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Charge Nurse - £500 per month incentive payment applies

Band 6

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Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Forest House Adolescent Unit
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,136 max £1,915
Salary period
06/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

This post attracts a recruitment and retention premia of £500 per month pro rata until 31 March 2023.

A unique opportunity has arisen for an exceptional CAMHS Band 6 Charge Nurse at Forest House Adolescent Unit.  

It is genuinely an exciting time to join the service, we have a brand-new work environment and dedicated high dependence beds.

We also have a new energized Service Line Lead and a new inspirational and approachable leader, our Head of CAMHS.

Additionally, we also have one of our former patients of Forest House Adolescent Unit who has been on the CAMHS Youth Council for five years, because of her experiences as a CAMHS patient, involvement and encouragement from Forest House Unit staff members, she has now completed training to become a mental health nurse. 

We would describe Forest House Adolescent Unit as a safe and welcoming place of work. Staff members are supported by the team and senior managers who are also prepared to invest their time in you. 

We have an exceptional level of support, training and rotation for development opportunities. We will help you enhance
your clinical skills through regular supervision and access to engage with the wider CAMHS network.

The successful candidate will receive up to £120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions. 

Main duties of the job

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 why not click on that apply button and join our family!

Forest House is a 16 bedded inpatient unit for 12-18 year olds suffering with emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems. The unit offers young people a 24-hour, 7 day a week service, assessing, treating and evaluating care through a variety of therapeutic techniques, family work, individual work, group work and the day-to-day milieu.

Main duties of the job

To act as the lead nurse / care co-ordinator for a group of young people within an inpatient setting. To be responsible for the assessment, planning, 
implementation and evaluation of nursing care within the multi-disciplinary team. This will include carrying responsibility for the assessment of needs of young people within the service ensuring the treatment and risk management plans are adhered to.

To act as the lead nurse and to be responsible for the provision of supervision both formal and informal of junior staff and support workers.
To work closely /maintain a good working relationship between Forest house and the Adolescent Outreach Team. 


Working for our organisation

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’ in 2019 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!



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

  • To support the Team Manager and Modern matron in ensuring that key clinical targets are achieved and improved upon, for example CPA and 7-day follow-up.
  • To work with clinical teams on performance improvement projects as 
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the clinical issues related to Service Users.
  • To use Care Notes and COGNOS as to ensure Forest House meets 
    relevant targets.
  • To lead and uphold health & safety and infection control standards within the unit.
  •  To provide clinical and managerial supervision to junior members of staff.
  • To participate in clinical and management supervision.
  • To lead and coordinate delivery of care to young people.
  •  To support and ensure treatment plans are followed and reviewed 
  • To follow the Trust policies on administering medication
  • To act as CPA coordinator
  • To liaise closely with the unit Housekeeper and other food suppliers in order to ensure the unit at all times has adequate food relevant to 
    individuals re-feeding programmes.
  • To coordinate and participate in clinical audits.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • At least 2 years experience at Band 5, with 1 year in CAMHS
  • Registered Nurse Mental Heath or RSCN
  • Ability to run groups
  • Ability to plan, implement and carry out nursing care
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act
  • Awareness of Child Protection
  • Relevant Clinical knowledge
  • A working knowledge of child development and adolescents
  • Up to date working knowledge of child and family problems and disorders
  • Emphatic interviewing and counselling skills
  • Experience of working with children, adolescents, family and carers
  • Ability to manage staff
  • Previous experience of managing and supervising junior staff (including those from other professional backgrounds)
  • An understanding of the complex nature of eating disorders and associated difficulties.
  • Ability to monitor and manage adolescents with eating disorders
  • Ability to support and nurse junior staff when dealing with complex eating disorders.


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with others
  • Ability to think clearly and express self
  • Ability to assess reports and clinical information and provide clear and concise information tailored for different audiences


Essential criteria
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of psychiatric/mental health diagnosis and treatments

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Garikayi Teera
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Service Line Lead
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Additional information

For any informal visits or further information about the team or role, please do not hesitate to contact Garikayi Teera (Service Line Lead) who will be happy to chat to you.