Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT)
We believe that great care is delivered by great people, every day. People who have the right skills and values, leaders who involve and empower, and a workplace where people grow, thrive and succeed.
To attract and retain the best staff, we know that as well as a salary that matches your level of responsibility and experience, you will want opportunities to develop your career and continue your professional development. But you’ll also want to be part of an organisation that values its staff and looks after you.
We are rated 'Outstanding’ by the CQC, who also praised our staff for their motivated and caring approach to their work. You can read the report here.
HPFT Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services
HPFT provides IAPT services across 7 teams in Hertfordshire and North Essex supporting around 40,000 adults every year to manage their common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression.
The Wellbeing Team covers Hertfordshire, with the main bases being Hemel Hempstead (Dacorum and St Albans), Watford (Three Rivers and Hertsmere), Stevenage (Stevenage and North Herts) and Welwyn (Welwyn and Hatfield).
The North Essex IAPT Services cover North Essex, with the main bases being Harlow (Epping Forest and Uttlesford), Braintree (Chelmsford and Maldon) and Colchester (Tendring).
Our service has over 300 staff including PWPs, High Intensity Therapists, Psychologists, Mental Health Support Workers, Managers and Administrators.
We pride ourselves on the support we offer to staff and provide an extensive programme of CPD for all our clinicians, with an annual Showcasing Conference to celebrate best practice.
Our services are focused on delivering high quality therapy, and are one of the highest performers in the East of England, with high recovery rates exceeding the national target of 50% and high levels of patient satisfaction.
We deliver a wide range of digital based interventions including traditional telephone therapy, online guided self-help packages, and therapy via videoconferencing software for individuals and groups.
We also deliver a range of interventions to support people who are also living with a long-term condition in conjunction with a range of physical health providers.
The Wellbeing Team was one of the first IAPT services in the UK to achieve accreditation status with the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS) and was closely followed by the Mid Essex and North East Essex services. As well as identifying and acknowledging services that have high standards, APPTS, a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement and the British Psychological Society, provides a network through which best practice can be shared. This is a fantastic achievement which provides recognition nationally as a high quality service.
Our most important value is delivering clinical quality with individuals and teams supported to deliver the highest standard of patient care and experience.
Innovation is encouraged. Individuals and teams are expected to pursue areas of interest, leading on projects, developing expertise and championing new initiatives.
Alongside mandatory training, we are also committed to offering continuous professional development with events offered throughout the year.
We understand that working within IAPT can be challenging. Across our IAPT services there is an emphasis on improving staff wellbeing, staff satisfaction and staff engagement.
We view our services as a beacon of excellence. Every 18 months we hold a conference for our IAPT Services which provides an opportunity to highlight excellent work and allows expertise and learning to be shared.
We are committed to APPTS accreditation with all services either accredited or working towards accreditation.