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Advanced Mental Health Practitioner - Children in Care

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum, pro rata (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
Interview will be held on 9th July 2024

Staff will be working with in Bracknell, Slough and Windsor & Maidenhead alongside Local Authority teams who are working with CiC.

The CiC is being established to ensure that children who are in care receive quicker access to mental health support, by working in partnership and sharing knowledge, we hope to effectively meet the needs of children and young people in care and their carers by providing evidenced based interventions that meet their need.

The service aims to improve life chances of Children in Care, by working towards increasing these resiliency factors:
  • Supporting trauma informed care
  • Creating stability of the Child or Young person's home placement
  • CYP able to maintain a relationship with family members and work to be re-united where that is possible
  • Fostering as strong an attachment as possible with the CYP foster carers or adults responsible for their care (if in a residential setting)
  • Reaching as high as possible Education achievements
  • Creating local social networks, forming positive and meaningful relationships with peers and other adults

This is a unique opportunity to be part of and contribute to a newly developing and innovative service.

These posts supports the interface with partner agencies and specialist CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

  • Consultation - offering advice, information and support to young people, carers, and professionals
  • Providing Training to carers and professionals
  • Clinical assessments for young people.
  • High and low intensity, evidence-based therapeutic interventions (individual, group, family, as appropriate)
  • Joint working with partner agencies, including Mental Health Support Teams, Early Help, Youth Offending Teams, other Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Use of routine outcome measures to promote active participation from young people and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions
  • Supervision, as appropriate to role

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 4 must haves for this role:
  • Experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties
  • Passion for providing collaborative and evidence-based mental health care
  • Enthusiasm for multi-professional and multi-agency working
  • Ability to travel between multiple sites

If youre 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 dont hesitate to call: Matthew Prouse on 07775852630 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



  • Recognised and relevant qualification as : Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered Social Worker or Qualified Systemic Family Therapist Masters level or Qualified Psychotherapist or Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Occupational Therapist Or Speech and Language Therapist
  • Registration with NMC or HCPC or other recognised professional body


  • A supervisory qualification in the relevant professional discipline.

Previous Experience


  • Significant post-qualifying experience of undertaking comprehensive assessment of mental health needs, developing care plans and offering appropriate support based on psychological formulation of presenting difficulties.
  • Experience of working with service users with high risk presentations and undertaking risk assessment and risk management plans.
  • Experience of hard-to-reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding.
  • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment


  • Experience of working within mental health settings supporting children, adolescents and their families.
  • Experience of providing supervision or leadership to others.
  • Experience of contributing to service improvement initiatives.

Knowledge and skills


  • Knowledge and skill to assess acute mental health crisis, and deliberate self-harm at Getting Risk/Tier 3 levels.
  • Demonstrates up to date knowledge of legislation and National strategies and requirements for CAMHS
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others and to support others to develop key competencies.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment.
  • Ability to work to timescales and comfortably cope in pressurised situations, applying practical problem solving skills in everyday and complex situations
  • Ability to work autonomously and effectively in a team, reprioritising work and that of others work to reflect changing needs.
  • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, e.g. RiO MS office and internet

Additional Requirements


  • Ability and willingness to work in a flexible way including working outside of normal hours to facilitate out of hours clinics as required.
  • Able to maintain professional boundaries and conduct.
  • Supportive approach towards colleagues and service users.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated team player.
  • Able to negotiate, be confident and assertive.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CAMHS East Children in Care Se , Wokingham Hospital


RG41 2RE

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