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Bank Senior Mental Health Practitioner Community Band 6

Job Reference: J11-A-21-42347

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Bank Senior Mental Health Practitioner Community Band 6
Prospect Park Hospital
£19.96 per hour

Bank Senior Mental Health Practitioner Community Band 6

Employer: NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers

Location: Reading Community Mental Health Team, Prospect House, Prospect Park Hospital

Salary: £19.96 per hour, Bank Holiday £31.93 per hour

Job Title and Grade:Bank Senior Mental Health Practitioner Band 6

Trust: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Working Hours: Monday – Friday 09:00 -17:00

Please see the attached job description prior to applying for the role.

Our Vision and Values

Berkshire Healthcare’s vision is to provide the best care in the right place; developing and delivering excellent services in local communities with people and their families to improve their health, well-being, and independence. We pride ourselves in recruiting staff who display our values and the right behaviours and work hard to create a culture which respects all of our staff for the unique contribution they make to ensuring high quality care is delivered. Our values are:

  • Caringfor and about you is our top priority
  • Committedto providing good quality, safe services
  • working Togetherwith you to develop innovative solutions


The post holder will be responsible for the formulation, execution, and evaluation of a care plan for a designated number of patients who may present with significant complexity within a multidisciplinary team.

  • The post holder will ensure that each individual plan is developed in consultation/agreement with the patient and informed by the wider multidisciplinary team.
  • The post holder will be responsible for identifying the specific interventions and skills required from the multidisciplinary team to deliver the plan of care and expected health/social outcomes with are evidence based and lead to recovery and minimise risk.
  • The post holder will be responsible for devising a risk and safety plan with each individual patient and alerting the crisis/home treatment team services as required.
  • The post holder will operate within the principles of recovery and as such support each patient to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan and reduce dependence on Secondary Mental Health Services enabling a planned integration into local community facilities and the discharge as part of the patient’s recovery plan.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Current professional registration with an approved professional body.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the health and social care systems and operating frameworks, clinical observations, and the Mental Health Act.
  • Previous knowledge and experience of working in the community and with service users who have complex mental health needs.
  • Specialist knowledge acquired through training in a specialised discipline.
  • Knowledge and experience of applying evidence-based strategies and psycho-social interventions to effectively engage with service users and their careers.
  • Substantial experience of managing a busy caseload or service users with a range of mental health conditions.
  • At least 2 years’ experience within community Mental Health.

Please note:

From 1 April 2022 it will become a legal requirement for health and social care staff who have direct, face-to-face contact with patients/service users to provide evidence of a complete course of an authorised COVID-19 vaccine unless they are exempt.

This requirement also extends to non-clinical staff not directly involved in patient/service user care, but who may have direct, face-to-face contact with patients/service users in the course of their work.

Applicants who fall within the scope of the legal requirements will be asked to evidence their vaccination status, or valid exemption, as part of the recruitment process.


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 million each year. This money is then reinvested back into the NHS.


To Apply

For more information on the roles or details on how to join NHS Professionals, call 0333 0143679 or email:


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.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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