Job Description

This vacancy is suitable for a newly qualified social worker, occupational therapist or mental health nurse with experience in the field of mental health. We would support with Preceptorship, ASYE or SFYP

We would love you to join our team in the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service – PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire). Our service users are people experiencing psychosis for the first time and we are committed to delivering personalised and meaningful care.

The role will be working in the North West of Hertfordshire in a specified geographical area, based in Hemel Hempstead.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in full time, part time, job sharing. We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Our standalone Early Intervention in Psychosis Service provides a clear First Episode Psychosis pathway based on the NICE guidance for psychosis, providing evidence based interventions to enable our service users to recover and build meaningful lives.

This is a great opportunity for you to make a major difference to the quality of care and support received by those with First Episode Psychosis and their families, and to greatly improve their ability to recover and go on to lead full, hopeful and productive lives.

Our Early Intervention in Psychosis Service supports people across a whole range of health and social care needs including delivery of psychological interventions such as CBT and Family Interventions, housing, benefits and employment and vocational support. Carer support and social care support through the Connected Lives framework is also an essential part of this role. You will provide the essential clinical skills to deliver the recovery framework, embracing choice and control for all our service users.

As a band 5 practitioner, you will work in a mini team which will be led by a band 6 care co-ordinator. This will provide you with a support network that will to enable you to grow your skills and provides a clear career pathway to follow once you are ready to progress to the next stage. Your mini team will also include a band 4 STaR worker, giving you the opportunity to further enhance your team working skills.

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…

All nurses must be registered with the NMC. All Social Workers must be registered with Social Work England. OT’s must be registered with HCPC.

The FEP/EIP Social Worker/Mental Health Nurse/OT will be an active member of a unique mini team model, supporting the care coordinator in planning and delivering a care plan and wider multi-disciplinary team. They will work in close co-operation with hospital based, primary care-based professionals, other community agencies such as Housing, Probation, Police, Substance misuse, Children Schools & Families and Voluntary Agencies.

The FEP/EIP Social Worker/Mental Health Nurse/OT will be responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for a defined caseload of people with first episode psychosis and and maintaining associated records. The core functions are to undertake integrated health and social care assessments, supporting the care coordinator in delivering a care plan within a framework of recovery which embraces each individual’s right to choose and control. Ensuring that carers are effectively assessed and supported is a key component of this role. The role requires skills in assessing, planning, organising, reviewing and delivering recovery oriented and evidence-based interventions to support the recovery of service users, as agreed with supervising clinician(s). This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards. The post holder will utilise their skills and knowledge to undertake assessments, identify desired social care outcomes and carry out treatment both in inpatient areas and community areas as appropriate.

Any other duties commensurate with the grade which may be required to enable effective and efficient running of the service.

We are proud of our strong multi-disciplinary ethos within our services and have robust clinical supervision, workload management and Continuing Professional Development structures in place.

For a detailed Job and Person Specification please read attached before applying


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