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Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 10 June 2024.

The Wokingham Community Older Adults Mental Health Team is looking for an enthusiastic, caring and highly motivated Mental Health Practitioner with a relevant professional qualification ( Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist ) to join our friendly and innovative team.

The post holder will be an experienced practitioner with excellent assessment and communication skills, offering support to older people with mental health problems and their carers: providing advice, information and treatment in the service-users own homes and the clinic setting.

Your base would be Wokingham Community Hospital where we have access tofree parking facilities, staff room and a friendly and welcoming team. We work flexibly to meet service needs both from the office and remotely. Wokingham Memory Clinic is proud to be an accredited Memory Clinic by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP). Combined with being an 'Outstanding', well-led, organisation, and having an 'Outstanding' Older Adults Community Mental Health Team in our latest CQC inspection. The post holder would therefore be expected to work towards helping the service maintain these accolades of high standards.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will also offer support to older people with mental health problems and their carers, providing advice, information and treatment in the service-users own homes and the clinic setting. You will be jointly responsible for patients on the Memory Clinic caseload, working collaboratively with the other Memory Clinic practitioners, the wider team and other disciplines from both statutory and voluntary sectors, as well as contributing towards the development of the service.

The post holder will:

Undertake comprehensive assessments in a range of settings including the patient's own home

Provide the appropriate clinical follow up with training and support

Identify and select from a range of health, social and voluntary agencies which could assist and improve the care of individuals and their families.

Be jointly responsible for the Memory Clinic caseload working collaboratively with other Memory Clinic practitioners.

Monitor and evaluate care plans, making adjustments as appropriate

Have excellent problem-solving abilities.

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 you to be considered for this role:

1. Have the relevant professional qualification (Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist,)

2. You must be enthusiastic, caring and highly motivated with a passion and understanding for working with Older People

3. You will be an experienced practitioner with the relevant mental health / clinical experience.

4. Be a car driver with the ability and readiness to travel.

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 youre 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 dont hesitate to call: Clare Leask on 0118 904 7200 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

Education Qualifications Training


  • RMN or equivalent Professional Qualification (OT, SW)
  • Mentorship or equivalent


  • RGN (i.e. dual qualified)
  • Diploma in Dementia Studies or willing to undertake
  • Completion of post-graduate courses related to specialism e.g. Advanced Dementia Care, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Communicating & Caregiving in Dementia etc

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of Statutory & Mandatory Courses

Previous Experience


  • Broad experience, gained over a minimum of 3 years, acquired by caring for Older People with mental health needs in a range of clinical settings
  • Experience in multidisciplinary working
  • Experience in the use of evidence based interventions and provision of training of these to others within the wider primary and secondary team
  • Experiences of working in groups

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Current Government policies concerning the provision of Mental Health Care
  • CPA and Risk assessment
  • Basic Computer skills

Additional Requirements


  • Car driver with clean licence
  • Use of Car

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


OPMH Services Wokingham

Wokingham Hospital, 41 Barkham Road


RG41 2RE

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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