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Registered Nurse - Physical Health Team SMI

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within in Essex to be part of a new Physical Health Team providing services to people with Severe Mental Illness. HPFT are looking for a Registered Nurse with a passion for improving the physical health and wellbeing of people with mental health difficulties, within the local community.

This post will join a range of new roles within in primary care and will be a core feature of delivering excellent care to people in the local community. This post is an ideal opportunity for those looking to take the next steps in their career and applications from nurses working at band 5 whom are looking for career progression are encouraged.

In return we offer structured supervision, access to training and development as part of your own personal development and support plan. This is your chance to be part of a friendly and supportive team environment within an organisation, which is well known for its expertise and outstanding clinical services.

At HPFT we view our staff as our most important resource and offer:
  • Athorough induction to your role and team
  • A regular, high quality supervision
  • Access to senior nursing for promoting professional development
  • Arange of developmental opportunities to support you to grow in your profession and your practice
  • The opportunity to apply to work flexibly so that you can balance your work with your life outside work
  • High quality appraisals and personalised development plans

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work alongside primary care under the clinical supervision and oversight of the team leader, service manager, senior service line lead and other nursing professionals.

The primary responsibility for this post is to provide a comprehensive and systematic annual health check to those on the Severe and Enduring Mental illness register (SMI) and provide nursing support and clinical expertise for the physical health team, developing working partnerships with primary care and ensuring best practice within mental health and physical health promotion.

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.

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

Please see documents attached for full job description and person specification. For further information about this role please contact Rowena Stone as below.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Nurse - mental health/learning disability or general adult
  • Evidence of relevant CPD e.g Mentorship


  • 3 Years post qualifying experience

Physical Skills


  • Car driver (Unless you have a disability as defined by the equality act 2012 which prevents you from driving
  • Physically fit and able to successfully complete a prevention and management of aggression training course, and basic life support.

Communication Skills


  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassuring skills are required.
  • Keeps accurate and complete records and communication consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multi-professional team
  • Excellent communicator demonstrates good verbal presentation skills and ability to share knowledge and skills with others.
  • De-escalation in managing verbal aggression or disturbed service users.



  • Detailed awareness of relevant evidence base relating to physical health in SMI population - The Lester Tool, Doh Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems: Actions for mental health nurses.
  • Experience and skills in management of stressful situations ensuring recognition and support to staff and service users
  • Detailed awareness of legislation and governance relating to mental health - CQC, DoH, MHA, MCA, NHS Long Term Plan, NICE, safeguarding and The Care Act 2014.
  • Knowledge of the stigma and discrimination faced by people with severe mental illness, learning disability and understanding of the impact of wider health inequalities


  • Experience of working in clinic type settings, e.g Clozapine, Depot/LAI or physical health.
  • Experience in supervision of junior staff, ensuring service priorities are met

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Tekhnicon House

Springwood Drive



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