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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

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Competitive salary
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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Employer: NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers

Job Title:Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Grade: Band 6

Trust: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Location: The Old Forge, Wokingham

Pay Rates: £20.35 Per Hour

Hours per Week: 37.5 Monday - Friday Service Runs 09:00 - 17:00

What is special about this opportunity?

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust can provide you with a dynamic, people-centred environment, where you will be empowered to support patients with complex conditions, adopting a personalised approach to patient care that maximises independence, choice, and control, following our philosophy of enabling people to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and wellbeing.

We value our employees and put people first.

We believe in care that treats the whole person, not just the condition. We enable patients to stay at home longer and leave hospitals faster. Our community nurses work closely with members of the wider multi-disciplinary teams, including our GP's, local hospices, complex care nurses, health and social care coordinators, specialist nurses and therapist colleagues.

The NHS is changing. More emphasis on community-based care means there has never been a better time to join Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. And following our latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded 'Outstanding' as a community and mental health care provider. One of the highlights from the report states 'Staff across the trust felt valued and there was a real focus on doing what was best for staff, patients and carers and a real commitment to the delivery of good quality patient care at every level. Staff at all levels of the trust were proud to work there and morale amongst staff was good. With your experience we are looking for someone that has a passion for caring, great communication skills and the resilience to help enhance our patient's lives.


To work as an experienced member of staff in the Berkshire Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (Wokingham locality). This is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of care co-ordinators, psychologists, psychiatrists, pharmacist, STaR and IPS worker and team lead operating in a locality where there is a diverse community with a high level of integration between mental health services

Conducting assessments, medication management, providing high quality treatments/interventions in line with a NICE concordant EIP service, care co-ordination and panel applications are some of the core activities of the post. Working collaboratively with other disciplines and other teams in the locality are essential in order to ensure a comprehensive service is provided to the local population. As one of the senior members of the team the post holder will need to act as a role model and be able to manage high levels of responsibility.

This is a summary of the responsibilities associated with this post and is not intended as an exhaustive or precise definition of details and consequently will be subject to review in light of the developing services.

"Must have" responsibilities include:

To have clinical responsibility for a case load as specified by the EIP Clinical Lead.

To assess service user needs, plan effectively, monitor and evaluate interventions using evidence-based practice which is relevant to individual needs and within a framework of research and audit.

To work with carers and family members, offering carers assessments and providing support and information to them as indicated. Signposting to third sector agencies to ensure they receive appropriate advice and support. Advising them about the triggers around risk factors relating to the service user, within the boundaries of confidentiality.

To monitor; risk, progress and where necessary compliance including the service user's views to their care and treatment and when appropriate to work in partnership with the service user's family and carers. To explain and discuss medication with the service user, including side effects they may experience and the role that the medication may have in their recovery or ongoing care.

To work in partnership with the individual service user and their families and carers as appropriate to ensure the delivery of the care plan, and to enable the development of a plan to facilitate their safety, promote their well-being and support their independence and inclusion in the community, by using recognised age-appropriate self-management tools where applicable. This may include working closely with partner agencies such as voluntary sector agencies, local authority, charities, and colleges which may be able to more appropriately help the service user to meet their needs.

Who are NHS Professionals?

NHS Professionals (NHSP), owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), works in partnership with hospital trusts to provide a bank of highly skilled temporary workers who want to work flexibly within the NHS.

Working through the NHSP bank means Trusts do not have to rely on expensive agencies. Right now, we have over 130,000 members registered on our bank from various roles, grades, and specialities, saving the NHS over£70 millioneach year. This money is then reinvested back into the NHS.

In return for your hard work commitment NHS Professionals (NHSP) can offer you some fantastic benefits:
  • Build holiday allowance for every shift you work.
  • Book and manage your shifts on the go- Access shifts anywhere, anytime online or through your smartphone.

Support when you need it - 24/7 365 days -Call us anytime on 03332407552.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Please note that you will be contacted via e-mail throughout the recruitment process, so please check your e-mails regularly.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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