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Community Mental Health Practitioner - Placements

Band 6

Main area
Adult Community Mental Health
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Colne House,
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary,
Salary period
03/02/2023 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

To act as care coordinator for those service users settled in placements in south west Hertfordshire who require an annual review of their care .

Acting as a point of contact fro care providers 

Acting as a point of contact to the HPFT placement service 

Supervising a Band 4 STaR worker dedicated to providing support to those in Community placements 

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a motivated and skilled mental health practitioner to join the Adult Community Mental Health services  in a specialist post as a placement care coordinator for service users in funded social care and health placements for the South West quadrant of Hertfordshire.

You will need to have a good understanding of social care and the Care Act. The post holder will have the ability to assess need and commission packages of care to promote strength based interventions with a focus on the Recovery model.

The Post holder will work with a Support Time and Recovery worker as part of the Adult Community Mental health staff team and  liaise closely with key staff members in the Continuing Care and Placement Service. You will need to coordinate annual placement reviews and respond as and when required to change in service user need. Additionally, you will develop and foster good relationships with placement providers and the Adult Community Mental Health Service and work alongside them to promote and deliver the Connected Lives Programme.



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

  • The post holder will require a professional registration for social work, nursing or occupational therapy to undertake this role and to act within the appropriate professional code of conduct at all times.
  • The post holder will act as the Care coordinator for service users in funded social care and health placements.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for ensuring that an individualised comprehensive assessment and Care Management service is effectively delivered in line with operational and service delivery requirements.
  • Responsibilities include the clinical and operational supervision of Support Time and Recovery staff and students as delegated by the team manager.
  • You will lead for delivering a quality service that is effective and efficient in line with the organisations objectives and performance indicators.
  • You will contribute to strategic service development, working collaboratively with other agencies.
  • You will work co-productively with service users in placements with complex health presentations, promoting their recovery and developing their support plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.
  • The post holder will work in partnership with Health and social care professionals from other agencies and organisations
  • The post holder will work at all times to promote the safety and the wellbeing of service users and their families/carers.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RMN or Dip/Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing Or HCPC Registered Social Worker / occupational Therapist
  • Training in principles and application of outcome focused assessments and personalisation
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of metentorship /preceptorship Course/ENB equivalent, or intention to complete

Experience and Attainments

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post
  • At least 2 years of post registration experience with at least one year at Band 5 or equivalent
  • Experience of working in mental health Community/day care/ Crisis assessment home treatment teams services
  • Experience of working in situations of crisis and emotionally demanding environments
  • Experience and knowledge of safeguarding process
  • Experience of commissioning social care packages
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems in a community setting.


Essential criteria
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues, strategic frameworks and current guidelines regarding the range of presenting problems in adult mental health, their implications for both practices and clinical management
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Clinical risk assessment and management in a community setting.
  • Experience and knowledge of applying the Care Act in practice
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Physical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Car driver assential, or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • Computer literacy

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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Nicola Ballingall-Hardy
Job title
Service Line lead
Email address
Telephone number
01923 837000
Additional information

Nicola Ballingall