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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Interviews will be held on 23 July 2024.

This is an Advanced Mental Health Practitioner role within a busy Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to liaise directly with a variety of other professionals and agencies to gather the necessary clinical information to support their clinical decision making and an informed assessment to patients in mental health crisis. They will work directly with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team to offer a specialist response to people who are at their most vulnerable and experiencing a mental health crisis. In addition, the successful applicant will hold excellent verbal communication skills and have the ability to support other agencies with referral options and clinical decision making.

Main duties of the job

  • To have the key skills and competencies to provide high quality Psycho-Social assessment with the ability to undertake robust risk assessment and gatekeeping in the community?
  • To have a level of commitment and drive to work as part of a team in providing Home Treatment to people during this difficult period in their lives
  • Working in a team of professionals caring for those in mental health crisis.
  • Work flexibly in response to service needs across multiple sites.
  • Take responsibility for case management of those with Complex MH needs.
  • Supporting colleagues in the delivery of compassionate, safe and structured care
  • Plan and provide treatment in collaboration with others as appropriate

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

The must haves for this role:

1. Experience of working with people in MH crisis

2. Ability to effectively manage challenging behaviours and or conflicts

3. Car driver with the ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites

4. Be able to work a shift pattern involving long days, weekends and nights .

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: Anita Onovo, CRHTT Clinical nurse Specialist on 08001299999 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



  • Degree in health/social care or equivalent qualification/experience
  • Knowledge and experiencing of managing situations concerning safeguarding, risk management, complaints and investigations
  • Registered Mental Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Allied Health Professional or Social Worker whereby the person is licensed to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for patients with mental health problems.
  • Experience of operating successfully within the Care Programme Approach
  • Experience of managing complex caseloads and applying a range of interventions
  • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment


  • Knowledge acquired through training in a specialised discipline of healthcare, preferably mental health, although not essential
  • Experience of clinically supervising junior and unqualified staff and mentoring students, qualification attained in mentoring would be ideal but not essential

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through attendance at non-Mandatory Training events, workshops, seminars, conferences.
  • Evidence of identifying personal development needs within the Appraisal process or supervision

Previous Experience


  • Experience of managing a busy caseload or service users with a range of mental health conditions
  • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment


  • Experience of clinically supervising junior and unqualified staff and mentoring students

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Knowledge and understanding of the health and social care systems and operating frameworks, clinical observations and the Mental Health Act
  • Previous knowledge and experience of working in a care environment and with service users who have complex mental health needs
  • Effective and competent interpersonal, influencing, written and verbal communication, observation and reporting kills
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to analyse situations and be able to make the right decisions
  • Able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others as well as being able to cope with distressing circumstances
  • Ability to cope in a pressurised environment and apply practical problem solving skills in everyday situations
  • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)
  • Able to work flexibly on a shift pattern as required and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position
  • Ability to work effectively in a team, work on own initiative, work unsupervised and manage own workload

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel to multiple sites
  • Manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviours

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Prospect Park Hospital

Honey End Lane


RG30 4EJ

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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