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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - OT / Social Worker / Nurse

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our Stabilisation Team where you will find yourself primarily working with people with emotionally unstable personality disorder.

Do you feel like you never have the time or space to work with clients in real and meaningful ways? Do you find you're left holding risks on your own? Although the work can be stressful the team is structured around ensuring risk is thought about, shared and held collectively. We prioritise considerable space for reflection and supervision both with colleagues and senior staff.

We welcome qualified Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Social Workers to apply for this band 6 opportunity.

You will be joining a small, progressive team comprising of mental health practitioners, a Lived Experience Practitioner and a Clinical Psychologist.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and dynamic professional who is genuinely interested in working with individuals who experience emotional instability.

We require a reflective practitioner, who is compassionate and considerate towards others and able to work with positive risk for the benefit of individuals.

Our base is at Erlegh House on the University of Reading Whiteknights campus. This is a spacious parkland site and is a very pleasant setting. There is sufficient car parking which is free and includes electric vehicle charge points.

Main duties of the job

  • To reduce occupied bed days and facilitate timely discharge
  • To reduce readmission to inpatient services
  • To identify treatment needs and refer within the EUPD pathway as necessary or wider services

Job role includes:
  • Community based
  • Offer short-term (up to 12 weeks) intensive individual psychologically informed interventions for stabilisation
  • Flexibility to be eclectic in interventions
  • Collaborative approach based on the individuals needs and priorities towards a life worth living
  • Contribute towards the psychological formulation of the individual
  • Work collaboratively and with colleagues and other teams to manage risk in a positive and inclusive way
  • Supporting other services and treatment teams
  • Supervision of junior staff within a multidisciplinary team
  • Weekly team supervision and support
  • Monthly individual supervision offered as a minimum with an identified supervisor

The must haves for this role:
  • An interest and enthusiasm to work with individuals who have a diagnosis of EUPD/emotion dysregulation
  • Degree level Professional qualification (Nurse, Occupational Therapy, Social worker and current professional registration)
  • Minimum of 2 years' post qualification experience of working with adults with mental health problems
  • Car driver & possess full UK driver's license or evidence of ability to travel to designated base & other sites to fulfil the requirements of the position

  • 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:
    • 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.

    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

    Education/ Qualifications/ Training


    • Degree level Professional qualification - Nurse, OT, Social worker
    • Clinical/counselling psychologist and current professional registration

    Previous Experience


    • Minimum of 2 years' post-qualification experience of working with adults with mental health problems.
    • 1 years' experience of working with EUPD in the Community
    • Experience delivering therapies to groups of patients.
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working.
    • Experience of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding, risk management


    • Experience of substance misuse.
    • Experience of inpatient setting.
    • Experience of working within a CMHT.
    • Experience delivering therapies to groups of patients.



    • Assessment and formulation of patients' difficulties.
    • Evidence based therapies relevant to the clinical service.


    • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training.

    Skills & Abilities


    • Ability to manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviours and to manage a demanding and complex case load while supporting junior colleagues and colleagues within other teams to do the same.
    • Effective and competent interpersonal communication, observation and reporting skills.
    • Strong organisational skills and the ability to analyse situations and be able to make the right decisions.
    • Able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others as well as being able to cope with distressing circumstances.
    • Ability to cope in a pressurised environment and apply practical problem-solving skills in everyday situations.
    • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)
    • Able to work flexibly as required.
    • Ability to work effectively in a team, work on own initiative, work unsupervised and manage own workload.
    • Experience of working in the community within a positive risk framework.

    Additional Requirements


    • BHFT requires all its staff and prospective employees to carry out your duties in line with Trust Equality policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, to deliver and always promote equity of access to healthcare and equality of opportunity at work.

    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) .

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    University of Reading - Earley Gate


    RG6 6BZ

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