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Advanced Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 27-03-2024

An exciting opportunity is available for a Full or Part time Band 7 Advanced Mental Health Practitioner to join the newly developed Primary Mental Health Team (PMHT) 4 Youth based in Wokingham. The role is based at Wokingham Community Hospital, so attracts Higher Cost of Living Allowance.

The PMHT 4 Youth team provides assessments & short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions to young people in Wokingham with mild to moderate mental health needs. The service promotes the emotional wellbeing & mental health of young people in the community by offering advice, information & support to young people & families, & consultation & training to professionals, as appropriate.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of & contribute to a newly developed & innovative service. This is an important post at the interface with partner agencies & specialist CAMHS. The post has been informed and agreed in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council Children's Services, who remain key partners in the development of the Primary Mental Health Team & the development of wider emotional health & wellbeing services for young people.

Operational management & clinical supervision will be provided within Berkshire Healthcare. The service is managed & delivered by BHFT CAMHS & is part of the Wokingham Borough Council Emotional Wellbeing Hub.

This role would suit an experienced Mental Health Practitioner or newly qualified Clinical Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

  • Clinical assessments for young people up to the age of 18 years, presenting with mild to moderate mental health problems.
  • Short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions (individual, group, family, as appropriate)
  • Consultations - offering advice, information and support to young people, families, and professionals.
  • Joint working with partner agencies, including Mental Health Support Teams, Early Help, Youth Offending Teams, other Child, and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Use of routine outcome measures to promote active participation from young people and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Training to professionals
  • Supervision, as appropriate to role

  • 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 solutions

    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 4 must haves for this role:
  • Experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties.
  • Passion for providing collaborative and evidence-based mental health care.
  • Enthusiasm for multi-professional and multi-agency working.
  • Ability to travel between multiple sites.

  • We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Robin Hammond on 07817 093 766 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



    • To have undertaken a recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions e.g. psychiatric nursing, psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy or to have other relevant experience and demonstrable competence to work in the mental health field in the NHS and post registration clinical training and qualification in to at least Diploma level in CBT Therapy


    • This post requires Accreditation with BABCP bodies

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the relevant professional body.

    Previous Experience


    • Demonstrable experience of working in CYP mental health services
    • Experience of working with young people with mental health issues, across a range of settings
    • Experience in establishing diagnosis / psychological formulation
    • Experience of providing evidence-based psychological therapies including CBT
    • Ability to meet agreed /specified service targets
    • Ability to manage competing demands / manage a caseload
    • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
    • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
    • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.


    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications or experience in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    • Experience of running / co-running groups.
    • Experience of supervising others

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with clients with severe and complex mental health problems
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations.


    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

    Additional Requirements


    • A positive approach to working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
    • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Willingness to work flexibly
    • An awareness of own strengths and limitations
    • Ability to travel between sites and to locality meetings
    • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Wokingham Hospital

    41 Barkham Road


    RG41 2RE

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