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Older Adult Community Mental Health Nurse/ Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to recruit a Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner to work in Shaftesbury for the Community Mental Health Team for Older People and join our well established team. If you are a RMN or OT with experience working with people suffering severe mental illness whether this be inpatient or community based we would love to hear from you.

The Service is a specialist team providing assessment, treatment and support for individuals suffering from organic and functional mental health illness. Experience of working with older adults with organic / functional mental illness in an inpatient or community setting would be an advantage. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and hard-working, with a positive approach to delivering high quality care to the older adult and be willing to work collaboratively with carers and other professionals. You will carry a defined caseload and manage this with the support of the team leader and the widerteam.

There will be opportunities for you to develop your own clinical assessment skills, whilst risk assessment and management will remain at the forefront of everything you do. This role in North Dorset will provide a varied experience working across an urban and rural demographic locality.

Main duties of the job

We work with a multitude of services across the Shaftesbury area to ensure the mental health needs of the older adult population is met.

This job is challenging, being a very busy CMHT so if you're ready for this then we are looking for someone who is reliable, committed and motivated with excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise their caseload balancing service demands. In return we are ready to offer you comprehensive and structured management supervision, management you can approach any time and peer support which is second to none.

The trust has a robust Crisis and Home Treatment Team and Intermediate Care Service for Dementia (ICSD), both based in Rural West Dorset that also covers the North Dorset locality.

The post holders will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary team. This team is made up of a Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nursing staff and Support Time Recovery Workers.

The primary role responsibility is to act as dedicated Care Coordinator for a caseload of patients with whom you would provide person centred, holistic care to assist in aiding their wellbeing and recovery.

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.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio

Job Specific Experience


  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Experience of older adults Mental Health specialist working
  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level


  • Experience of managing change
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Applies current research and theory into practice.

Information Technology


  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Westminster Hospital

Abbey Walk



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