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Community Nurse Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
25 Nov 2023
ARRS Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care - New Reading PCN

We are looking for qualified and experienced Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists or Social Workers to join us in Mental Health Practitioner roles, Monday to Friday across the Primary Care Network, supporting GPs with on the day Mental Health support for patients.These new roles will provide an opportunity for better joint working across primary care and adult secondary care mental health systems and will make it easier for patients to obtain the help they need.

If you are proactive and passionate about innovation and providing a high-quality holistic approach to the care of people who have been identified as in need of mental health support in a primary care setting, we want to hear from you.

We are excited to be developing these community services and look forward to applicants specifically interested in working for:

New Reading PCN - 37.5 hours.

Please make contact with the Recruiting Manager or the PCN directly if you have any questions prior to submitting an application.

** Previous candidates need not re-apply **

Main duties of the job

To provide a lead in supporting the PCN in triaging mental health concerns raised by on the day patient requests, providing specialist advice and support within GP surgeries.

To review patients presenting with mental health issues, consider a range of support and treatment interventions, providing them with highly specialised advice and signposting when appropriate and liaising with GPs and MH teams

To offer brief interventions as needed e.g. problem solving, decision making, building resilience, building on personal strengths, risk de-escalation, medication advice and prescribing if a registered NMP

Working as a member of the primary Care MDT and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of specialist mental health training to the PCN

To provide a navigation role to help GP's make appropriate referrals to the relevant community and secondary care services - bridging the gap between primary care services such as IAPT and secondary care, working in partnership across the system.

Working pattern + Service operating hours

Service operates Monday to Friday. Hours worked will match the GP surgeries you are assigned to and will be worked within 8am-8pm. Typical shifts are 9am - 5pm, 8am - 4pm, 10am-6pm (subject to negotiation). You may be asked to do a combination of these shifts each week depending on the G.P. surgery hours. You will usually be assigned to 2-3 surgeries within your PCN.

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 4must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist.
  • A strong desire to work within and a good understanding of primary care health provision.
  • Community or Primary Care 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

  • If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today! We interview suitable applicants on a first come first serve basis. You will receive an outcome on your application within 48 hours of submitting.

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Samantha Danesh-Pour on 07500 783606 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

    Person Specification

    Education/ Qualification


    • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or equivalent
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development in particular motivational interviewing, brief solution focussed interventions, cognitive and behavioural approaches and psychosocial intervention


    • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
    • Recognised Post Graduate clinical or leadership qualification relevant to the role
    • Mentor and mentorship training



    • Minimum 5 years post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
    • 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
    • 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.


    • Proficient in clinical audits and research.
    • Experience of working in primary and secondary mental health services.
    • 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



    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision

    Knowledge/ Understanding


    • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of adults.

    Other Requirements


    • Recognise peoples' right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Shinfield Medical Practice

    School Green


    RG2 9EH

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