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Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a.
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for an experienced Mental Health Practitioner to enhance clinical skills and develop a new approach to supporting individuals within a primary care setting. This post is part of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) and will invite supporting Mid Dorset (PCN) which covers 9 GP Surgeries-Queens Avenue, The Atrium, Fordington Surgery, Prince of Wales Surgery, Poundbury Doctors Surgery and Portesham, Cerne Abbas Surgery, Milton Abbas Surgery and Puddletown Surgery.

If you are passionate about supporting individuals with their mental health and have excellent clinical skills, can work autonomously this is the job for you.

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.

Main duties of the job

Work collaboratively with practices within identified network to agree priorities for each local population.

Take a person centred care approach to enable collective decision-making with patients

Proactively and effectively engage with PCN MDT meetings to provide clinical updates.

Work closely and creatively with colleagues in Community Mental Health Teams to determine the most appropriate service for a patient whose needs exceed those which can be met in a primary care setting.

Work closely with local Community Mental Health Teams by attending Team meetings, jointly meeting patients and generally integrating with the team to help form a seamless care pathway for patients

Use complex decision-making to inform, formulate plans and manage episodes of care within a broad scope of practice.

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

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Registered RMN, OT, Social Work or Psychologist qualification and registration to degree/diploma level plus masters degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Experience of teaching and assessing students and other members of staff
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body


  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience at Registered Practitioner Band 6 level or above
  • Able to demonstrate specialist expertise and knowledge underpinned by theory acquired through CPD in relation to clinical assessment, treatment and evaluation.
  • Able to actively research for the potential to improve quality and customer care, seeking new ideas and methods to improve health care

Leadership/ Supervisory Experience


  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Able to act as a clinical supervisor and/or facilitate peer groups.
  • Evidence of delivering education and training in practice.

Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust's values and behaviours.
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.
  • Able to work independently within sphere of authority

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


30 Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2ER

30 Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2ER



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