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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Community MH Team (Elderly)

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 Per Annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
Are you an experienced, registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, or Social Worker seeking a rewarding community-based role with a Monday-Friday, 9-5pm working pattern? Come and join us in our CQC rated 'Outstanding' Trust! We're on the lookout for someone with specialist expertise in the care of older people to join the Community Mental Health Team (elderly) where we provide mental health care to older people with mental health conditions alongside co-existing physical health challenges.

In this role your experience in Community Mental Health Team settings will be invaluable as you deliver personalised care and treatment, adhering to established pathways including the Dementia Pathway and NICE guidelines.

You will need to have excellent communication and people skills and ideally, you'll have a good understanding of Mental Health Framework and legislation, the Mental Health Act & the Mental Capacity Act as well as Clinical Risk policies and procedures.

Joining us means being embraced by a supportive team dedicated to fostering a progressive, welcoming, and empathetic environment. While most team meetings are currently held virtually, occasional in-person gatherings for meetings, training, or other service-related matters may be required in the future.

Based at Nicholson House in Maidenhead, your days will be spent conducting client visits in the local community, making a car essential for your appointments.

Main duties of the job

  • Undertaking initial, comprehensive assessments in a range of settings including patient's own home, taking in to account the person's physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.
  • Developing an agreed care plan with the service user and where appropriate include the view of the families and carers.
  • To monitor and evaluate the agreed care plan, making adjustments as appropriate in collaboration with the wider team by reporting in review or at CPA meetings.
  • Managing your own caseload, working collaboratively with other disciplines from both statutory and voluntary sectors.
  • Responding to acute psychiatric problems and able to take new referrals.
  • To have knowledge of a variety of therapeutic interventions e.g. short term problem solving, crisis intervention and basic CBT techniques.
  • Participating actively in Service Development contributing to projects/plans aimed at improving and maintaining and quality of care.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a 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 including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Registered Mental Health nurse or equivalent.
  • Two years post qualification experience.
  • Ability to drive and have a car for use at work

  • Applications for this role will be considered on a first come first serve basis and the vacancy may close early if a suitable applicant is found. Please apply now to ensure your application is considered.

    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: Gbolahan Lamuye on 01189047300 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


    • ENB 998 or SLICE training

    Previous Experience


    • Two years post qualification experience
    • Experience in dealing with challenging behaviour


    • Experience of working with older people with mental health problems
    • Experience of working in the community
    • Supporting and empowering carer
    • Multi-agency working
    • Community working experience

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Knowledge of mental health legislation
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication
    • Ability to deal with sensitive issues and manage conflict situations
    • Intervention and outcome monitoring skills
    • Able to work unsocial hours
    • Ability to manage and prioritise workload
    • Ability to manage stress
    • Ability to work on own initiative and/ or with a team


    • Good IT skills

    Personal Qualities


    • Flexible & innovative
    • Proactive and dynamic
    • Well organised & highly motivated
    • Commitment to equal opportunity

    Additional Requirement


    • Ability to drive and have a car for use at work

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Nicholsons House

    Nicholsons Walk


    SL6 1LD

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