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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Nurse / Social worker or OT looking for a change, perhaps you are wanting to be a part of something new and exciting? Are you keen to develop your career with a group of likeminded professionals?

The service has recently undergone a sensational transformation creating new posts across the CAMHS Rapid Response team in Reading.

As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner you will offer high-quality mental health assessments and short-term intervention to young people experiencing mental health crisis. You will work closely with the wider CAMH services in Berkshire as well as local authority, education colleagues and other services as required.

Excitingly, we are now performing a 24 hour service for our clients which means you will be required to work some evenings and weekends on a rota basis.

You will need to have excellent communication skills as well as a compassionate nature to ensure you are giving your full support to both patients and their families.

As a service we are very committed to the development of our staff and can offer both internal & external training and development opportunities with this role.

Main duties of the job

  • Complete comprehensive psychosocial crisis assessments for young people who have presented in crisis.
  • Offer short term intervention to stabilise the crisis (follow up appointments, multi-agency consultation-liaison)
  • Identify ongoing care plan needs for young people and their families to ensure they are referred to appropriate services.
  • Maintain and develop key relationships with professionals external to the area of service, as well as patients and their families
  • To be responsible for the accurate maintenance of clinical record keeping and ensuring all systems, records and data are stored and transferred correctly

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:
  • A degree in relevant field as well as a core profession eg Social worker, Nurse, OT
  • Experience in working with mental health and complex needs
  • Demonstrable skills in mental health assessments and formulation
  • Full UK driving license with access to a vehicle

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: Emma Mapes on 0300 365 1234 or email: Emma.Mapes@berkshire.nhs.ukwholl 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 below: 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
  • 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 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 Rapid Response

25 Erleigh Road



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