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Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Advanced Mental Health Practitioner

Job Type


South East



£41,659 to £47,672

Posted Date

21 April 2023


Closing Date

1 May 2023

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 lead a small team and 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.

They will take responsibility for managing the clinical caseload as well as supervising a small staff team they will work across CRHTT West ensuring continuity of service out of hours.

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 lead a small 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 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.

The trust employs almost 5,000 people over more than 100 sites and community settings across Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

As an inclusive employer, we value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall 100 Top Employer. Whatever your background or individual needs, at Berkshire Healthcare you'll be supported by friendly and professional managers to succeed.

These are the values that we live by 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.

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Job responsibilities

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 leave
- Generous NHS pension scheme 20.68% employer contribution
- Excellent learning and career development opportunities
- Advanced IT enablement
- Cycle to Work and car leasing scheme
- Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
- Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card
- Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality
- Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseries
- Working pattern 9am 5pm Monday to Friday
- On site parking

The must haves for this role:

- Experience of working with people in MH crisis
- Ability to effectively manage and lead a small MDT.
- Car driver with the ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites
- The service is a 24/7 operation so flexibility is key to this role

If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Daren Bailey, CRHTT Service Manager on 01189605636 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
- Substantial experience of managing complex caseloads and applying a range of interventions
- Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment
- Specialist 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
- Recognised management qualification would be of benefit although 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 working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- 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 skills
- Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)


- 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

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
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Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Hillcroft House

Rookes Way


RG18 3HR

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