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Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Mental Health Practitioner/Specialist Nurse

Job Type



South East



£33,922 to £40,872

Posted Date

21 April 2023


Closing Date

18 May 2023

Are you looking for a new rewarding position working alongside a fantastically supportive team who consistently rate their job satisfaction highly?

We are looking for a qualified Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist to join our very well-established Adult Eating Disorders Service team based at St Marks in Maidenhead. This is a full-time role, although part time applicants may be considered.

Our service provides assessment and treatments for Adults across Berkshire and you will be part of our Outreach team supporting our patients both at home and in clinics in Maidenhead and Reading.

You will have good interpersonal and communication skills as you will be providing motivational and emotional support to a variety of high need clients.

As a service we are very committed to our staff with clear training and opportunities for career development.

Your base will be St Marks in Maidenhead, SL6 6DU (where we offer free parking) but you will also be expected to visit clients in their own home. The working pattern for this role is Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 17:00pm, with some flexibility for homeworking.

Qualified but not working at band 6 level yet? We want to hear from you too!

If this is a career path or team you would be interested in joining, then please contact us to discuss whether you could apply for a development post.

Main duties of the job

- Provide clinical care and support to adult patients with eating disorders to help them work towards recover
- To organise and conduct regular care plan reviews for patients
- Communicate effectively with other professionals and teams involved in our patients' care
- To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients with the Outreach Team

The 4 "must haves" for you to be considered for this role:

- Professional qualification at Diploma / Degree level in relevant fields
- Full UK driving license with access to vehicle as you will need to visit clients in their homes
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- A desire to make a positive contribution to improving the quality of life for people with eating disorder

If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

If you would like more information about the role, please contact the Outreach Team Lead or the clinical Team Lead who'll be delighted to hear from you

About us

Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.

For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow. Some of the benefits of joining our team:

- Salary ranging from £33,922 - £40,872 per annum (incl of HCAS)
- Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
- Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
- Excellent learning and development opportunities
- Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
- Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
- Advanced IT enablement and support
- Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
- And so much more

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.

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Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

- Relevant Mental Health Qualification eg. RMN, SROT, Social worker, dietician or other allied health professional


- Relevant and recognised specialist post registration training

Continuous Professional Development

- Evidence of on-going professional development

Previous Experience

- Recent Clinical Experience
- Experience of working within the context of MDT care
- Experience in Eating Disorders
- Experience of clinically supervising junior staff

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Case Management skills, or willingness to develop
- Recent clinical experience in Eating Disorders


- Specialist knowledge of current DOH documents/government legislation and recommendations e.g. National Service Frameworks , NICE guidelines
- Willingness to undertake further training and develop expertise in agreed areas

Additional Requirements

- Ability to effectively manage challenging behaviour and or conflict with patients
- Driving licence and access to vehicle in work hours


- Ability to demonstrate recent innovative practice and service development

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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