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Advanced Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an experienced Mental Health Nurse, looking for your next role? Why not join us in this Monday to Friday 9am-5pm role based at Royal Berkshire Hospital? You'll use your skills and experience caring for our patients who are older adults (65+) admitted to the hospital. We're a well-established team where the work is varied and dynamic and there are many opportunities with specialist departments, including diabetes, heart failure, oncology, stroke, care of the elderly and palliative medicine.

You will be well suited to this role if you have either community or inpatient older adults experience, and you are passionate about providing mental health care for older people. You will need a good understanding of and interest in mental health in the context of declining physical health in old age too.

You will be working within a supportive multidisciplinary team of mental health practitioners, including psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and a consultant psychiatrist. The older adult service (65+) is a small team, working alongside the adult (18-65) psychological medicine team as part of the Psychological Medicine Service within Royal Berkshire Hospital. The overall service is Core24, and PLAN accredited.

If you are interested in this role, we recommend you apply today!

Main duties of the job

The team supports patients on all medical wards across the hospital. Patients are primarilypresenting with mental health or cognitive difficulties in the context of declining physical health and/or neurological or neurodegenerative conditions.
  • You will undertake comprehensive initial assessments of the mental health needs of older people who are currently receiving treatment for physical health problems within a general hospital setting taking into account their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • You will plan, facilitate, deliver and evaluate specialist person-centred care and treatment for these patients and where appropriate include the views of their family and carers.
  • Providing short term mental health interventions to older people referred to Psychological Medicine.
  • Communicating with, educating and supporting carers as required.
  • Liaising effectively with other agencies providing services to older people with mental health needs, ensuring that all relevant personnel are aware of any changes in care/treatment or patient needs.

Working pattern + Service operating hours

The Service operates Monday to Friday during standard business hours. This role is full time and requests for a working pattern of 9-5, however flexibility in the hours will be considered.

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:
  • RMN or equivalent Professional Qualification.
  • Broad experience, gained over a minimum of 2 years, acquired by caring for Older People with mental health needs in a range of community and/or inpatient settings.
  • Able to evidence good communications and prioritisation skills.
  • Evidence of ability to undertake good assessment, risk assessment and management.

  • 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: Babita Khunkhun on 07890 607305 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



    • Registered Mental Health Nurse or equivalent professional registration


    • RGN (i.e.dual qualified)

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of ongoing continuous professional development

    Previous Experience


    • Broad experience, gained over a minimum of 2 years, acquired by caring for Older People with mental health needs in a range of community and/or inpatient settings.


    • Minimum of 2 years B6 grade experience in Older Peoples' Services

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills
    • Confident to recommend to non-mental health staff, treatment approaches and or medication for patient's psychological needs.
    • Advanced interpersonal/communication skills


    • Skilled in identifying and differentiating between a wide range of diagnoses.
    • Thorough knowledge of the network of support services for patients and carers and means of accessing them.
    • The ability to solve complex issues where there may be conflict or no precedent.

    Additional Requirements


    • Time management and workload prioritisation skills
    • Good IT skills
    • Ability to manage stress


    • Teaching and group facilitation skills
    • Flexible

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    West Psychological Medicine Service

    Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road


    RG1 5AN

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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