Community Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata for part time
Closing date
11 Dec 2023
Are you a reliable, committed, dynamic, and motivated professional with excellent communication, organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise work?

Blandford Community Mental Health team seeks a Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioneror a Band 5 looking to gain training, experience, and support, to then move into a Band 6 post on completion. This post offers a great opportunity for newly qualified practitioners or those working in an inpatient setting looking for a change.As a Mental Health Practitioner, you will provide care delivery which considers people's safety, privacy, and dignity. You will provide interventions, assessments, and treatments, manage patients on a caseload and plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

You will work within a supportive established integrated multi-disciplinary team. This team is made up of a Psychiatrist, Nurse prescriber, Mental Health Practitioner, Social Workers, OTs, Support Time Recovery Workers and Psychologists.

The Community Mental Health Practitioner role is full-time Monday to Friday and based in Blandford and covers the surrounding villages. You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as you will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

This role is a full time post of 37.5 hours however we would be flexible and welcome part time applications of a minimum of 30 hours

Main duties of the job

You will be supported in your clinical work, and professional development, by an experienced Mental Health Nurse, with ongoing close and supportive supervision from the Team Leader together with an agreed programme of training and development.

Having experience working in a community mental health environment would be useful, but not essential, you will need to be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery within your work with service users.If undertaking this post as development, please read both job descriptions attached for more information on the role requirements.

We welcome informal discussions and visits. Please contact Sarah Harrison, Team Leader atsarah.harrison73@nhs.netor on 01258 450610.

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


  • RMN, OT or Social worker
  • Current professional registration
  • Experience of working in Community


  • Further evidence of professional development and training.
  • Phlebotomy trained

Job specific experience


  • Experience of ICPA and Risk Assessment and Management.
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment programmes.
  • Understanding of safeguarding processes.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Working knowledge of NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Good written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills



  • Experience of using electronic patient records systems
  • Evidence of using basic IT packages

Physical health


  • Physical Health - knowledge and link with MH

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Blandford CMHT (Adult)

Blandford Hospital


DT11 7DD

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