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Senior Practitioner - Mental Health - Care Leavers

Band 7

Main area
Social Work
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Rosanne House
Welwyn Garden City
£41,659 - £47,672 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
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

Working in partnership with the Local Authority, we have an innovative and exciting opportunity to work with young people leaving care with co-existing enduring mental health concerns.

These are new posts in the Hertfordshire Care Leaver support system, and recognise  that young people leaving care have needs which are often complex.  These posts will provide dedicated time to work across agencies in support of the young people leaving care, to resolve interlinking issues affecting mental health.

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

You will work jointly across the Hertfordshire Care Leavers team and core mental health services appropriate to the personalised needs of the individual service user.  This may be mental health services for young adults 18 - 25 or specialist adult mental health services. based within the East South East Adult Community Services working closely with Adult Community Mental Health Services and our Corporate Safeguarding Team.

Applicants will have experience of mentoring or supervising colleagues which will be applied to developing the understanding of multi-agency colleagues in both the complex needs of young people leaving care, and the provision of personalised care and support for mental health needs.

The post holder will have the ability to make decisions where situations are complex and, in doing so, use a person centred approach to develop personalised solutions for young people, within their individual networks.

The post holder will be confident in the assessment of social care outcomes and consideration of the use of existing and preventative resources, as well as commissioning of social care.

Applicants should also have experience of undertaking Safeguarding Adults enquiries and a good working knowledge of social care and safeguarding duties under the Care Act 2014.


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

  1. To be a champion of mental health social and health care with a comprehensive understanding of legislation and statutory guidance.
  2. To keep up to date with accurate, consistent, and robust mental health social and health care, legal and practice advice, and support to locality staff.
  3. To undertake the most complex assessments and reviews, for a caseload of young people, preparing to leave statutory care, who may present with a high risk, or those with significant interpersonal, social, legal and/or environmental complexities, ensuring people are assessed appropriately against social care eligibility criteria as defined by The Care Act 2014.
  4. To offer direct support to service users and their carers, and to colleagues, through information and advice, to ensure that those who do not meet social care eligibility are appropriately signposted and supported.
  5. To ensure that appropriate health and social care services are commissioned with and on behalf of service users, including the duty to offer direct payments, and that processes are in place for service users to be charged by the local authority for the social care services they receive, if applicable.
  6. To ensure that commissioned services allow choice to service users and carers and focus on people living in the community with appropriate support and access to universal services.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered mental health professional appropriate to the job role (nursing, OT, SW)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of metentorship /preceptorship Course/ENB equivalent, or intention to complete
  • Approved Mental Health Practitioner
  • Practice Educator Qualification
  • Best Interest Assessor practitioner


Essential criteria
  • Works with vulnerable adults and or children within a health and social care setting
  • Involvement in multi-agency work
  • Experience of student supervision
  • Applied use of Social Care & Health Care legislation
  • Finds innovative solutions to meet identified needs of service users Safeguarding processes and investigations
  • Ability to reflect on experiences to enhance and inform own practice and decision making
Desirable criteria
  • Applied use of at least one of the following of Mental capacity Act; Mental Health Act; care Management; Continuing Health Care, Care Programme Approach
  • Experience of Staff supervision & development planning


Essential criteria
  • Adult Social care and legislation, strategies and guidance relevant to the post
  • Safeguarding statutory responsibilities, including Making Safeguarding Personal
  • Risk management and positive risk taking
  • Human rights legislation and how these laws protect the rights of adults
  • The integration agenda - Working as part of a multi -disciplinary /multi - agency team
  • The personalisation agenda and applying creative problem solving to maximise independence
  • Exceptional communication & interpersonal skills with individuals, families, groups, staff
  • Strong IT skills; reporting, recording, written
  • Ability to assess and record eligible and non -eligible needs, drawing on evidence based practice to inform your response
  • Acts in a self -directed, proactive way to identify / develop opportunities ideas & innovation
  • Mentors, coaches, supports and supervises other social work staff to be accountable, proactive, innovative, autonomous and to enhance performance
  • Actively and creatively develops team members’ capabilities in line with service objectives and professional standards


Essential criteria
  • Analytically interprets research, audits, case law and present to colleagues in an accessible way to inform practice.
  • Work within the spheres of own professional responsibilities and escalate clinical and operational concerns to senior clinical and operational management in a timely way as and when required

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Isabel Worsley
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Senior Service Line Lead
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