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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/08/2021.

Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: J11-A-21-31470

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Long Term Placement (Ref 516)
Band 6

The Wokingham Community Older Adults Mental Health Team is looking for an enthusiastic, caring and highly motivated Senior Mental Health Practitioner ( Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Nurse) to join our friendly and innovative Home Treatment Team.

Your base would be Wokingham Community Hospital where we have access to free parking facilities, staff room and a friendly and welcoming team. There is also the opportunity to work remotely and a balance of the two would be encouraged.

The Home Treatment Team is a multi-disciplinary team with specialist skills in caring for older people with mental health needs in the community. The post holder will take responsibility for the assessment and implementation of intensive care and treatment in the homes of people with functional mental health problems, as well as people with dementia.

Band 6 Rate -

Day Rate - £20.35 per hour

Night/Sat Rate - £26.16 per hour

Sun/Bank Holiday Rate - £31.97 per hour

Location: based at Wokingham Community Hospital

Shifts/Hours: Monday to Friday, flexible working hours between 09:00 to 17:00

Length of role: ASAP until 09/05/2022

The successful candidate must display a passion and understanding for working with Older
People, appropriate training and support will be provided as needed.

The post holder will be well supported and guided by the Clinical Team Lead as necessary and have day to day responsibility for their own allocated caseload and HTT caseload. They will act as a keyworker assessing the patient’s needs and providing high quality mental health interventions appropriate to the individual, including care management. As an integrated service there are care management responsibilities. Knowledge of appropriate legislation such as the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act is key to this post


  • The successful candidate will be responsible for managing their own case load, monitoring the mental health needs of patients and working alongside their carers and assessing care needs under the Care Act. Knowledge of appropriate legislation such as the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act is key to this post.
  • To undertake initial, comprehensive assessments in a range of settings following acceptance of referral, taking into account the person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • To develop an agreed plan of care with the service user and where appropriate include the view of the families and carers.
  • 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 initiate and carry out the agreed treatment plan.
  • To monitor and evaluate the agreed care plan, making adjustments as appropriate in collaboration with the wider team.
  • To have knowledge of a variety of therapeutic interventions including short term problem solving, crisis intervention and basic CBT techniques.
  • To develop and maintain effective liaison and communication with external agencies such as GP, acute hospitals and the local authority.
  • To participate actively in Service Development to enhance quality of care.
  • To develop and lead relevant education programmes for formal and informal carers as a means of enhancing standards of care in the locality.
  • 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 Residential Homes, Sheltered Housing, Day Centres etc.
  • To maintain accurate clinical documentation as per guidance.
  • To ensure adherence to Trust policies in relation to CPA AND Risk Assessment.
  • To develop one area of specialist interest within the work of Department of Old Age Psychiatry.

As an equal opportunities organisation, NHSP is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective bank members and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply.

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.

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