care Coordinator,adhering to the CPA policy and fulfilling the named nurse role. To undertake comprehensive health needs and risk assessments(including capacity assessments) and develop a care plan (HealthAction Plan) in accordance with identified needs establishing specialistcourse of responsibilities/actions based on Recovery Principles. To carry out joint assessment with other MDT as required. To be aware of and comply with the relevant mental health and workrelated legislation and policy at all times. To provide relevant up to date evidence based information abouttreatment/intervention that enables service users to make informedchoices about their care. To deliver evidence based care in a timely manner. To make reactive recommendations as necessary when working alonein the community. To undertake health promotion activities with individuals and groups. To promote physical health and well being by providing healthchecks/screen and monitoring. Where necessary to administer prescribed medication or to superviseits administration and assess the service user for desired and nondesired effects. To maintain robust clinical records and prepare reports as required To provide and facilitate specialist help and advice to otherprofessionals agencies and carers

Human Resources To provide effective professional supervision/mentorship of junior staffand students assessing proficiencies of practice as required. To be a sign off mentor for students and provide a conducive learningenvironment To maintain ones own Professional Registration and development To actively participate in and seek clinical and professional supervisionand appraisal in line with organisational policyFinancial and Physical Resources To ensure effective and economic use of resources available To comply with the relevant Trust and service financial policies andprocedures

Research & Development To remain up to date concerning relevant clinical, social and legalissues. To be aware of relevant research findings and assist the Team Leaderin the development of the team, incorporating evidence based practice. To adhere to quality initiatives compatible with national targets andlocal standards applicable to practice. To be involved in the development and use of quality assurancesystems contributing to and participating in audits/outcomes, evaluationand lesson learning.Information Resources To gather and record statistical data relevant to service provision anddevelopment and to input data as required. This is carried out in order toprovide statistical data for research and audit for the service. To provide relevant data on treatment provision required by HPFT, whilstcomplying with the Data Protection Act 1984. To maintain effective service user records primarily within the TrustElectronic Patient Record Tool in line with Trust and NMC policies andprocedures, to include electronic diary entries and computerised data basesystem to facilitate collection of statistical information.

Person Specification



  • ENB 998/Preceptorship and Mentorship
  • RMN or Dip/Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing


  • Psychosocial interventions
  • ENB 812/Bsc in Specialist Community Nursing Practice (Mental Health).



  • Experience of working in acute mental health inpatient/day care services
  • Experience of working in situations of crisis and emotionally demanding environments.
  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding process
  • Experience of teaching and training


  • Experience of working with acute mental health problems in a community setting.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment and treatment of individual, couples, and families requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information where persuasive, empathic and reassuring skills are required
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situation including staff and organisational problems safeguarding family breakdown serious mental ill health and risk of self-harm.


  • IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Saffron Ground, Ditchmore Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3LJ

Ditchmore Lane



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