Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per Annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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

The Newbury Community Older Adults Mental Health Team would like to warmly welcome an enthusiastic, caring and highly motivated Senior Clinician to join our Memory Clinic Service.

You will be based at Hillcroft House, West Berkshire Community Hospital which is situated between Newbury and Thatcham.

Flexible working and free car parking available.

The Newbury Community Older Adult Mental Health Service is a multi-disciplinary service comprised of the Community Mental Health Team, Home Treatment Team and the Memory Clinic Service. All teams and members work closely together to offer high standards of specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment for older adults and people with cognitive impairment and/or dementia of any age in the community setting.

We would encourage applications from experienced clinicians who are passionate about working with Older Adults and that wish to develop further expertise/specialise in the area of Memory Assessment.

Working Hours Monday to Friday 9-5pm.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will undertake comprehensive assessments and reviews in a range of settings including the patient's home.
  • To identify and signpost to a range of health, social and voluntary agencies which may assist and improve the care of individuals and their families.
  • Attend weekly Memory Clinic supervision.
  • Take part in Service Development both within the Memory Clinic and the wider team.
  • Supervise and support junior members of staff and students
  • Work closely with our wider team and offer support to other areas of the service when capacity allows.
  • Working as a duty nurse on a Rota Basis.

Newbury Community Mental Health - Memory Clinic Service is open Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm.

On occasion you may be required to support the wider team that do offer some out of hours sessions.

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. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.

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:
  • Salary ranging from �33,706 - �40,588 per annum
  • 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. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • 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. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • 2 years experience + working with people of Older Age or Dementia.
  • Passion and enthusiasm to work with people of older age and people of any age with Dementia.
  • An interest to take part in Quality Improvement within the service.
  • Car Driver with access to a car

  • If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Suzanne Wilson on 01635 292070 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

    Person Specification



    • RMN Qualification


    • RGN (i.e dual qualified)

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Mentorship or equivalent
    • Completion of Post graduate courses related to the Older Adult or Dementia patient group

    Previous Experience


    • 2 years experience + working with Older People with Mental Health need or people with Dementia of any age.
    • Experience in Multidisciplinary working

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Ability to demonstrate effective team working and ability to work autonomously.
    • Advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills.
    • Advanced interpersonal skills.
    • Basic Computer skills

    Additional Requirements


    • Car Driver with access to use of a car and ability to travel to a variety of settings

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