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Community Mental Health Nurse + 6K Recruitment and Retention Premia

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 max £2,011
Closing date
28 May 2024
We have opportunities for Band 6 Community Nurses in our welcoming and friendly Adult Community Mental Health Services in Holly Lodge in Cheshunt

We are looking for enthusiastic nurses to join our vibrant, friendly and supportive multi disciplinary team.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking for further development with their knowledge of nursing in a community setting.

You will be working closely with experienced colleagues in a multi-disciplinary team, alongside allied teams in the wider local mental health system, making a difference to the quality of our service user experience.

You will also benefit from a competitive salary, staff benefits package and excellent career development opportunities, regular supervision, and training that comes from working for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust .

Main duties of the job

You will be able to undertake assessments of needs of service users, working in partnership with service users and their families, to formulate Personalised care and support plans and risk assessments.

You will work with colleagues and allied resources to review the effectiveness of interventions and re-plan using evidence based interventions to best effect in partnership with the service user.

You will be involved in physical procedures including administration of oral and injectable medications, the storage and transportation of them, and the monitoring of people's physical responses to medications and physical health, such as blood pressure, glucose and weight monitoring.

Recruitment & 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 sixmonths, 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 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To carry a clinical caseload and act as the lead practitioner fulfilling the named nurse role for a group of service users. The post provides opportunities to specialize in different aspects of specialist mental health care.

To undertake comprehensive personalised care and support needs and risk assessments(including capacity assessments)

Where necessary to administer prescribed medication or to superviseits administration and assess the service user for desired and non-desired effects.

To maintain robust clinical records and prepare reports as required.

To be aware of and comply with the relevant mental health and workrelated legislation and policy at all times.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



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


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

Experience and Attainments


  • Experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post
  • Extensive Experience of post registration experience with at least one year at Band 5.
  • 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 and knowledge of working in a multi-ethnic community
  • Experience of delivering evidence based care


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



  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues, strategic frameworks and current guidelines regarding the range of presenting problems in adult mental health, their implications for both practices and clinical management
  • Professional Code of Conduct
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical risk assessment and management in a community setting.


  • Knowledge of parenting literature and its application
  • Ability to teach and train others using multi-media materials suitable for presentation.
  • Knowledge of current developments in research with service user group

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Skills to use and give supervision effectively
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment and treatment of individual, couples, and families requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in applying theory to practice and ability to use a range of models in formulating community care plans.
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multi-professional team
  • 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
  • Ability to cope with verbal abuse and to recognise and diffuse potential physical abuse from service users.
  • Ability to apply practice governance as appropriate to maintain ethical and effective clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Assessing and monitoring physical health care


  • Substantial IT skills

Communication and People Skills


  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an ageappropriate level - complex, technical, and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and professionals within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.

Organisational skills


  • Ability to maintain high standards of record keeping, including data entry and recording.
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals in accordance with professional, ethical guidelines and Trust policies.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Holly Lodge

45 Church Lane



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