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Bank CPN/Social Worker/OT, Band 6, Radlett sw1200

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 a year p.a pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time
The post holder will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team providing a high quality of Care Co-ordination to Service Users between the ages of 16 and 65 (and their carers) who are experiencing or recovering from their first episode of psychosis.

The core function of the service is to provide specialist assessment of people thought to be experiencing their first psychotic episode and if appropriate, initiate and complete the 3 year pathway as directed by the NICE Guidelines. Integrated health and social care approaches will underpin practice as will care planning within a recovery framework. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake training in Family Intervention and deliver Family Interventions under supervision of a Psychologist as it forms an essential part of the NICE Guidelines.

The role requires skills in assessing, planning, organising, reviewing and delivering recovery oriented and evidence based interventions to support the recovery of service users. This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards. The post holder will utilise their skills and knowledge to undertake assessments, identify desired social care outcomes using the connected Lives assessment framework and carry out treatment both in inpatient areas and community areas as appropriate.

Any other duties commensurate with the grade which may be required to enable effective and efficient running of the service.

Main duties of the job

Clinical Duties

Be responsible for the assessment of health and social care needs and risk assessment of service users presenting with a wide variety of clinical conditions - including first episode psychosis. Following this the post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care. The post holder will also, where appropriate and in keeping with the social care eligibility criteria, enable the client or carer to access a personal budget to meet their needs.

Manage and supervise a 'mini-team' of a Band 4 & Band 5 to assist in the management of a caseload and delivery of the FEP pathway.

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.

Respond to any crisis that a patient may advise of, with the aim of promoting appropriate independent living in the community.

Act as a role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems.

Ensure that commissioned services allow choice to service users and carers, and focus on people living in the community with appropriate support and access to universal services.

Liaise and negotiate with other agencies e.g. Adult Care Services, Children Schools and Families, Benefit Agency, Housing Authorities, CGL, voluntary sector etc., for joint planning with, or on behalf of, service users.


About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

With a workforce of c. 3,000 and an annual income of c. �200m, the Trust is organised across three Strategic Business Units and provides integrated health and social care services through a large network of community and inpatient settings, serving diverse communities across Hertfordshire, Norfolk, North Essex and Buckinghamshire. As a university trust, HPFT continues to develop strong links with the University of Hertfordshire providing excellent learning and development opportunities, as well as strengthening our clinical research capability.

Whilst it is a challenging period for the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT. Building on the CQC ' Outstanding' rating given by the CQC in 2019, we remain on our Good to Great journey as we continue to innovate, improve, transform and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve.

To support us on this journey we are looking for an energetic, dynamic and ambitious individual to join our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibility:

The Care Co-ordinator will be responsible for management of an EIP caseload averaging 35 Service Users. They will receive regular supervision from the Team Leader and from a relevant Senior Social Worker within the Trust. With help from the multi-disciplinary team, they will be responsible for the delivery of recovery focused care and the 3 year FEP pathway as per NICE guidelines.

In addition to Job Responsibilities, the post holder will:

Carry out full mental health and social care assessments. Develop, implement, evaluate and document mental health care and desired social care outcomes. This will include frequent requirement for intense concentration.

Devise care plans that promote patients independent living in the community (the social care element of the role will be significant within the recovery care planning).

Complete risk assessments that are clear, concise and detail plans to safely manage any risks that are identified.

Keep abreast of changes to social care models and champion this within the PATH service alongside other Social Workers.

Use a variety of clinical skills appropriate to the needs of the individual and the clinical setting in which they are seen.

To provide ongoing interventions for people where assessment indicates this to be relevant to their needs.

Where indicated by assessment, to discharge with appropriate care provisions and follow-up, with future review dates booked as appropriate.

Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to Trust policies.

Work alongside current staff and colleagues to develop and promote the services philosophy, framework of care delivery and strategic objectives.

Contribute to Mental Health strategy discussions/steering groups when requested by senior management.

Work with current staff and colleagues to develop and demonstrate clinical expertise and high standards of mental health practice.

Deliver care that is person centred reflecting current best practice, and challenges practice that may be detrimental to people receiving high quality care.

Demonstrate appropriate understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Diploma/Degree in MH Nursing, OT or Social Work.
  • At least 1 year post-graduate experience in mental health services, preferably community based. Marginally less experience will be considered if experience is relevant and applicant can demonstrate required skills.



  • Experience of working with people with moderate to severe mental health problems including psychosis

Physical Skill


  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving) Ability to travel between sites when necessary for meetings and/or clinical sessions.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


3 Bowlers Green, Kingsley Green, Harper Lane, Radlett, WD7 9HQ

3 Bowlers Green, Kingsley Green, Harper Lane, Radlett, WD7 9HQ



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