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Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 30 May 2024.

The post holder will work as a mental health practitioner within the main Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team Hub based in Slough. The overall objective is to provide a very high standard of care to patients under the care of the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team as an alternative to an acute mental health admission.

The post holder will provide high quality and comprehensive assessments, treatment and brief, evidence-based follow up service to patients referred from the community mental health teams psych liaison service or inpatient wards

The post holder will be responsible for the formulation, execution and evaluation of a care plan, including signposting to other services. The post holder will ensure that each individual plan is developed in consultation/agreement with the service user and informed by the wider multidisciplinary team.

The post holder will operate within a multidisciplinary team and will be responsible for the delivery of care, risk management and evaluation of care, emphasising individual service user's recovery.

The post holder will be confident in taking positive risk in accordance with the Trust Policy around Risk Assessment and management.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be a member of the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team based a the main hub in Slough
  • The post holder will provide assessments to patients 18+yrs, following appropriate induction and training.
  • To maintain and develop relationships with professionals external to the area of service, service users and their significant others (where appropriate) within area of service/specialism.
  • To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluation of specialist care, including evaluating the work of junior staff. And to be responsible for development and delivery of intensive crisis care plan, working collaboratively with multi-agencies to ensure service users' needs are met.
  • To formulate and design physical interventions as part of the service users care plan, ensuring that clinical policies and procedures are followed correctly and risks inherent in any procedures are minimised.

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:

1. Must hold a relevant qualification either registered mental health nurse or social worker

2. Sound understanding of the acute care pathway

3. Assessment and case formulation, evidence of skills utilised to manage risk

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Jackie Glenister, Service Manager for CRHTT on 07795013928 or email: who'll 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, social Worker or OT

Continuous Professional Development


  • Mentor and mentorship preparation training
  • Evidence of continued professional development

Previous Experience


  • Community and in-patient experience in mental health services as a student
  • Experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk.
  • Experience of effective collaborative working
  • Evidence of Interdisciplinary / multi-agency working experience


  • Experience working in an Emergency Department environment
  • We welcome people with lived experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Competent IT skills including word, outlook, excel and power point.
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively, meeting expected deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills
  • Advanced interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate and work with a wide range of professionals
  • Ability to influence others effectively
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • High level of self-awareness, recognising own strength and limitations
  • Ability to manage change and deal with conflict / stressful situations
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Ability to produce and present clear reports
  • Very good understanding of the mental health needs of adults
  • Working knowledge of appropriate assessment tools
  • Working knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of care to adults with mental health needs
  • Recovery focused practitioner able to apply recovery principles to adults and older people
  • Clear understanding of psychotropic medication and the monitoring of effects and side effects
  • Knowledge of service improvement models and its application
  • Awareness of the impact of the health economies on service planning and delivery

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 foster good interagency working
  • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner
  • Ability to travel independently
  • UK driving license and access to a private car

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


East Crisis Resolution HTT, Britwell Health Clinic

Wentworth Avenue



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