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SW CRHTT -Community Mental Health Nurse- Band 6

Band 6

Main area
Mental Health Service
Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (pro rata)
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SW Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum pro rata
Salary period
07/02/2023 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 looking for an experienced mental health nurse to join our busy and dynamic Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) based in Watford, West Hertfordshire.

You will be:

  • 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.

Main duties of the job

The role:

  • 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.

The Team:

  • Exceptional service in an organisation with big ambitions.
  • We are a team looking for enthusiastic clinicians that are positive about leading future change and development, to ensure the highest standards of care are available to our service users.
  • As a University Trust, we have close links to the University of Hertfordshire, and our team have optimised this opportunity in providing excellent learning and development opportunities to our staff.

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

For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RMN or Dip/Bsc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing
Desirable criteria
  • ENB 812/Bsc in Specialist Community Nursing Practice (Mental Health).
  • ENB 998/Preceptorship and Mentorship


Essential criteria
  • At least 2 years post-registration experience with at least one year at band 6
  • Experience in acute and community areas.
  • Experience in care planning, change management and use of Microsoft Office
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Knowledge of physical health contributions to Mental Health issues, difficulties and assessment
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in working with acute mental health problems in community setting

Job-related aptitude and skills

Essential criteria
  • An understanding of the needs of people with acute mental health problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multi- professional team.
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community and use own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassuring skills are required
  • A good team player
  • Ability to deal with distressing circumstances and challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of risk assessment in an acute / community setting.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting.
  • Ability to cope with an unpredictable work pattern and frequent interruptions
  • Understanding of legal framework and social factors involved in community care.
  • Supervision skills.
  • Multi-professional working/case management
  • Ability to use computer skills for entering clinical notes on the electronic patient records, driving, utilise the keyboard to manipulate spreadsheets, etc., clinical skills
  • • Ability to deal with distressing circumstances and challenging behaviour.
  • ability to concentrate, frequency and consequences of interruptions. Include if the patient group has limited understanding or challenging behaviour
  • Experience with risk assessment in an acute / community setting
  • Ability to work well in a team setting.
  • Ability to cope with an unpredictable work pattern, deal with distressing or emotionally charged situations and frequent interruptions
  • Understanding of legal framework and social factors involved in community care
  • Supervision skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Specific clinical skills applicable in an acute community setting e.g. brief therapy, cognitive therapy, and anxiety management
  • Service development
  • Operational policy development.

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

Aiah Bondowa Tondoneh
Job title
Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
07785 561734