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Community Mental Health Practitioner (Band 5 developmental or Band 6)

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
20 Sep 2023
Older Persons Community Mental Healthteam have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner or newly qualified staff at Band 5 with a view to gaining training, experience, and support over a set period and with the opportunity to move into a Band 6 post on successful completion.

The Community Mental Health team provides recovery focused treatment plans for those people who are 65 and over with severe mental illness or who have organic mental ill health including Alzheimer's disease.

You will manage a caseload of patients with a mixture of functional and organic disorders and provide a comprehensive, accessible and responsive mental health service to patients and their families. You will be a committed, dynamic, motivated professional with excellent communication, organisational skills and the ability to prioritise your work. You will have the support and opportunity to develop your own skills and we offer a structured management supervision and a very supportive team environment.

This role is a full-time position working Monday to Friday 9 to 5 covering the Sherborne area. You will be based at The Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne and will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car to travel to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other communityor inpatient settings.

For further details or to arrange an informal visit please or call 01935 815598.

Main duties of the job

You will have recent experience of working in a mental health environment and be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in your work with service users and have an awareness of the Mental Health Act.As a Community Mental Health Practitioner, you will contribute to effective multi-disciplinary working within the community mental health service and build up effective liaison with community, primary, and other secondary and tertiary services/agencies within the locality to provide holistic care based on the individual's need and service development.

You will communicate effectively in verbal and written form in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in difficult situations using de-escalation, mediation, resolution and professional Duty of Candour.

You will evaluate care, taking appropriate action leading to improvement in quality standards through clinical audit.

To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

Provide supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare, we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives, through our outstanding, joined-up Healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 Community Hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and Mental Health services for a population of almost 800,000 people. We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'Outstanding' in 2019.

It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities. Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Person Specification



  • Qualified AHP or Mental Health Nurse
  • Experience working within mental health - either inpatient or community settings


  • Evidence of continuous professional development.



  • Evidence of working with patients with a mental illness
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments and safety planning with patients



  • Experience of working within mental health services


  • Working within a community mental health team
  • Experience of undertaking assessments and formulating care plans



  • Experience of supervising and supporting students and staff within a work setting

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Yeatman Hospital

Hospital Lane



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