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Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Mental Health Practitioner

Job Type



South East



£33,706 to £40,588

Posted Date

21 April 2023


Closing Date

9 May 2023

An experienced practitioner to contribute towards maintaining our standards of high-quality care to our patients. Excellent assessment and communication skills are essential. You must be committed to older people's mental health and demonstrate a person-centred approach.

You will be enthusiastic to share your knowledge when managing and mentoring junior members of the team and a sympathetic advocate for patients, ensuring that they are supported in their preferences, their dignity is maintained, and cultural and spiritual values met. A calming influence, you will be able to deal with difficult and distressing situations professionally and with sincerity.

Main duties of the job

About the Job

- To undertake initial comprehensive assessments in a range of settings including patient's own home, considering the person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
- To ensure that all programmes of nursing care interventions are based upon the service user's individual needs and that they are consistent with the Memory Clinic Care Pathway
- To identify and select from a range of health, social and voluntary agencies which could assist and improve the care of individuals and their families.
- To participate and support on the MSNAP accreditation process
- To provide specialist consultation and advice on issues relating to the care of older people with mental health problems to other professionals within the wider care community such as Adult Social Care Service, Residential and Nursing Care Homes, Sheltered Housing, Day Centres etc.

About us

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

- AfCSalary ranging from (£33,706 - £40,588) per annum
- 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

Job description
Job responsibilities

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

- Have the relevant professional qualification
- A passion and experience of working with Older People with mental health problems
- The ability to assess risk in both routine and urgent situations
- Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

- Ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.

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.

If you recognise yourself in theserequirements,we recommend you apply today!

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please dont hesitate to call Nafera Kamara on 0118 960 5959 or email: or David Aboagye, Clinical Team Lead email: wholl be delighted to help.

Person Specification
Previous Experience

- Experience in dealing with challenging behaviour


- Experience of working with older people with mental health problems
- Two years post qualification experience
- Experience of working in the community
- Supporting and empowering carers
- Multi-agency working
- Community working experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Knowledge of mental health legislation
- Knowledge of risk assessment Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication
- Ability to deal with sensitive issues and manage conflict situations
- Intervention and outcome monitoring skills
- Able to work unsocial hours
- Ability to manage and priorities workload
- Ability to manage stress
- Ability to work on own initiative and/or with a team


- Knowledge of clinical audit/research
- Good IT skills

Additional Requirements

- Ability to drive and have the use of a car for work

Personal Qualities

- Flexible & innovative
- Proactive and dynamic
- Well organised & highly motivated
- Commitment to equal opportunity


- Registered mental Health nurse or equivalent, OT/SW
- ENB 998 or SLICE training

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).
Employer details
Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Prospect Park Hospital


RG30 4EJ

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