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Crisis Function Mental Health Nurse

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Crisis Function team is looking for an experienced clinician working with service users at various phases of their mental health. Passionate about making a difference for individuals and their carer's during their personal journey. Ambitious to work within this challenging role, in a challenging environment, with real scope to develop and influence practice.The post holder does not carry any care coordinator to a case load of service users, but requires you to ensure the care plan is met and updated 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 Trust's Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Main duties of the job

Providing urgent assessments to those considered to have acute mental health concerns and to robust home treatment options as an alternative to hospital admission.

A role that is varied and challenging, offering an opportunity to work in a variety of settings, with people with a variety of mental health needs.

As gatekeepers for hospital admission, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide safe and effective treatment in the community, and facilitate early discharges from the acute inpatient units.

Working collaboratively with our service users, their carer's and our colleagues to positively manage risk in the acute care pathway, whilst enabling and empowering an individuals' recovery journey

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

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

Demonstrate a working understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care, in particular having a good knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983) and its use in non-mental health areas.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organization 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?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

As the post holder will be working within the community under the crisis function team. Building and maintain positive relationships with individuals and agencies is crucial for effective collaboration and success in the post holder role. Clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative mindset as a key component in fostering positive connections with other agencies, including carers and service user's.

These relationships are vital and team members should bear in mind that they will be representing HPFT and the values they hold. Post holder will build relationships with other parts of HPFT notably SMHTOP, EMDASS as well as Hertfordshire County Councils Health and Community Services.

The post holder is required to take responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programs of care and the setting of standards of care and management of a defined CFT caseload, including working alongside the bed management and Mental Health liaison team to prevent admission to the ward. Staff supervision, development and teaching of staff and/or students. To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

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

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)
  • Experience working with persons with Personality Disorder
  • Experience working with person with Dementia


  • Pre or Post registration training/ short courses in mental health
  • Community and InPatient nursing experience
  • Supervision skills
  • Successful completion of Intensive Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • AMHP qualification

Communication Skills


  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed.

Physical Skills


  • Computer literacy skills in order to enter data onto electronic client records.
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)



  • Good range of problem solving skills.
  • Good range of information gathering skills.
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Fine attention to detail.
  • Maintaining a positive, non - judgemental attitude and therapeutic optimism towards working with people with personality disorder.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Saffron Ground

Ditchmore Lane



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