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Community Mental Health Nurse + 6K Recruitment and Retention Premia

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
24 May 2024

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has risen for the post of a Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurse within East & South East Hertfordshire Adult Services .

You will be required to take responsibility for the assessment of care needs, and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for a defined caseload under the supervision of a designated senior member of the team.

You will initially work closely with their supervisor assisting with their caseload and undertaking defined activities for service users to ensure that the care plan is met at all times.

You will gradually build up to a full caseload and will act as care co-ordinator to a case load of service users working as a member of the multi-disciplinary team working in collaboration with internal and external partners and agents.

You will be required to prioritise attendance at all training, attend supervision and apply reflective practice continuously to enable learning needs to be identified and met.

To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

As a staff member you are representatives of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and play a vital role in fostering positive relationships and communication between the Mental Health Trust and not only the service users and their carers and relatives, but also other agencies, charities and providers

Main duties of the job

You 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.

Partake in clinical and management supervisionRecruitment & Retention Payment

This post attracts the R & R Premia. The payment will be made as follows: �1,500 on commencement of employment and a further �1,500 in arrears at the end of the first six months, followed by �3,000 in arrears at the end of 12 months. Terms & Conditions apply

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

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 assessments, initially under close supervision. Develop, implement, evaluate and document specialist care.

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 centered 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 centered 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, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Care Act including their uses in non-mental health areas.

For a more detailed Job and Person Specification please read attached documents before applying

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse ( Mental Health/Learning Disability)
  • Working knowledge of mental health legislation including Care Act, MHA, Mental Capacity, DOLS etc
  • Experience with medication administration



  • Completion of preceptorship period
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • Experience of: - ward based nursing - community based nursing - working with enduring mental health clients - working with older adults with mental health conditions
  • Experience of managing other staff



  • Good level of written English and Maths 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



  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Framework, National Dementia Strategy, Care Programme Approach etc
  • Able to manage day to day issues.
  • Understand the importance of other agencies in making project work

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Holly Lodge

45 Church Lane



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