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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
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 17 June 2024.

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.

You will be expected to travel around your allocated county (Berkshire) to hold satellite clinics and liaise with local resources in that county.

Main duties of the job

You will work within the Wokingham 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The 3 must haves for you to be considered 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

  • If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we would recommend you apply today!

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please dont hesitate to call Godfrey Karambakuwa (Joint Service Manager) or Kseniya Wimbush (Clinical Team Lead) on 0118 9890707 or via email at /, who will be delighted to help.

    Person Specification

    Training & Qualifications


    • RMN (current NMC registration)
    • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development


    • Diploma in psycho-social interventions, or similar post registration qualification relevant to the post

    Knowledge & Experience


    • Demonstrable experience of working with people who experience serious ongoing mental health problems
    • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
    • Experience of assessing and managing crisis with those with a severe mental illness


    • Experience of contributing to policy and procedure development and implementation
    • Experience of managing and supervising other staff
    • Experience of managing and monitoring budgets
    • Experience of perinatal work

    Skills & Abilities


    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to assess clinical situations quickly and use initiative
    • Good time management skills and ability to prioritise
    • Effective team worker
    • Good IT skills
    • Clinical supervision skills
    • Skills in assessment, care planning and case management
    • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
    • Knowledge of counselling skills, group skills, cognitive skills and behavioural skills
    • Knowledge of psycho-social interventions
    • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
    • Clear understanding of the Mental Health Act and National Policy
    • Ability to work as an active member of the multidisciplinary team
    • Knowledge of recent initiatives in nursing


    • Skills in CBT or family work
    • Research and audit skills
    • Group facilitation skills
    • Report writing skills



    • An understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems and their carers
    • Ability to manage stress and work under pressure
    • Ability to work to ensure effective communication both within and outside the services
    • Ability to adapt to changing environments, needs and demands
    • Act as a positive role model, dynamic, motivated caring and supportive
    • Ability to work closely and form good working relationships with a wide range of people
    • Interested in further development
    • An understanding of Safeguarding procedures


    • Personal experience of mental health problems

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Care Pathways Wokingham

    20 Denmark Street


    RG40 2BB

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