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Let's Connect Wellbeing Network Team Lead West

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This exciting and innovative role will support the continuing development of a service to support the wellbeing of all citizens in the community over the age of 18. It is open to those who use or have used MH services as well as people who have never used services but feel they would benefit from social contact and support. People will gain connections to others and to assets within their community if this is relevant to them.

The key areas of work are to facilitate the development of a social network for members to support their wellbeing by meeting others and making connections and friendships and will also provide one to one wellbeing mapping sessions.

You will be welcomed into an enthusiastic and creative team covering the whole of Berkshire, having a key role in furthering the development of the infrastructure of the LCWN in the west of the county and will liaise closely with the lead in the east. You will report to the LCWN service manager. This will involve having a major role in recruiting and developing a team that can perform to achieve the aims of the LCWN in line with the provision already operating across the county. The post holder will supervise and support band 5s in the team and will have direct reports. You will also be highly competent in Word and Excel and be able to work with BHFT systems and the LCWN systems confidently. You will have good understanding of the important place this work takes as a response to the CMH Framework and the NHS Long Term Plan.

Main duties of the job

  • To establish links and integrate with a broad range of BHFT teams and organisations across West Berkshire and beyond to ensure the successful growth, implementation, and development of the LCWN
  • To work confidently in different settings and at all levels, both NHS and community, to represent the LCWN.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of community assets in order to combat social isolation and loneliness.
  • To coproduce with the local community and BHFT to create a Let's Connect Wellbeing Network that is proactive and empowering for stakeholders.
  • To promote an integrated model of working supporting the development of integration at every opportunity so that local services and organisations put local people at the heart of their own recovery and movement and transitions between services become seamless.
  • To recruit, train and supervise and lead a team of workers.
  • To establish links with a broad range of BHFT teams and organisations across West Berkshire and beyond to ensure the successful growth, implementation, development of the LCWN.
  • To coproduce with the local community to create a Let's Connect Wellbeing Network that is proactive and empowering for stakeholders.
  • To promote an integrated model of working.
  • To recruit, train, supervise Senior Community Navigators
  • To work collaboratively with BHFT teams, external organisations and GPs

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 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 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
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Themust haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Experience and skills in role that would enable you to carry out the required duties to the level required in order to contribute significantly to the development of the LCWN in West Berkshire
  • Education to degree level or above in a related field or to be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and experience
  • To be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of mental health and wellbeing through direct experience, as a carer, or through a high level of work experience. Direct experience is highly valued.
  • To respond to and fulfil operational plans as required, manage delivery and ensure performance targets are met.
  • To contribute to service reviews and support other forms of monitoring and evaluation.
  • To be IT competent to a high level to fulfil the above
  • To identify areas for quality improvement within LCWN participation and lead on work to make improvements required.
  • To identify and escalate any issues within the project as appropriate.
  • To be able to foster and build relationships with the local community, practitioners and partner agencies to ensure effective co-production of the LCWN in order to include all citizens and those with Long Term mental Health Needs (LTmHN) are engaged in coproduction to ensure that local people shape the development and delivery of the LCWN through partnership working.
  • To ensure that national and local good practice is identified and is adopted both consistently and continuously.
  • To represent, as required and appropriate, LCWN is represented at external organisations/meetings in order to present the LCWN work.
  • To lead and take responsibility for making day to day decisions in relation to the LCWN (West) reporting upwards to the service manager and participating within the team.
  • To be able to drive and have use of a car for work purposes in order to travel across Berkshire, particularly, but not exclusively, West Berkshire as required
  • To be IT competent at a high level in order to do the role e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Share Point
  • If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

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.

Interviews will be held on 29 July 2024.

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: Sally Gomme on 07976 289606 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



  • Qualification (or equivalent experience) in teaching, communication or professional management qualification to degree level


  • Professional qualification in mental health e.g. Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Mental Health Nursing or direct experience work role. Other relevant qualification

Continuous Professional Development


  • Commitment to continuous professional development and willingness to undertake any training as may be required

Previous Experience


  • Significant experience of developing/setting up services for people with long term mental health needs or other ways of gaining experience to demonstrate ability at this level e.g. direct experience.
  • A proven track record of successfully managing and motivating staff and volunteers
  • Experience of delivering person centred, assets and strengths-based work.
  • Experience of working with a team of workers with direct experience, peer support and volunteers

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Experience and knowledge of the key underpinning approaches and models governing the Reading Wellbeing Network e.g. Recovery Approach, strengths-based, coproduction, person centred, inclusion
  • Comprehensive understanding of promoting the assets of people with Long Term mental Health needs (LTmHN).
  • Understanding policy context of how tackling loneliness and isolation in the community has an important role in prevention and how community resources, including its members, can promote positive health outcomes.
  • Understanding or the importance of integrated working across partners, agencies and groups
  • Leadership, self-management and adaptability skills that enable the work of the LCWN to meet the needs of the service at the highest level.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and IT skills supporting communication across multiple organisations and in public settings.
  • To be able to participate in the use and development of information systems appropriate to the needs of the LCWN culture and ethos. Also to ensure all systems are up to date.
  • Managing budgets and expenses in line with agreed guidance and limits
  • Keep up to date with published (and other methods) knowledge base for this area of work.
  • Demonstrates a high level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness and empathy in all situations. Ability to create and drive a culture of continuous improvement.


  • Ability to contribute to research if required
  • An understanding of human rights and social justice issues and the inequalities encountered by those who are most disadvantaged in British society.
  • Shows creativity and stimulates and encourages new ideas.
  • Willing to use peer and group supervision creatively.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekend sessions e.g. meetings, community events etc.
  • Holds full clean current driving licence and use of own transport for working hours.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


University of Reading, Erlegh House

Earley Gate, Whiteknights Campus



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