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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum Incl HCAS
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 04 July 2024.

The post holder will work as an senior practitioner within the main Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team Hub based in Slough. The overall objective is to provide a very high standard of care to patients under the care of the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team as an alternative to an acute mental health admission.

The post holder will provide high quality and comprehensive assessments, treatment and brief, evidence-based follow up service to patients referred from the community mental health teams psych liaison service or inpatient wards

The post holder will be responsible for the formulation, execution and evaluation of a care plan, including signposting to other services. The post holder will ensure that each individual plan is developed in consultation/agreement with the service user and informed by the wider multidisciplinary team.

The post holder will operate within a multidisciplinary team and will be responsible for the delivery of care, risk management and evaluation of care, emphasising individual service user's recovery.

The post holder will be confident in taking positive risk in accordance with the Trust Policy around Risk Assessment and management.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be a member of the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team based a the main hub in Slough
  • The post holder need to have a flexible approach there are time when the post holder may be re deployed to one of the home treatment teams based in Slough, Bracknell or Windsor and Maidenhead
  • The post holder will provide assessments to patients 18+yrs, following appropriate induction and training.
  • To maintain and develop relationships with professionals external to the area of service, service users and their significant others (where appropriate) within area of service/specialism.
  • To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluation of specialist care, including evaluating the work of junior staff. And to be responsible for development and delivery of intensive crisis care plan, working collaboratively with multi-agencies to ensure service users' needs are met.
  • To formulate and design physical interventions as part of the service users care plan, ensuring that clinical policies and procedures are followed correctly and risks inherent in any procedures are minimised

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:
  • Must hold a relevant qualification either registered mental health nurse or social worker
  • Sound understanding of the acute care pathway
  • Assessment and case formulation, evidence of skills utilised to manage risk

  • Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated Outstanding by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers. For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow.

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

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Jackie Glenister on: 07795013928or email: who will be delighted to help.

    Person Specification



    • Degree in health/social care or equivalent qualification/experience
    • Registered Mental Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Allied Health Professional or Social Worker whereby the person is licensed to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for patients with mental health problems.

    Previous Experience


    • Substantial experience of managing a busy caseload or service users with a range of mental health conditions
    • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment


    • Experience of clinically supervising junior and unqualified staff and mentoring students

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the health and social care systems and operating frameworks, clinical observations and the Mental Health Act
    • Previous knowledge and experience of working in a care environment and with service users who have complex mental health needs
    • Effective and competent interpersonal, influencing, communication, observation and reporting skills
    • Strong organisational skills and the 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 outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)
    • Able 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


    • Specialist knowledge acquired through training in a specialised discipline

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to travel to multiple sites
    • Manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviours

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    New Horizons

    Pursers Court


    SL2 5BX

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