Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit an experienced mental health practitioner to be an integral part of the Mental Health Integrated Community Service (MHICS) for Slough. The postholder will be responsible for working closely with General Practitioners and the primary care team to provide biopsychosocial assessments, brief interventions and care navigation for people with significant mental health issues living in the locality.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the development and shaping of a major new and innovative approach to providing mental health care within the community, working closely with all relevant providers within the individual's local community network.

Frimley Integrated Care System has been awarded new NHS funding to transform community mental health services for people with significant mental health problems. A ground-breaking new model is being implemented within Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to benefit those patients within the primary care setting.

The funding has enabled new Primary Care Network (PCN) mental health teams to be developed. Each PCN, comprising a population of approximately 30 - 50,000 patients, hosts a multi-disciplinary team which will work in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to provide support for people with significant mental health difficulties to meet their needs, closer to their communities and homes.

Main duties of the job

  • Working as a senior level practitioner, supervising junior staff members and coordinating the day-to-day functioning and delivery of the clinical service.
  • Working with people with significant mental health problems, whose mental health needs can be best met within primary care and whose difficulties are best understood within a biopsychosocial model.
  • Building and facilitating closer links between primary care networks and Community Mental Health Teams, Social Care teams, community services and a wide range of voluntary sector organisations, to achieve seamless transitions and support for people with significant mental health needs.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Qualified as a registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or High-Intensity CBT Therapist.
  • Experience of supporting people with significant mental health problems in community settings.
  • Post registration training and development in relevant psychosocial interventions.
  • Experience of effective collaborative working in partnership to deliver holistic health and social care outcomes.

  • 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 Jasmine Shingadia on: 01753690950 or email: jasmine.shingadia@berkshire.nhs.uk 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



    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or equivalent.


    • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
    • Recognised Post Graduate clinical or leadership qualification relevant to the role
    • Mentor and mentorship training
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development in particular motivational interviewing, brief solution focussed interventions, cognitive and behavioural approaches and psychosocial interventions

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of working in primary and secondary mental health services
    • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk
    • Experience in physical health assessment for people with mental health needs
    • Experience of effective collaborative working in partnership to deliver holistic health and social care outcomes
    • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience including primary care and community/ voluntary sector
    • Experience of leadership and development of junior colleagues.
    • Community experience in mental health services for adults and older age adults with severe / significant mental illness
    • Experience of providing a range of evidence-based interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness


    • Minimum 5 years post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
    • Experience in the planning and delivery of training and practice developments to staff.
    • Experience in service evaluation and improvements.
    • Experience working in a CAMHS and/or OPMH service.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Possesses high level of IT skills including word, outlook, excel and power point.
    • Ability to prioritise workload effectively, meeting expected deadlines.
    • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills.
    • Advanced interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate and work with a wide range of professionals across traditional service interfaces
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure
    • Ability to manage change and deal with conflict / stressful situations.
    • Ability to produce and present clear reports.
    • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of adults
    • Able to demonstrate advanced understanding of health inequalities amongst marginalised groups
    • Specialist knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
    • Working knowledge of appropriate assessment tools


    • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery.
    • Specialist knowledge relating to MH needs of young adults aged 18-25 and to the needs of those diagnosed with, or with presenting traits of, personality disorder
    • Recovery focused practitioner able to apply recovery principles to adults and older people, understanding of 'strengths- based' approaches.
    • Clear understanding of psychotropic medication and the monitoring of effects and side effects.
    • Working knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of community MH care to adults with mental health needs

    Additional Requirements


    • Recognise peoples' right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
    • Ability to work flexibly, outside normal working patterns if needed
    • Ability to foster good interagency working
    • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner
    • Car driver and able to travel independently.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Slough MHICS

    New Horizons, Pursers Court, Slough


    SL2 5BX

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