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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/09/2020.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 367-EAN-3983

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health Practitioner
Apsley and County Hall, Hemel Hempstead & Hertford
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata

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 in the 'Further Links' section of this advert. 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 (If you are experiencing problems please call 01707 253878).

The Role

We are seeking two Mental Health Practitioners (1 full time equivalent and the other part time, 17.5 hours a week) who are motivated to help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Hertfordshire. The posts are based within the Family Safeguarding Service of Hertfordshire County Council (permanently seconded from HPFT) and would best suit an adult practitioner with some experience of assessing and working with parents with complex needs.

A first in the UK, our ground-breaking family safeguarding model will bring together all the professionals we need, under one roof, to provide intensive support to parents to address the substance misuse, mental health and domestic abuse that place children at risk of significant harm. An important focus of our project is to invest in training all team members to a high standard in motivational interviewing, to engage parents and children in conducting their own assessments of risk and change and to strengthen relationships as part of our everyday work.

Your role will be to deliver mental health screening risk and needs assessments in order to signpost service users to appropriate services to ensure that people who experience or perpetrate domestic abuse, abuse substances and have a mental health condition receive evidence-based treatments and interventions. You will be supported in this approach by specialist training and regular supervision.

You will join a team of Clinical/Counselling Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners delivering assessments and evidence based interventions and also work alongside a team of social workers and other professionals with parents and their children where there is high risk of severe parenting problems including maltreatment and neglect. You will join a dedicated and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team committed to developing the highest standards of clinical assessment and treatment for the most vulnerable infants, children and parents.

The post-holders will be based at Hertfordshire County Council offices. One part- time post (17.5 sessions) is bases at County Hall Hertfordshire covering East Hertfordshire. The other full time post is based at Hertfordshire County Council offices in Apsley, covering West and South Hertfordshire. Please indicate the post you are applying for on your application form.

This is an exciting opportunity for Mental Health Practitioners with an interest in this specialist field to contribute to the delivery and on-going development of our family assessment and safeguarding service.

Car Driver is essential.


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameDr Clare NorrisJob titleClinical PsychologistEmail number07342060119

About us

Work for an NHS trust that’s been rated as 'OUTSTANDING' by the CQC. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a successful provider of mental health and learning disability services with ambitions to be the leading provider in the country. We are already delivering services as far afield as Norfolk and North Essex as well as for the population of Hertfordshire. We are a Values Based organisation and our aim is to ensure that we deliver an experience that is consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional, because these are the Values that our service users, carers and staff told us meant the most to them. We are currently embarking on a major transformation programme that will change the way that we deliver our services. We are also delighted to be named in the top 100 list of the best places to work in the health service in 2014, which is due to the national staff survey results as well as our range of engagement activities, the diversity of our staff, support for employees with a disability or those who have suffered mental ill health themselves, and our training and development programmes.

Additional Information

HPFT is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community including users of mental health services.

The Trust is committed to helping staff balance work and home life and welcomes applications from candidates wishing to work part-time or under flexible working arrangements.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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