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Community Mental Health Nurse + recruitment and retention premia added

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

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.

Successful candidates 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.

Successful candidates 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 .

Should you feel like you are not quite ready to apply for band 6? why not submit your application anyway as we have a number of band 5 to 6 development posts across our Adult Community sites.

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

Main duties of the job

The post holder 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.

The post holder 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.

The post holder 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.

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?

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


  • ENB812/Bsc in Specialist Community Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
  • Psychosocial interventions



  • Experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post
  • At least 2 years of post registration experience with a 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



  • Professional Code of Conduct
  • Assessing and monitoring physical health care
  • Skills to use and give supervision effectively
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals in accordance with professional, ethical guidelines and Trust policies


  • Ability to teach and train others using multimedia materials suitable for presentation
  • Knowledge of current development in research with service user group
  • Substantial IT skills



  • 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 abuse from service users
  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an age appropriate level complex, technical, and/or clinically sensitive information to service users their families, cares and professionals within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries
  • Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals



  • 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
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical risk assessment and management in a community setting
  • Ability to teach and train others using multi - media materials suitable for presentation
  • Knowledge of current developments in research with service user group
  • Skills in applying theory to practice and ability to use a range of models in formulating community care plans


  • Knowledge of parenting literature and its application

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Oxford House

London Road

Bishop's Stortford

CM23 3LA

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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