Senior Mental Health Practitioner - HTT

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year Per Annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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

Are you an experienced registered Mental Health nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker looking to secure the next step in your career or to take on a new challenge within Older People's Mental Health Services? If so, we are looking to recruit an experienced qualified Senior Mental Health Practitioner within the Older Adults Mental Health Team (Home Treatment). If you join us, you'll be well supported by a dedicated team that strives to create a progressive, friendly and compassionate environment.

You will work with the clinical team and take responsibility for the assessment and implementation of intensive care and treatment in the home of people with mental health needs, as well as people with dementia. You'll need at least two years of post-registration experience and specialist knowledge of the care of older people with mental health problems and mental health crises.

The role is based at Nicholson House, Maidenhead and your time in this role will be spent visiting clients in their homes in the local community so you will need a car to get to appointments. You will be required to come to the office occasionally for team meetings, training or for other service-related reasons as necessary, although currently we conduct most team meetings virtually this may change in future.

The service operates 7 days per week, so you will work shifts to cover the service hours of 9am-7pm, with some weekends and bank holidays as required.

Main duties of the job

  • To manage and be responsible for the mental health care of an allocated caseload of patients.
  • To undertake comprehensive initial assessments in a range of settings following acceptance of referral, taking into account the persons physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • To develop and implement an agreed plan of care with the service user and where appropriate, include the views of families and carers.
  • To provide a fast and flexible response to care needs, responding to referrals in a timely manner and providing intensive treatment (up to four times daily).
  • To identify and select from a range of health, social and voluntary agencies which could assist and improve the care of individuals and their families.
  • To initiate and carry out the agreed treatment plan
  • To monitor and evaluate the agreed care plan, making adjustments as appropriate in collaboration with the wider team by reporting in review or CPA meetings.
  • To have knowledge of a variety of therapeutic interventions including short term problem solving, crisis intervention and basic CBT techniques.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a 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.

The must haves for this role:
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse /Equivalent Professional Qualification.
  • Two years post registration experience working with older people with mental health needs.
  • Car driver with use of a vehicle for work purposes.

  • If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Gbolahan Lamuye on 01189047300 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

    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.

    Person Specification



    • Registered Mental Health nurse or equivalent


    • ENB 998 or SLICE training

    Previous Experience


    • Two years post qualification experience
    • Experience in dealing with challenging behaviour


    • Experience of working with older people with mental health problems
    • Previous HTT experience
    • Experience of working in the community
    • Supporting and empowering carers
    • Multi-agency working
    • Community working experience

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Knowledge of mental health legislation
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication
    • Ability to deal with sensitive issues and manage conflict situations
    • Intervention and outcome monitoring skills
    • Able to work unsocial hours
    • Ability to manage and prioritise workload
    • Ability to manage stress
    • Ability to work on own initiative and/ or with a team


    • Good IT skills

    Personal Qualities


    • Flexible & innovative
    • Proactive and dynamic
    • Well organised & highly motivated
    • Commitment to equal opportunity

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to drive and have a car for use at work

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