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Job Summary

We are looking to recruit internationally trained mental health nurses, who currently reside within the UK. Initially you will start employment as a healthcare support worker, whilst we enrol you onto our OSCE preparation programme. Once successfully completed and your PIN has been attained you will start as a mental health nurse. This will therefore mean you will start on a band 4 salary until you have received your PIN, at which point you will then progress to band 5.

Essential criteria for application to this Nursing programme:

  • Already residing in the UK
  • Passed your English-speaking test (IETLS or OET)
  • Passed your CBT (computer-based theory)
  • Possess a relevant mental health nursing qualification

Within your application, please declare within the “Supporting information” how you meet the specifications previously stated, along with your understanding of what is required to work as a mental health nurse and why you feel you would be suitable for this post.


Main duties of the job

Driven by your passion for delivering exceptional care, to our patients based within the wards of Prospect Park Hospital providing them with the highest quality mental health nursing.

Services you may be considered for;

  • Adults mental health
  • Older adults mental health

We have opportunities in the following localities:

  • Reading

What a typical week looks like for most of our locations (these may differ slightly depending upon the locality offered):

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • One weekend every four weeks (Time off week)
  • Late Shift: 11.00am – 7pm

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, we’re committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer. We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you’ll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Benefits of working for us include:

  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance including part-time offerings
  • Highest paid mileage in the area
  • 27 days’ annual leave for new starters rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Training and support programmes to develop your skills and support your progression
  • ‘Cycle to Work’ and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites


Job description

Job responsibilities

The 3 must haves for you to be considered for this role:

  1. You must already reside within the UK
  2. A qualified mental health nurse who has already passed their English speaking (IELTS or OET) along with their CBT
  3. Reasonable level of fitness required
  4. Complete application, with the above clearly stated, along with an order of preference for working on either a ward for adults or older adults.

Person Specification



  • Qualified mental health nurse


Previous Experience


  • Previous experience working in a mental health care setting

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care
  • Ability to identify risks and act accordingly with regard to safety of oneself, patients and others using the appropriate aids
  • Able to demonstrate use of own initiative and ability to work alone
  • Ability to demonstrate organisational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to participate in standard setting and audit


  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of LTC’s and the concept of self-management

Additional Requirements


  • IT skills – including Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes
  • Able to work flexibly across 7-day service requirement
  • CBT in mental health
  • English Language profficiency
  • Full complete application

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.

Closing Date: 12 October 2024#


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