ARRS Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a., pro rata for part time
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a Specialist Mental Health Practitioner for a secondment to cover maternity leave (until 22/09/2024) to work in the Sherborne Primary Care Network through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS).

This is an exciting role for those who are proactive and passionate about innovation and providing high-quality care to people who have been identified as in need of mental health support in a primary care setting. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your career and skill set in a highly innovative and creative environment.

The practitioners will be embedded as part of the Sherborne Primary Care Network working across the three practices which are part of the network. They will work alongside the multi-disciplinary team and be closely linked to the Community Mental Health Team and Steps to Wellbeing Service (STEPS). The Practitioners will provide triage, assessment, brief interventions and lead on development and implementation of specialist mental health training in the practice. The practitioners will facilitate onward access to other secondary care-based services, third sector services and link in with existing support services via the Sherborne Primary Care Network.

This is a fixed term role and for those with current NHS service, the role will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

Main duties of the job

This new role will work collaboratively between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services as part of an Integrated Model of Care.

The intention is to focus services around local communities and local GP practices to help rebuild and reconnect healthcare teams across the communities they serve. This practitioner role will provide targeted care according to the needs of the population by supporting the PCN clinical strategy.

The practitioner will facilitate onward access to other secondary care-based services, third sector services and link in with existing support services via the Primary Care Network.

If you have the skills and qualities that meet the requirements for this post we would welcome your application.

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.

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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.
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Experience of teaching and assessing students and other members of staff
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Demonstrable knowledge of legislation relevant to area of clinical practice


  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience as a registered practitioner at Band 6 level or above
  • Evidence of risk management skills and experience
  • Evidence of involvement in meeting relevant clinical governance objectives
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Evidence of involvement in the development of programmes of care, protocols and audit
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working

Leadership / Supervisory Experience


  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of delivering education and training in practice

Finance / Resources


  • Able to effectively manage available resources in the pursuit of quality service provision ensuring a safe environment

Information Technoloogy / Resources


  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Confident in the use of computer systems, spreadsheets, databases, data collection and co-ordination, word processing and report writing
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems

Personal Qualities / Attributes


  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities requiring the formulation and adjustment of plans .e.g. organising own time, co-ordination with other agencies and plans for sudden, unforeseen circumstances.
  • Evidence of skills in diplomacy, negotiation and influencing

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively
  • Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Sherborne Primary Care Network

The Grove Medical Centre, Wootton Grove



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