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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 06 June 2024.

Here in Reading CMHT we invest heavily into the development, training, and support of our entire workforce, which means that we welcome applications of an experienced Band 6 Mental Health Professional looking for a career within a busy Community Mental Health Team.

We understand that supporting, developing, and nurturing our staff leads to outstanding patient care. We have a variety of opportunities to help you develop both your skills and your career, introduce, and implement innovations within your service and make a true difference to the lives of our service users.

Our service operates five days a week, not including bank holidays and is offering full, part time and hybrid flexible working opportunities. We welcome applications from Social Worker too!

Main duties of the job

Are you passionate about making a difference and enjoy working as part of a larger team? Are you eager to use your clinical skills to provide excellent care and progress your career?

Applicants will need to be enthusiastic and able to work flexibly and reliably to contribute to the delivery of outstanding care to our patients.

As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner, with the Short Term Team, you will have responsibility for the line management of students and junior staff, undertaking their annual appraisals, PDP's and proactively supporting their development review cycle.

You should have the ability to think calmly and logically under pressure and have a positive attitude to maintaining high standards of work at all times and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills. You will be quick to learn, be able to work as part of a team but also posses the ability to work unsupervised, using your own initiative.

Accuracy and attention to details is essential for this post with a good level of competency in using Microsoft applications. Strong organizational skills are essential.

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. Qualified Psychiatric Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist with +2 years post registration experience preferred.

2. Promote, monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and security.

3. Ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with service users, carers, and other professional bodies.

4. Ability to use technology to underpin professional practice.

If you're 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 don't hesitate to call: Joanna Jelonek on 01189605612 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 Practitioner whereby the person is licensed to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for patients with mental health problems.
  • Degree in health/social care or equivalent qualification/experience.

Continuous Professional Development


  • Willingness to develop practice, knowledge and skills to meet the needs of our service.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the health & social care systems and operating frameworks, clinical observations and the Mental Health Act.
  • Willingness to work in a multi-agency environment.
  • Effective and competent interpersonal, influencing, communication, observation and reporting skills.
  • Organisational skills and 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 MS Office).
  • Ability 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.

Additional Requirements


  • Manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviours.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Prospect Park Hospital

Honey End Lane, Tilehurst


RG30 4EJ

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