HPFT- Opportunity to display your artwork.


Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is looking for more art, by people with a lived experience of mental health services, for our buildings in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties.

Do you know anyone that might want to apply or can you help by displaying or forwarding the attached detail? We would be very grateful for your help. Feedback we've received from artists that have had their work selected, framed and displayed has been very positive.

There is an application process and we particularly want to receive applications from:

- people that haven’t applied to us before

- people that may have applied before but have no or few pieces in our art collection

- children and young people

Please click here for the application form. Any questions please let me know. Thank you for your help.

Kind regards,

Katie Tyssen

Provision of Visual Arts for HPFT

07887 778449


Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust c/o Facilities & Capital Planning

15 Forest Lane

Harper Lane

Kingsley Green


Herts WD7 9HQ

As part of our commitment to improving our services, we’ve made it easier to get help and advice about our mental health and learning disability services. Calling 0300 777 0707 gives you direct access to mental health professionals and ensures everyone gets effective and consistent support. Find out more on http://www.hertspartsft.nhs.uk

Public Board Meeting Herfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust – Public Board and Committee Dates

Public Meetings held in Da Vinci B+C

The Colonnades

Beaconsfield Close

Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 8YE

Meetings start at 9.00am and end at 1:30pm

Public Meeting Dates:

28th January 2016

28th April 2016

28th July 2016

27th October 2016

Tom Cahill to attend Viewpoint Forum - 24 August

If you have a mental health problem and see a GP or use mental health services and live in South East Herts, you are invited to a meeting on 24th August.

Our guest speaker is Tom Cahill, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT). This is an opportunity for service users to ask questions about local mental health services provided by HPFT, give feedback and to hear about plans for the delivery of services in the future.

The meeting will be run by Jacqui Deakin of Viewpoint, a mental health and drug and alcohol charity which empowers people to have a say about their services and monitor their development.

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid and tea and coffee will be available.

For more information, contact Jacqui Deakin at Viewpoint, 56 Bridge Rd East, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1JU.

01707 328014

0795 2049398

Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust – Carer’s wanted for recruitment

Dear all,

 As part of our ongoing work to implement the Care Act 2014, we are developing a number of new posts – as a trial – that will have dedicated responsibility for carer support and services within front line teams.  In total we will be looking to recruit, hopefully, to nine posts of different types to increase the amount of support we are able to provide carers moving forward.

We are looking for carer representatives who may be interested in being part of recruitment panels taking place on 22nd and 24th July (full days).  If any of you are interested in being involved with these panels can you please contact involvement@hpft.nhs.uk to express your interest?

 Kind regards

 James Holland

Customer Inclusion & Engagement Team Manager

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

07770 701543
Eric Shepherd Unit, Woodside Rd, Abbots Langley, Herts WD5 0HT

Hertfordshire Recovery Conference - Help choose the theme

We are the group planning and organising this year’s Recovery Conference – we are HPFT staff, third sector partners, service users and carer reps.


We would really value your feedback on possible themes and focus for this year’s conference.  All these topics would be developed with service users, carers and staff in mind.


Please select your first three preferences below in order of preference (i.e. 1 in the box for your first preference, 2 for your second preference, etc.)  Please feel welcome to add in any suggested topics or themes that you wish.  



Ranking 1-3

Proposed themes



Theme 1- Recovery oriented care planning (focus on how we work together to ensure a plan of care which both the staff member and the person who uses the services develop and agree together, as well as ensure we develop the principles of ‘Think Local, Act Personal’ focus on improving personalisation within services).



Theme 2 – Recovery Oriented Practice for People who are under the Mental Health Act (how we work to ensure that our practice is recovery oriented for those who are detained).



Theme 3 – Prevention within Mental Health Services (how we ensure that we work to build in prevention and wellbeing in all aspects of the work we do within our services, including implementing the principles of ‘Think Local, Act Personal and ensure we make this real for people).



Theme 4 – Therapeutic approaches within Recovery (e.g. using solution focused questions, using motivational interviewing, using problem solving, arts and creative therapies)



Theme 5 – Transitions and journeys across services – how we best work with people on their Recovery journey as they move from our services onwards or across different services in Hertfordshire – connections and links, transitions).



Theme 6 – Communications with people who use our services and carers – how we make our communication at all levels (e.g. written, conversations) recovery oriented and collaborative.



Theme 7 – Recovery College – What a Recovery College brings, how this might work, examples of great practice elsewhere, how we might want this to work for us (a Recovery College uses an educational and teaching model rather than a therapeutic model, and provides courses and workshops that people can choose to attend (please see attached IMROC briefing paper for more information)

Other Suggestions





Please send your responses to recovery@hpft.nhs.uk by Friday 29th May.  We will then use this feedback to agree the primary themes for the conference.

Last Chance to Nominate for the HPFT 2014 Staff Awards

Do you know a member of staff who deserves to be recognised for their exceptional work, or who goes the extra mile to help service users?

HPFT Staff Awards 2014

HPFT Staff Awards 2014

Perhaps you have worked with a team who has made a significant contribution to your personal recovery journey, or who provides outstanding care in line with our values? If the answer is yes then we want to hear about it!

The 2014 Staff Awards are now open for nominations and we want to shine the spotlight on the great work that has been going on across the Trust over the past year.

Here are the awards open to the public:

Council of Governors - 'Make a Difference Award'

The winner of this award will be an individual or team that have made a significant contribution to a service users personal recovery journey, working in partnership with the service user and their carer/family (where appropriate), demonstrating the skills and qualities that inspire hope for a positive future, as well as alignment with the Trust's values.

