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Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: J11-A-21-37093

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Placement (Job Ref 614)
Band 6

Bank Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Employer: NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers

Location: Royal Berkshire Hospital Salary: £19.96 - £23.44

Long Term Placement: 3 Months (then reviewed)

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

Job Title:Bank Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Grade: 6 or 7

Trust: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Location: Royal Berkshire Hospital

Pay Rates: £19.96 per Hour Band 6 and £23.44 per Hour Band 7

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

What is special about this opportunity?

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 our staff for the unique contribution they make to ensuring high quality care is delivered.

Requirements for this role:

Experienced in Older Adult Mental Health, preferably having experience in liaison psychiatry.


The post holder will be joining a well-established team working with older adults (65+) admitted to Royal Berkshire Hospital (working hours Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, full-time, permanent). The team supports patients in the Emergency Department as well as all medical wards across the hospital. Patients are primarily presenting with mental health or cognitive difficulties in the context of declining physical health and/or neurological or neurodegenerative conditions. The nature of the work is varied and dynamic and there are many opportunities to develop close working relationships with specialist departments, including diabetes, heart failure, oncology, stroke, care of the elderly and palliative medicine.

The post is placed within a supportive multidisciplinary team of mental health practitioners, including psychiatric nurses, psychologists, social workers, and consultant psychiatrists. The older adult service (65+) is a small team, working alongside the adult (18-65) psychological medicine team as part of the Psychological Medicine Service within Royal Berkshire Hospital. The overall service is an established CORE 24 service as part of NHS 10-year plan and is currently accredited with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The post would be best suited to a senior practitioner with either community or inpatient older adults experience, who is passionate about providing mental health care for older people and brings with them a strong interest in innovation and managing mental health in the context of physical health difficulties and/or declining cognition.

The role would best suit a practitioner from a mental health nursing, or a therapeutic background. They will be employed by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as the provider of mental health services in Berkshire and hold an honorary contract with Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

RESPONSIBILITIES: (Included but not limited to)

  • To be responsible for the mental health care of patients admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
  • To undertake comprehensive initial assessments of the mental health needs of older people who are currently receiving treatment for physical health problems within a general hospital setting considering their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.
  • To have expert knowledge of a variety of assessment and screening tools e.g., MMSE, MOCA, GDS, HADS etc.
  • To plan, facilitate, deliver, and evaluate specialist person-centred care and treatment for older people with mental health problems in the context of their physical health and current admission, and where appropriate include the views of their family and carers.
  • To participate in joint assessment and care planning for older people with mental health needs within a general hospital environment.
  • To provide short term mental health interventions to older people referred to Psychological Medicine.
  • To provide counselling and emotional support to patients referred.
  • To communicate with, educate and support carers as required.
  • To offer consultation and highly specialist advice to colleagues from the general hospital multi-disciplinary team, regarding appropriate treatment and management of older people who present with mental health problems in the context of declining physical 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

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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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