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ARMS Practitioner (Social Worker/ Nurse/OT) At Risk Mental State

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
37.5 hours per week
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Saffron Ground
£33,706 - £40,588 Per annum pro rata
Salary period
01/02/2023 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

We are excited to announce that with the new mental health transformation funding we will be launching a service aimed at identifying and supporting individuals who are vulnerable to developing psychosis (At Risk Mental State). The ARMS team is a preventative mental health team support young people aged 16-35 years old. It is a psychologically led service designed to prevent or delay the transition to psychosis.

This newly commissioned service is looking to recruit a ARMS Practitioner (qualified social worker/ mental health nurse/ OT). We are looking for someone with a passion for preventative mental health, who is dynamic, and driven to develop mental health services. The successful candidate will be working in East & North Hertfordshire and based in Stevenage.

The ARMS Team will offer NICE recommended interventions, the ARMS Practitioner will be an integral part of the ARMS multi-disciplinary team. The teams will work in a mini team format and will include a ARMS Practitioner and STaR worker. The ARMS Practitioner will be leading on specialist assessments using the CAARMS (Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental State) tool. Alongside providing specialised and tailored interventions and will help coordinate the individual’s care.

Main duties of the job


As a psychologically led service you will work closely with the CBT therapists and psychologists to formulate individual’s care, to provide an effective multidisciplinary team approach. The ARMS service will also work alongside the PATH Team (Early Intervention in Psychosis Service) to ensure active, accessible care for the individuals. We will maintain links with other services in HPFT and the wider community.

Delivering the ARMS pathway will give professionals the chance to develop and shape ways of working. Our vision is to work flexibly and creatively with individuals to be able to achieve their goals, and incite self-reliance and independence, whilst supporting to help build their lives. You’ll be working with people who come with a variety of needs, at various stages of their mental health journey and recovery.

You’ll work with a team who have specialist knowledge, experience, and skills around ARMS. You will have access to a comprehensive internal training package to develop these skills in your first year. You’ll be offered a structured induction programme, giving you access to ARMS and psychosis learning and development opportunities to give you the confidence and skills to start delivering the ARMS pathway to our service users.

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’ 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…”

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Job Summary:
The post holder will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary Team,
will be responsible for the clinical and operational day to day service
delivery, providing a high quality care service to 16-35 year old at risk
of developing psychosis.

The core functions are to participate in initial assessment of people
using a Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental State Tool
(CAARMS) to determine appropriateness for ARMS service. The team
will work alongside the referring teams to identify alternative services as
appropriate to meet the person’s needs.

Once an individual has been accepted onto the ARMS pathway, the
post holder will be involved in a detailed assessment period exploring
the bio-psycho-social elements of the individual. The assessment period
will also include engaging with carers and support network, alongside
initial psychoeducation surrounding the ARMS ethos.

The post holder will be involved within psychology formulation to identify
clear goals and care planning. The ARMS team are using new, dynamic
tools including QPR and DIALOG questionnaires which will inform the
joint care planning.

The role will include understanding and delivering low intensity
psychological interventions to support individuals. Employment and
vocational support, alongside signposting individual’s to tailored
services. The postholder will also engage with joint working with
professionals, and work with individual’s carers and support network to
manage risk and support the individual’s mental health needs.
The post holder will also be expected to deliver connected lives.
Connected Lives is Hertfordshire’s whole service approach to
community practice, personalised enablement, and new models of
commissioning for social care. Bringing together practitioners,
commissioners, and providers, it will support the transformation of our
service delivery. It is underpinned by the core concepts of the Care Act
2014, ensuring community opportunities, citizenship, and personalised
outcomes. Developed and launched by Hertfordshire County Council in
2017, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is now
introducing Connected Lives as its model for social care practice across
all adult services.

The model itself sets out standards, principles and approaches for staff
delivering services. It places more emphasis on prevention and
enablement and supporting people to live the life they want. It can be
applied to every area of work, from frontline social work, to systems,
leadership, and commissioning. As a member of the ARMS mini team
you will be responsible for championing the model, and advocating its
principles to members of the multi-disciplinary team. You will hold a key
role in providing social care assessments and commissioned packages of care, and will ensure that your practice ensures the service is meeting
its statutory social care functions as described in the Care Act 2014.

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

You are responsible for supervision, development and teaching of
junior staff and/or students as delegated by the team manager.

HPFT offers a wide variety of competitive employee benefits including access to a range of salary sacrifice schemes and discounts, a lease car scheme AND Excellent pension provision with up to 42 days leave per year. You will also be working in a beautiful and rural part of Hertfordshire with great travel links to London and Cambridge.

A valid UK driving license plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential.

Full time / part time and flexible working requests will be considered.

If you are enthusiastic, self-motivating with a commitment to delivering high quality service user care we would like to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact: Eleanor Atkins; Team Leader; 07971 992 007

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Education to degree level or Academic qualifications equivalent (Diploma/Degree in in Mental Health Nursing /Social Work / Occupational Therapy)
  • Registration with NMC/ HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • Advance Training in mental health
  • Approved Mental Health Professional/Best Interest Assessment training


Essential criteria
  • At least 2 years of post- registration experience with at least one year at Band 5.
  • Experience of working in acute or community mental health inpatient/day care services
  • Experience of working in situations of crisis and emotionally demanding environments.
  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding process; dealing with family breakdown; serious mental ill health and risk of self- harm.
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Knowledge of legislation, theory and policy in relation to relevant care group
  • Experience of undertaking assessments, focussed as personalisation, choice and control, and care planning
  • Understanding and experience of working within the Connected Lives Framework
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working and ability to work collaborative
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situation including; staff and organisational problems.
  • Experience in providing carers groups
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with CAMHS
  • Experience and knowledge of working in a multi-ethnic community
  • Experience of partnership working with service users and carers, demonstrating dignity and respect

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

Eleanor Atkins
Job title
ARMS Team Leader
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Denise Gruenstein