Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

Newbury Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults

Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Hillcroft House, Beechcroft, Thatcham, Berkshire.

(West Berkshire Community Hospital site)

We have an opportunity for an experienced clinician to join our supportive and friendly team based in the Newbury locality.

We welcome applications from clinicians who have a passion to work with people of Older Age experiencing functional mental health difficulties and dementia (all ages) in the community setting.

This is a full-time post. You will be based at Hillcroft House (West Berkshire Community Hospital site) with the option of a blend of base and remote working. You will be working in a Multidisciplinary Team who support each other to ensure that you are able to offer the best standard of care to our patient group.

The post holder will take responsibility for the assessment and implementation of care and treatment in the homes of people with functional mental health problems, as well as people with dementia. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing his/her own caseload, working collaboratively with other disciplines from both statutory and voluntary sectors as well as contributing towards the development of the service.

This post is 37.5hrs Monday to Friday 9-5pm. Occasional support to the Home Treatment Team element of the service may at times be required (5-7 pm weekdays and 9-3 on weekends).

Main duties of the job

  • To manage and be responsible for an identified caseload of patients.
  • To undertake initial, comprehensive assessments in a range of settings considering the person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • To develop an agreed plan of care with the service user in association with families and carers as appropriate.
  • To initiate and carry out the agreed treatment plan.
  • To monitor and evaluate the agreed care plan, adjusting as appropriate in collaboration with the wider team.
  • To develop and maintain effective liaison and communication with members of the Primary Care Team, Local Authority and Voluntary Organisations.
  • To participate actively in Service Development to enhance the nursing contribution and quality of care.
  • To maintain accurate clinical documentation as per guidance.
  • To ensure adherence to Trust policies.
  • To develop one area of specialist interest within the work of Department of Old Age Psychiatry.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification



  • RMN or equivalent qualification


  • Dual qualified RMN and RGN

Continuous Professional Development


  • Student Assessor/Mentorship
  • Completion of Post Graduate Course relating to Older Adults

Additional Requirements


  • Car Driver with the use of a car

Previous Experience


  • Experience in multidisciplinary working


  • 2 years+ experience of working with Older People with mental health needs in a range of clinical setting

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • CPA and Risk Assessment
  • Advanced interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate effective team working and ability to work autonomously
  • Advanced assessment & clinical reasoning skills
  • Time management & workload prioritisation skills


  • Leadership Abilities
  • Capable of remaining calm during crisis situations

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