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Group Therapies Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,503 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Managing Emotions Programme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time core professional (Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, or Mental Health Nurse) with significant experience in mental health services.

The successful applicant will co-deliver group psychoeducation sessions online as part of the 'Managing Emotions Programme' (MEP). MEP is heavily informed by Dialectical Behavioural Therapy-skills, and accessible to any adult in East Berkshire (both primary and secondary-care level) living with personality difficulties and/or emotional dysregulation.

Currently, the groups are being delivered online by clinicians and Lived Experience Practitioners. However, we are hoping to expand the service offered to include both in-person and online groups, as well as carers' groups in 2023/24. The successful applicant's 'can-do' proactive and pragmatic attitude will be key to making this a success.

MEP is part of a new model of service, where the successful applicant will not hold a caseload, assess, or manage risk. However, MEP is hosted by the Mental Health Integrated Community Service (MHICS), which sits astride primary and secondary care. That being so, the successful applicant may have the opportunity to become involved with other tranches of group therapy and/or be asked to take on occasional pieces of casework with MHICS. This is anticipated to be a very small portion of the role, however.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will take on a new, key role within the Trust. Working in a hybrid way across East Berkshire and liaising directly with both Primary and Secondary care. Reporting to the Group Therapies Lead, the post holder will be responsible for contributing to the development and delivery of virtual and in-person group programmes as detailed above. This will focus upon the new 'Managing Emotions Programme', a Psychoeducation group developed to support people living with personality difficulties, which has been co-produced and will be delivered alongside Lived Experience Practitioners.

The3/4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A core professional qualification in health or social care: (Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, or Mental Health Nurse) with current registration
  • Experience of and interest in working with adults with significant mental health needs
  • Able to commute and deliver groups across East Berkshire.

  • If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and let's be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to email:

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    About us

    Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce.

    For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow. Some of the benefits of joining our team:
    • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
    • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service.
    • Generous NHS pension scheme - 20.68% employer contribution
    • Excellent learning and development opportunities
    • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
    • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
    • And so much more

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics.

    A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust's sites.

    The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

    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



    • A core professional qualification (Social Work, Occupational Therapy, or Mental Health Nursing).


    • Any relevant further training in relation to the delivery of psychological or psychologically-informed interventions



    • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services, directly with patients.


    • Experience of delivering/facilitating group interventions.

    Skills and Competencies


    • An understanding of, and ability to, formulate clinical risk and clinical need.

    Other Requirements


    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision

    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.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


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