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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our Stabilisation Team where you will find yourself primarily working with people with emotionally unstable personality disorder.

Do you feel like you never have the time or space to work with clients in real and meaningful ways? Do you find you're left holding risks on your own? Although the work can be stressful the team is structured around ensuring risk is thought about, shared and held collectively. We prioritise considerable space for reflection and supervision both with colleagues and senior staff.

We welcome qualified Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Clinical/Counselling Psychologists to apply for this Band 7 opportunity. Experience dependent, this position may be offered as a progression post from Band 6 to 7.

You will be joining a small, progressive team comprising of mental healthpractitioners, a Lived Experience Practitioner and a Clinical Psychologist.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and dynamic professional who is genuinely interested in working with individuals who experience emotional instability. We require a reflective practitioner, who is compassionate and considerate towards others and able to work with positive risk for the benefit of individuals.

Working pattern and Service operating hoursThe Team's current operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Main duties of the job

  • To reduce occupied bed days and facilitate timely discharge
  • To reduce readmission to inpatient services
  • To identify treatment needs and refer within the EUPD pathway as necessary or wider services

Job role includes:
  • Community based
  • Offer short-term (up to 12 weeks) intensive individual psychologically informed interventions for stabilisation
  • Flexibility to be eclectic in interventions
  • Collaborative approach based on the individuals needs and priorities towards a life worth living
  • Contribute towards the psychological formulation of the individual
  • Work collaboratively and with colleagues and other teams to manage risk in a positive and inclusive way
  • Supporting other services and treatment teams
  • Supervision of junior staff within a multidisciplinary team
  • Weekly team supervision and support
  • Monthly individual supervision offered as a minimum with an identified supervisor
  • If desired, there may be opportunities to work across ASSIST and other IMPACTT services.

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

We require a reflective practitioner, who is compassionate and considerate towards others and able to work with positive risk for the benefit of individuals.

Our base is at Erlegh House on the University of Reading Whiteknights campus. This is a spacious parkland site and is a very pleasant setting. There is sufficient car parking which is free and includes electric vehicle charge points.

The 4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • An interest and enthusiasm to work with individuals who have a diagnosis of EUPD/emotion dysregulation
  • Degree level Professional qualification (Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapy, Social worker, Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and current professional registration)
  • Minimum of 2 years post qualification experience of working with adults with mental health problems
  • Car driver & possess full UK drivers license or evidence of ability to travel to designated base & other sites to fulfil the requirements of the position.

  • Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    For an informal discussion about the post or to answer any questions that you may have, please call Alison McClements (Team Lead) on 07890 597244 or email: and/or Heather Tomlinson (Clinical Lead Psychologist) on 07976 430992 or

    Person Specification



    • Degree level Professional qualification - Nurse, OT, Social worker Clinical/counselling psychologist and current professional registration
    • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development e.g. motivational interviewing, brief solution focussed interventions, cognitive and behavioural approaches, Structured Clinical Management, psychosocial interventions


    • Recognised Post Graduate clinical or leadership qualification relevant to the role

    Previous Experience


    • Significant post-qualification experience of working with adults with mental health problems.
    • Strong 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 or therapies to people with a variety of mental health problems and serious mental illness.
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working.
    • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk and safeguarding.
    • Experience of working in secondary care and/ or inpatient services.
    • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience including primary care and community/ voluntary sector.


    • Some experience of working with EUPD in the Community.
    • Experience of working with complex substance misuse difficulties.
    • Experience of effective collaborative working in partnership to deliver holistic health and social care outcomes.
    • Experience of leadership and development of junior colleagues.
    • Experience in service evaluation and improvements.



    • Assessment and formulation of needs.
    • Evidence based therapies relevant to the clinical service.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of mental health issues and presentations and knowledge of child protection/safeguarding issues and other relevant legislation


    • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training.

    Skills & Abilities


    • Exceptional interpersonal and highly effective communication skills with the ability to support, engage and lead the individuals we are working with, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development, and improvement.
    • Strong organisational skills and the ability to analyse situations and be able to make the right decisions.
    • Ability to work to timescales and comfortably cope in pressurised situations, applying practical problem-solving skills in everyday and complex situations.
    • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, MS office and the internet).
    • Able to work flexibly as required.
    • Experience of working in the community within a positive risk framework.
    • Skills in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, ability to manage a complex small caseload and difficult situations.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to those you are working with, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skilled in being able to establish rapport and build relationships with those you are working with and carers. Ability to relate well to professional colleagues and to build and maintain effective working relationships within all levels of the organisation.
    • Specialist knowledge acquired through training in a specialised discipline.
    • Ability to manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviours and to manage a demanding and complex case load while supporting junior colleagues and colleagues within other teams to do the same.

    Additional Requirements


    • BHFT requires all its staff and prospective employees to carry out your duties in line with Trust Equality policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, to deliver and always promote equity of access to healthcare and equality of opportunity at work.
    • Ability to work flexibly 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


    University of Reading - Earley Gate

    Earley Gate


    RG6 6BZ

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