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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
1 Mar 2024
We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner to join our Mental Health Integrated Community Service team in West Berkshire to work with the PCNs.

The post requires the candidate to have excellent communication and advanced clinical skills, who can work independently, as well as working alongside the multidisciplinary team, mental health, community and social care services, patients and their carers.

A particular understanding of mental health is also essential for this role. There are fabulous opportunities within this role to develop both personally and professionally, we are looking for a candidate who is passionate about providing high quality services.

Main duties of the job

This new role of Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for Primary Care is fundamental to the development and leadership of innovative new teams and integrated mental health services based within networks of GP Practices (PCNs). The role promotes and provides early assessment, treatment and improved access to evidence-based interventions for people with SMI. The role will help people to focus on achievable goals and access local community resources.The service will be for people over 18 years old (including carers) with a specific focus on:
  • those with mental health needs that exceed the access criteria for IAPT and do not meet the access criteria for secondary care
  • people with serious or significant mental illness (SMI) who are in recovery and relatively stable in secondary care mental health services who could be cared for within primary care
  • people with SMI who are eligible for an annual health check and medication review and improved access to physical health interventions
  • younger adults with SMI (18-25years) particularly those transitioning between children's and adult services
  • those diagnosed with, or presenting with traits of, personality disorder who will benefit from enhanced support across primary care through the MHICS team

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 must haves for this role:
  • 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
  • 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

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 contact Rachel Bellenger on 0118 904 4770 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



  • 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.
  • Mentor and mentorship training


  • Evidence of Structured Clinical Management (SCM) intervention.
  • Independent and supplementary Prescriber
  • Recognised Post Graduate clinical or leadership qualification relevant to the role

Continuous Professional Development


  • Desire to undertake further training and self-improvement to support patient experience

Previous Experience


  • Minimum 5 years post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
  • Minimum two years community experience in mental health services for adults/older age adults with severe or 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.
  • Experience of leadership and development of junior colleagues.


  • 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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Advanced understanding of the mental health needs of adults.
  • Specialist knowledge of person-centred care and its application.
  • Able to demonstrate advanced understanding of health inequalities amongst marginalised groups
  • Specialist knowledge of psycho-social interventions and their appropriate use.
  • Working knowledge of appropriate assessment tools.
  • Working knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of community MH care to adults with mental health needs.
  • 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.


  • Knowledge of practical application and use psychological therapies
  • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery.
  • Specialist knowledge relating to MH needs of young adults age 18-25 and to the needs of those diagnosed with, or with presenting traits of, personality disorder

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.
  • Ability to travel independently.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Newbury MHICs

Hillcroft House, Rookes Way


RG18 3HR

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