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Discharge & Assess Mental Health Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Nurse to bring their expertise into the teams that support Hertfordshire residents following discharge from the district general hospital (Lister Hospital, Stevenage, and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow).

Main duties of the job

You will be employed by Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP), but will primarily work within the Discharge to Assess and Post Hospital Review Teams to:
  • Provide mental health assessment, and risk assessment (to people in Discharge to Assess beds, or open to the Post Hospital Review Team)
  • Provide support, advice and guidance to the Discharge to Assess and Rapid Response Teams, and to the Post Hospital Review Team
  • Support the Discharge to Assess Single Point of Access
  • Support ward staff at the district general hospital with risk assessment, risk management, and positive risk taking where people are under 1-1 observations
  • Review people for MHSOP who have previously been seen by Mental Health Liaison, who are now in a Discharge to Assess bed.

As part of MHSOP you will have access to the supervision, support and training that we offer, but as part of the Discharge to Assess and Post Hospital Review Teams, you will also develop your knowledge and skills in physical health and social care.

This really is an exciting opportunity to work in an integrated way, not only across the organisations that provide Physical and Mental Health as well as with Social Care but also across a number of sites - for example district general hospital, Nursing and Residential Homes, community health buildings and in people's own homes.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental 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 post holder is required to take responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards of care and management of a defined caseload, including liaison with other agencies and, where appropriate, the supervision, development and teaching of staff and/or students. The post holder will hold a case load of service users, ensuring the care plan is met at all times. To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

As a staff member you are representatives of Hertfordshire Partnership 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.

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

Job Responsibilities:

The post holder will:
  • Be responsible for the full assessment of care needs and risk assessment of service users presenting with a wide variety of clinical conditions following discharge from hospital. Following this the post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without direct supervision (though clinical supervision is implemented as per policy to support you).
  • To be named clinician, and act accordingly when applying care.
  • To manage one self in a professional manner, responding to requests, enquiries etc in a timely fashion.
  • 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.
  • Administer and/ or supervise medications as required. To have a sound knowledge of medications and their desired and undesired effects,
  • Be required to provide education, advise and guidance to service users and their carers and families.
  • Provide a range of clinical interventions and treatments appropriate to

the individuals needs.
  • Participate fully in providing quality care in line with local and national guidelines.
  • Act as a role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems.
  • Participate in audit/research projects associated with the service.
  • Be required to challenge practice that compromises or challenges high quality care to older people
  • To advise Team Manager of any resource short falls.
  • To partake in continuing professional development that will also benefit the development and quality of the service.
  • Remain updated with local and national guidelines and policies.
  • Partake in home visits with other professionals such as Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialty Doctors, Social Workers, community Matrons, Occupational Therapists etc
  • Partake in clinical and management supervision

Person Specification



  • Degree, diploma or equivelent in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing
  • Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mentorship Preparation Course.
  • Two years post registration experience, with at least one year post registration experience in Adult Mental Health Care.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Care Programme Approach etc)
  • Ability to manage distressing and challenging situations


  • Physical healthcare training/knowledge
  • Experience of working with clients with Delirium
  • Experience of working in primary care
  • Tier 2 Dementia training

Communication Skills


  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to feedback and discuss cases within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community

Analytical Skills


  • Good range of problem solving skills
  • Good range of information gathering skills
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Fine attention to detail

Physical Skills


  • Computer literacy skills in order to enter data onto electronic client records
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • Ability to complete tasks associated with the job (subject to occupational Health)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Lister Hospital and various sites

Coreys Mill Lane



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