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Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum (Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be joining a well-established operational team working within the Adults Community Mental Health Team in WAM (Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead) Our working hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, full-time.

The WAM Community Mental Health Team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of social workers, community mental health nurses, consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, psychological therapists, community support workers, employment specialists, and administrators/reception staff. The CMHT is jointly funded by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Local Authority.

You will be an enthusiastic, professionally qualified Mental Health Practitioner who is committed to providing responsive and high-quality clinical services to mental health service users and their carers. You will have extensive relevant experience of working with service users in a range of settings, ideally with some community experience but this is not essential. A keen interest in all mental health issues affecting service users is required and up to date knowledge of treatments and protocols. You will be able to work autonomously, exercise clear and coherent decision-making skills and be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the wider service. Training will be given to further develop your knowledge and understanding of this client group.

Main duties of the job

You will work within the WAM Community Integrated Mental Health Services. You will hold a caseload and focus on delivery of a specific time-limited intervention using the recovery model. The care and treatment will focus on empowering service users to use their strengths, skills and special interest to help in their recovery whilst under the secondary services working with our Multidisciplinary Team. You will be offered regular clinical supervision and support from the Clinical Lead.

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 must haves for this role:
  • Be a Mental Health Nurse along with relevant professional registration
  • Hold a full UK Driving license and have use of a car for work purposes
  • Broad post qualification experience within a mental health setting
  • Knowledge & Experience
  • Experience of contributing to policy and procedure development and implementation
  • Experience of managing and supervising other staff
  • Skills in CBT or family work
  • Research and audit skills
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Report writing skills.

  • 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 call: Ishumael on 07929 841000 or email: Ishumael Nyachengwe 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



    • Degree/ Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
    • Current NMC Registration


    • Specialist knowledge acquired through training in a specialised discipline.

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of continuous learning

    Previous Experience


    • Previous knowledge and experience of working in a care environment and with service users who have complex mental health needs.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Experience of clinically supervising junior and unqualified staff and mentoring students
    • Ability to administer depot medication.
    • Substantial experience of managing a busy caseload of service users with a range of mental health conditions
    • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment
    • Excellent knowledge and understanding of relevant Health and Social Care legislation including Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Care Act 2014
    • Effective and competent interpersonal, influencing, communication, observation, and reporting skills.
    • Strong organisational skills and the ability to analyse situations and be able to make the right decisions.
    • Able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others as well as being able to cope with distressing circumstances.
    • Ability to cope in a pressurised environment and apply practical problem-solving skills in everyday 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 on a shift pattern as required and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.
    • Ability to work effectively in a team, work on own initiative, work unsupervised and manage own workload.
    • Manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviours.
    • Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have use of a car for work purposes.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Nicholsons House

    1st Floor, Nicholsons Walk


    SL6 1LD

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