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Advanced Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum, pro rata (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Interview date will be 21st May 2024 .

Are you a Registered Mental Health Nurse with an interest in working in our CYPF Health Hub, CAMHS Common Point of Entry Service as a Mental Health Practitioner? Then we at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) have an exciting opportunity for you!

This fantastic opportunity will be responding to complex referrals to the CAMHS team, carrying out initial triage and telephone assessment of new children or young people including risk assessments and the formulation and recommendation for on-going care. You will review referrals coming into the service and undertake a structured telephone triage and develop a formulation to determine the mental health needs of the child or young person, assessing risk and either signposting to the appropriate CAMHS team or pathway.

You will also be providing advice and consultation to referrers, colleagues and families who may require advice about symptoms, risk, or the need for a referral. You will also be identifying those who need a more detailed face to face assessment within CPE and allocating a priority level.

Main duties of the job

  • Triage, assessment and formulation of young people presenting to Child and Adolescent mental Health services.
  • Consultation with professionals making referrals to the service
  • Undertaking Telephone assessments of young people referred to the service
  • Undertaking Face to face assessments of young people referred to the service
  • Work flexibly across multiple sites
  • Taking part in the review of clinical records
  • Reviewing of data to support the management of waiting lists
  • Working within a team of skilled CAMHS clinicians
  • Joining a service that provided front door access to a comprehensive CAMHS

  • 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 you to be considered for this role:
  • Registered mental Health Nurse or other registered appropriate health care professional
  • An interest in working within a CAMHS team
  • An ability to undertake telephone assessments
  • Experience of working in a mental health setting

  • We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Robert Williams or Jason Wear on 03003631234 or email: or 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



    • Registered Mental Health Nurse (NMC) or
    • Registered Nurse Child or MH branch) or Occupational Therapy degree level qualification and registered with HPCP or Qualified Psychotherapist registered with professional body i.e. ACP approved Child Psychotherapist.
    • Masters level or significant experience in mental health
    • HCPC Registered Practitioner/Social Worker or
    • Postgraduate doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent for those who trained before 1996)
    • Registered and accredited with HCPC
    • Eligible for Chartered status with the BPS


    • Mentorship qualification
    • Qualification in a therapeutic modality, , Masters level or equivalent experience
    • Post graduate qualification in Child Mental Health Education/Qualifications/Training

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Ability to manage complex and sensitive information using well-developed motivational and negotiating skills, representing the service in a variety of different situations
    • Evidence of children, young people and carer involvement within care planning and service development


    • Evidence of post qualification learning in a relevant field

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of working assertively with children and young people to engage in therapeutic activities
    • Knowledge and significant experience in mental health
    • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
    • Experience of working effectively in a team and able to demonstrate ability to work on own initiative, without direct supervision, making sound clinical decisions

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Knowledge and understanding of the relevant national guidance and policies in management of children's emotional and mental health needs process
    • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the health and social care systems and operating frameworks, clinical observations and the Children's Safeguarding, SEND and other legal frameworks relating to children and young people
    • Good interpersonal, communication, observation and reporting skills. Ability to engage and communication with a wide range of professionals, staff and other service stakeholders
    • Able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others and demonstrate resilience to able to cope with distressing circumstances
    • Ability to assess a young person and from this assessment develop a formulation.

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to travel around the geographical area of BHFT
    • Able to work flexible patterns as required and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    London House

    London Road


    RG12 2UT

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