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Advanced Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 16 July 2024.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Practitioner to join a well-established, dynamic team working within the Adults Community Mental Health Team in Slough.

The Slough Community Mental Health Team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of social workers, community mental health nurses, consultant psychiatrists, psychological therapists, occupational therapists, community support workers, employment specialists, and administrators/reception staff. The CMHT is jointly funded by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Slough Borough Council. The main aim of the team is to provide a range of treatment interventions including medication and psychological therapies to support adults with significant mental illnesses in the community, as well as their carers, and to coordinate the services they receive.

The post would be best suitable for someone with experience of working in an Adult mental health setting. You would need to have significant experience of working with people with mental illness and applying a range of interventions. The post holder would be required to work in collaboration with service users and their families/carers.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing continued clinical advice, training, and supervision to a group of staff operating in the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Liaising with, developing, and maintaining a working relationship with other services in the locality, to ensure the safe and effective transition of clients between different services.
  • Directing and supporting the team's allocation of new patients, including risk assessments, formulation, and recommendations for ongoing care and/or transfer to the most appropriate care pathway.
  • Responsibility of own caseload of clients presenting with complex mental health needs.
  • As this is a varied role, you will be expected to undertake a range of other responsibilities too.

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:
  • Mental health practitioner experience ideally within Adult mental health and professional registration with an approved Nursing professional body
  • Leadership or management qualification, or equivalent experience
  • Experience of working with adult mental illness and applying a range of interventions
  • Experience of relevant legislation (i.e. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act) and their application in practice

  • 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 you're 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 don't hesitate to call: Debra Broderick, Head of Service, on 01753 690950 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

    Education/Qualifications/Train ing


    • Current professional registration with an approved professional body
    • Leadership or management qualification, or equivalent experience
    • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


    • Where professionally applicable, teaching and mentoring experience or course

    Previous Experience


    • Significant experience of working with people with mental ill health and applying a range of interventions.
    • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
    • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community environment
    • Working in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment


    • Experience of managing complaints and SI investigations
    • Mentoring students on practice placement
    • Quality improvement activities

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based practice in caring for patients in the designated field
    • Understanding of relevant legislation (eg. Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Care Act 2014)
    • Evidence of an understanding of the Care Programme Approach and its application in practice
    • Detailed understanding of safeguarding and its application of practice
    • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and IT


    • Experience and understanding of clinical risk assessment and management and its application in practice
    • To demonstrate an understanding of Clinical Governance and its application in practice
    • Understanding of psychological models of care and treatment

    Additional Requirements


    • Car User

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    CMHT Slough

    New Horizons, Pursers Court


    SL2 5BX

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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