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ARMS Practitioner (Social Worker/ Nurse/OT) At Risk Mental State

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Radlett, Hertfordshire
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is for a registered professional working as a qualified occupational therapist, mental health nurse, or social work

We are a new team that has recently been developed to support young people who may be at risk of psychosis. The ARMS team is a preventative mental health team support young people aged 14-35 years old. It is a psychologically led service designed to prevent or delay the transition to psychosis.

This newly commissioned service is looking to recruit a wellbeing practitioner (qualified social worker/ mental health nurse/ OT). We are looking for someone with a passion for preventative mental health, who is dynamic, and driven to develop mental health services. You will be working in West Hertfordshire based at 3 Bowlers Green.

The ARMS Team will offer NICE recommended interventions, the wellbeing practitioner will be an integral part of the ARMS multi-disciplinary team. The teams will work in a mini team format and will include a wellbeing practitioner and STaR worker. The wellbeing practitioner will be leading on specialist assessments using the CAARMS (Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental State) tool. Alongside providing specialised and tailored interventions and will help coordinate the individual's care.

For an informal chat, contact Eleanor Atkins 07971992007

You must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • work closely with the CBT therapists and psychologists to formulate individual's care, to provide an effective multidisciplinary team approach
  • work alongside the PATH Team (Early Intervention in Psychosis Service) to ensure active, accessible care for the individuals
  • maintain links with other services in HPFT and the wider community.

Delivering the ARMS pathway will give professionals the chance to develop and shape ways of working. Our vision is to work flexibly and creatively with individuals to be able to achieve their goals, and incite self-reliance and independence, whilst supporting to help build their lives. You'll be working with people who come with a variety of needs, at various stages of their mental health journey and recovery.

You'll work with a team who have specialist knowledge, experience, and skills around ARMS. You will have access to a comprehensive internal training package to develop these skills in your first year. You'll be offered a structured induction programme, giving you access to ARMS and psychosis learning and development opportunities to give you the confidence and skills to start delivering the ARMS pathway to our service users.

Our benefits include:
  • 5% on top of basic salary high cost allowance supplement (�2,011 per annum)
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme

About us

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.

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!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your development is our focus, and we will offer a range of ways for you to further your career. Youll have access to personal coaching, to help you achieve your goals, coupled with high quality supervision and appraisal programme.

We offer the development of leadership skills via our bespoke leadership training, high quality profession specific support and opportunities to learn the most effective supervision and personal coaching approaches.

Youll be an important part of an innovative, creative, and developing service. We are committed to a future where we use continuous quality improvement to harness your ideas for service development and make them a reality.

HPFT offers a wide variety of competitive employee benefits including access to a range of salary sacrifice schemes and discounts, a lease car scheme AND Excellent pension provision with up to 42 days leave per year. You will also be working in a beautiful and rural part of Hertfordshire with great travel links to London and Cambridge.

Full time / part time and flexible working requests will be considered.

If you are enthusiastic, self-motivating with a commitment to delivering high quality service user care we would like to hear from you.

Job Summary:The post holder will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary Team,will be responsible for the clinical and operational day to day servicedelivery, providing a high quality care service to 16-35 year old at riskof developing psychosis.

The core functions are to participate in initial assessment of peopleusing a Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental State Tool(CAARMS) to determine appropriateness for ARMS service. The teamwill work alongside the referring teams to identify alternative services asappropriate to meet the persons needs.

Once an individual has been accepted onto the ARMS pathway, thepost holder will be involved in a detailed assessment period exploringthe bio-psycho-social elements of the individual. The assessment periodwill also include engaging with carers and support network, alongsideinitial psychoeducation surrounding the ARMS ethos.

The post holder will be involved within psychology formulation to identifyclear goals and care planning. The ARMS team are using new, dynamictools including QPR and DIALOG questionnaires which will inform thejoint care planning.

The role will include understanding and delivering low intensitypsychological interventions to support individuals. Employment andvocational support, alongside signposting individuals to tailoredservices. The postholder will also engage with joint working withprofessionals, and work with individuals carers and support network tomanage risk and support the individuals mental health needs.The post holder will also be expected to deliver connected lives.Connected Lives is Hertfordshires whole service approach tocommunity practice, personalised enablement, and new models ofcommissioning for social care. Bringing together practitioners,commissioners, and providers, it will support the transformation of ourservice delivery. It is underpinned by the core concepts of the Care Act2014, ensuring community opportunities, citizenship, and personalisedoutcomes. Developed and launched by Hertfordshire County Council in2017, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is nowintroducing Connected Lives as its model for social care practice acrossall adult services.

The model itself sets out standards, principles and approaches for staffdelivering services. It places more emphasis on prevention andenablement and supporting people to live the life they want. It can beapplied to every area of work, from frontline social work, to systems,leadership, and commissioning. As a member of the ARMS mini teamyou will be responsible for championing the model, and advocating itsprinciples to members of the multi-disciplinary team. You will hold a keyrole in providing social care assessments and commissioned packages of care, and will ensure that your practice ensures the service is meetingits statutory social care functions as described in the Care Act 2014.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement,Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conductand Equality and Diversity.

You are responsible for supervision, development and teaching ofjunior staff and/or students as delegated by the team manager.

HPFT offers a wide variety of competitive employee benefits including access to a range of salary sacrifice schemes and discounts, a lease car scheme AND Excellent pension provision with up to 42 days leave per year. You will also be working in a beautiful and rural part of Hertfordshire with great travel links to London and Cambridge.

A valid UK driving license plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential.

Full time / part time and flexible working requests will be considered.

If you are enthusiastic, self-motivating with a commitment to delivering high quality service user care we would like to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact: Eleanor Atkins Team Leader 07971 992 007

Person Specification



  • Education to degree level or Academic qualifications equivalent (Diploma/Degree in in Mental Health Nursing /Social Work / Occupational Therapy)
  • Registration with NMC/ HCPC


  • Advance Training in mental health
  • Approved Mental Health Professional/Best Interest Assessment training



  • At least 2 years of post- registration experience
  • Experience of working in acute or community mental health inpatient/day care services
  • Experience of working in situations of crisis and emotionally demanding environments.
  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding process dealing with family breakdown serious mental ill health and risk of self- harm.
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Knowledge of legislation, theory and policy in relation to relevant care group
  • Experience of undertaking assessments, focussed as personalisation, choice and control, and care planning
  • Understanding and experience of working within the Connected Lives Framework
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working and ability to work collaborative
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situation including staff and organisational problems.
  • Experience in providing carers groups


  • Experience of working with CAMHS
  • Experience and knowledge of working in a multi-ethnic community
  • Experience of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


3 Bowlers Green

Kingsley Green, Harper Lane

Radlett, Hertfordshire


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