PDF nomination form 
Online nomination form

John Lewis 'Valuing our Customers Award' - Team

This award is given in association with John Lewis and will be presented to a team that has provided a consistently excellent customer experience, which aligns to the Trust's values, and/or have demonstrated a significant improvement in the customer experience they are providing

PDF nomination form 
Online nomination form

John Lewis 'Valuing our Customers Award' - Individual

This award is given in association with John Lewis and will be presented to an individual that have provided a consistently excellent customer experience, which aligns to the Trusts values, and/or have demonstrated a significant improvement in the customer experience they are providing

PDF nomination form 
Online nomination form

Innovation & Improvement Team Award - NEW FOR 2014!

This award is for a team or project group that has implemented a continuous service improvement or innovation, however big or small, that has enhanced the service user experience in alignment with the Trust values and behaviours and improved services.

PDF nomination form 
Online nomination form

Unsung Hero/Heroine Award

This popular award is given to an individual who consistently exhibits the Trust values in their everyday work, going the extra mile to help service users and colleagues.

PDF nomination form 
Online nomination form

Clinician of the Year -  NEW FOR 2014!

This award is for a clinician, who through their personal leadership and contribution, has raised the profile of their profession, or supported fellow clinicians, or participated in research and development that has contributed to improvements in the profession.

PDF nomination form 
Online nomination form 

The nomination forms are now available and can be completed either online or downloaded and filled in by hand.

The closing date for all nominations is 17 October so please start making your nominations now!

Completed nominations forms should be sent to Carlie Ray, Organisational Development Assistant, at The Colonnades, Beaconsfield Road, Hatfield, AL10 8YE.

Alternatively please complete your nomination using the links to the online booking forms above.

Become a Conference Maker for HPFT!

Call out for Conference Makers

We have an exciting opportunity for people interested in volunteering their help for our annual recovery conference.

The role of a Conference Maker will be to help the conference run smoothly and make sure people have a good day. The role is voluntary, and all expenses will be paid.

There will be a training session on Wednesday 3 September, 10am – 12pm at Robertson House in Stevenage. A range of roles will be available to suit people's preferences, interests and skills. 

These include: 

* Welcoming people on reception
* Meeting and greeting speakers
* Conference photographer
* Journalist

If you are interested in being a conference maker this year, please email the conference office at: recovery@hpft.nhs.uk or call James on 01727 804206; saying that you are interested in being a conference maker. 

HPFT Customer Inclusion & Engagement Team New Contact Details

We Have Moved!

HPFT As One Kite Logo

Most members of the Customer Inclusion & Engagement Team have now moved to the Eric Shepherd Unit Nr Abbotts Langley. Please see info below on how to reach us from Thursday 21st August. 

By Post 
HPFT, Eric Shepherd Unit, Woodside Rd, Abbotts Langley, Herts WD5 0HT 

By Email 
All email addresses are unchanged – firstname.lastname@hpft.nhs.uk

By Telephone

A full list of Contact Numbers can be downloaded HERE

Free Transport Service to Kingfisher Court

Kingfisher Court construction project - at Kingsley Green, near Radlett

Kingfisher Court construction project - at Kingsley Green, near Radlett

In addition to the information regarding the New Transport options for Kingsley Green, HPFT have proposed some scenarios and how the Trust will support people in these situations. These scenarios were requested by users and carers who are part of the Transport development group.

Our proposal aims to ensure that people are not inconvenienced by the locations of our new inpatient services, meaning that additional travel requirements are met by the Trust.

Please note some of the examples are likely to be rare occurrences but hopefully they provide further clarity about our plans.

Further information and a list of the scenarios can be accessed from HPFT's website.

Tell HPFT your views about any recruitment you have been involved in..

Last year the Trust worked closely with staff, service users, carers and local people, to develop a values and behaviours framework to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with their services has a positive experience. 

As an organisation they have a clear aspiration to create the right conditions that enable staff to deliver high quality, effective and compassionate care. They are therefore aspiring to excellence in recruitment, induction, training and appraisals for all staff, clearly aligned to their organisational values. 

To achieve this, the Trust needs to develop and implement a robust recruitment process which attracts and selects candidates on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the Trust. 

The purpose of Values Based Recruitment is to ensure that the future and current workforce is selected against the values of the Trust so that they recruit for the right workforce not only with the right skills and in the right numbers but with the right values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care and experience. 

How you can help…

A survey has been created for Involvement Workers to gather views from those of you who have experienced the HPFT recruiting process.

Please click on the link below to open the questionnaire. Your answers will be collected in a strictly anonymous manner and will be handled confidentially.


Thank you - it should only take a few minutes to complete.

HPFT welcomes mental health report by national think-tank

A report by a national think-tank looking at the state of wellbeing in England has called on the Government to make the pursuit of mental wellbeing a priority. 

The report by the CentreForum Mental Health Commission, called The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health, identified five key priorities between now and 2020, calling for policymakers to:

  • Establish the mental wellbeing of the nation or the 'pursuit of happiness' as a clear and measurable goal of government.
  • Roll out a National Wellbeing Programme to promote mutual support, self-care and recovery, and reduce the stigma that too often goes hand in hand with mental ill health.
  • Prioritise investment in the mental health of children and young people right from conception.
  • Make places of work mental health friendly with government leading the way as an employer.
  • Better equip primary care to identify and treat mental health problems.

We are delighted to see that, as a nation, we are beginning to recognise that good mental health goes hand-in-hand with physical health - neither one should have priority over the other.

”Bearing in mind that one in four of us will encounter a mental health difficulty at some stage of our lives, being more aware of our own mental wellbeing as a society will mean that those who need help will be able get that help more quickly, without fear of being stigmatized.
— Tom Cahill

Kingsley Green build Update

The new development at Kingsley Green has been coming on well over the past few months.  Building is on track and both wings are going up quickly. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, who are going through a significant transformation, are holding a variety of meetings about what the developments will mean for people

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