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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 18 June 2024.

Are you an experienced Mental Health Practitioner, looking for your next role? Why not join Psychological Medicine Service based at Royal Berkshire Hospital, a 24 hour service shift work? Royal Berkshire Hospital Psychological Medicine Service (PMS) is an established CORE 24 service as outlined by NHS England. The team is also accredited with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The role of the Senior Mental Health Practitioner within this service is to provide an assessment service to people who are referred to PMS from the Emergency Department and from the acute admission wards at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

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

As an experienced mental health practitioner the post holder will direct and students and resources within their area of responsibility.

If you are interested in this role, we recommend you apply today!

Main duties of the job

For a full list of duties, please refer to the attached Job Description.

The post holder will be a member of the Psychological Medicine Service and as such will be working across the hospital, covering shifts over a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation as set out in its operational policy.
  • The post holder will provide assessments to patients, 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. 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.

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:

1. RMN or equivalent Professional Qualification.

2. Minimum 1 year post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.

3. Able to evidence good communications and prioritisation skills.

4. Evidence of ability to undertake good assessment, risk assessment and management.

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 youre 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 dont hesitate to call: Suzanne Barclay on 07890606956 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



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or equivalent professional registration
  • Evidence of relevant post registration training and development

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuous professional development

Previous Experience


  • Minimum 1 year post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
  • Community and in-patient experience in mental health services.
  • Considerable experience in the assessment and management of clinical risk.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Very good understanding of the mental health needs of adults
  • Specialist knowledge of person centred care and its application.
  • Working knowledge of the policies and guidelines pertinent to the planning and delivery of care to adults with mental health needs.
  • Recovery focused practitioner able to apply recovery principles to adults and older people
  • Clear understanding of psychotropic medication and the monitoring of effects and side effects.

Additional Requirements


  • Recognise peoples' right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Ability to represent the team / service / Trust in a professional manner.


  • Positive approach to older adults
  • Ability to travel independently.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


West Psychological Medicine Service

Royal Berkshire Hospital, London Road



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