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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Berkshire Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIP) is looking for a passionate and enthusiastic band 6 mental health practitioner to join their innovative and dynamic team.

The EIP team is a trust wide service, with teams based at each locality. We are a specialist service working with individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis or who are presenting with an at-risk mental state, between the ages of 18 to 65. We operate a Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm service, although some flexibility is required. This advert is for a role based at Prospect House, Reading.

You will have a clear passion for supporting people and their family in their recovery. You will work with our integrated team of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychological therapists, and STR workers to empower and support our clients to understand their experiences and return to college, university or employment. We work with our clients for up to 3 years and the majority do get transferred back to their GP, therefore it is a rewarding team to work with.

Main duties of the job

To act as care coordinator, in accordance with the Care Programme Approach (CPA) policy under the supervision of the Clinical Lead. The role is focused on working collaboratively with the client and their family/friends on their recovery, developing a relapse management plan.

To undertake comprehensive assessment of health and social needs together with the client and their family to implement a plan of care and provision of NICE recommended interventions.

To work closely with other stakeholders to ensure the client has a comprehensive and holistic care plan to meet their well being needs.

To monitor and assess the physical health of service users in line with Trust policy and national guidelines.

Plan and provide treatment in collaboration with a multi disciplinary team and ensure clients are on the correct care pathway

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 solution

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

The must haves for this role:
  • Diploma or degree level in mental health nursing, and registered with NMC
  • Understanding of psychosis and NICE recommended interventions for this client group
  • Experience or being a care coordinator
  • Ability to work flexibly and have a commitment to working in a dynamic and innovative service.

  • 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: Jacqui Short on 07721237093, 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



    • Diploma or degree level professional qualification
    • Registered for practice through NMC or HCPC


    • Good standard of general education

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of continuous professional development to high standard


    • Further relevant qualification in the field of mental health - CBT /PSI or other

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of working in community mental health services.
    • Minimum two years post-qualification experience of working with adults with mental health problems.
    • Experience of supervising staff and students.
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working.
    • Experience of assessment and report writing.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Thorough working knowledge of mental health problems and their management.
    • Knowledge of assessment and treatment approaches.
    • Knowledge of current mental health policy.
    • Ability to carry out high quality assessments and treatment interventions to individuals and groups.
    • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities within caseload management.
    • Ability to apply client-led principles and form non-discriminatory therapeutic relationships with clients and carers.
    • Ability to maintain good quality records, and write reports.
    • Ability to take responsibility appropriate to senior clinician role.
    • Ability to deal with emotionally demanding situations, to remain calm under pressure, and to be adaptable to demands of the role.
    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
    • Basic computer literacy and ability to use electronic system.

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to travel to multiple sites

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Early Intervention in Psychosis (Trustwide), Prospect Park Hospital

    Honey End Lane, Tilehurst


    RG30 4EJ

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