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Enhanced Support Nurse Practitioner EST

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Braintree Essex
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Enhanced Support Service provides intensive support to adults with learning disabilities who are presenting challenging behaviour and / or mental health problems in the community to prevent, where possible, admission to hospital. The team acts as a gateway to the inpatient assessment and treatment service and works in close liaison with inpatient services to facilitate appropriate admission and timely discharge from services. The team provides an 8am-8pm service Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Weekends and Bank Holidays and works with service users in a variety of health and social care settings.

The post holder will work in close collaboration with other professionals, including the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team (Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology, Allied Health Professionals and Arts Therapies) in assessing service user's needs, devising care plans and evaluating outcomes that promote service user empowerment through the process. The post holder, with the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team will provide high quality, individualised care, which addresses the needs of the service users and meets individual health needs.

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.

Main duties of the job

  • Actively support people with a learning disability in a variety of settings to improve their physical, mental and emotional health. This is delivered through person-centred assessment and treatment, which will subsequently be evaluated for achievement of identified goals.
  • Improve the lives of people with a learning disability by minimising the impact of their condition through the delivery of excellent services to promote recovery and wellbeing.
  • Professionally accountable and responsible for patient care, undertaking a range of clinical/therapeutic interventions in hospital or patients' homes and other community settings.
  • Act as lead professional or care co-ordinator as appropriate.
  • Facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing leadership, day to day supervision, clinical advice and clinical supervision to associate practitioners, healthcare assistants and students as appropriate.
  • Advocate for and promote a positive image of people with a learning disability.
  • Provide advice on reasonable adjustments to primary and secondary healthcare services.
  • Promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities into mainstream services, through health facilitation, education and training of key personnel.
  • Ensure statutory requirements of the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act are observed and applied.

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 Requirements:
  • Professional Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Compassion, resilience and a dedication to empowering and supporting the independence of adults with learning disabilities who use our services.
  • Demonstrable experience of caring for people with learning disabilities or complex health needs in a way that is most appropriate for their needs.
  • Knowledge of common physical, mental and emotional health needs experienced by people with a learning disability.
  • Experience of communicating calmly, efficiently and in a friendly manner, using a variety of methods, with people who require support, members of the MDT, carers/family and other agencies involved in the persons care.
  • Experience of maintaining high standards of record keeping.
  • A good understanding of legislation and national guidance relating to the care and support of people with a learning disability.

The Benefits:
  • NHS and Employee Discounts
  • Excellent NHS Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Opportunities
  • 35 days Annual Leave and Public Holiday Entitlement, Increasing to 37 Days After 5 Years of Service, and 41 Days After 10 Years' Service
  • Car Lease Scheme
  • Eye Test Vouchers
  • Various Staff Wellbeing Programmes
  • Free Parking
  • Varied Career Pathway Options
  • Excellent Training Opportunities
  • Paid DBS application

About Us:

Essex Learning Disability Partnershipis an innovative collaboration between Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Essex Partnership University Trust. The partnership was formed in 2017 and is responsible for all NHS learning disability community and inpatient services across Essex. By working together, the two organisations each bring diverse expertise and a wealth of experience. The objective is to transform Learning Disability services in Essex by working creatively to remove barriers and duplication and deliver excellent care underpinned by the following principles:
  • Simple
  • Person-Centred
  • Integrated
  • Community Focused
  • Equality of Access

To find out more about our Essex Learning Disability Partnership services, including information about our roles, working for us and useful application and interview tips, please visit:

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications & Training


  • Relevant Professional Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Demonstrable commitment to ongoing training and development


  • Mentorship Training
  • Management Training
  • Teaching or training experience

Experience & Knowledge


  • Knowledge of common physical, mental and emotional health needs experienced by people with a learning disability
  • Experiencing of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care according to assessed need using person-centred approaches
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities or complex health needs
  • Experience of using assessment and screening tools to support analysis and make formulations and recommendations based on this
  • Working knowledge of legislation and policy relating to learning disabilities
  • Experience of maintaining high standards of recordkeeping consistent with legislation, policies and procedures

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Tekhnicon House

Springwood Drive

Braintree Essex


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