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Community Mental Health Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
4 May 2024
Within the Christchurch & Southbourne Community Mental Health Team, 1 position has arisen for a 12 month Fixed-term (Setember 2024 - September 2025) Band 6 Community Mental Health Nurse working on a full time basis (37.5hrs per week).

Band 6 Salary: �35,392 - �42,618 pa.

The successful candidate will work as part of an integrated team made up of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurses, Mental Health Practitioners, Social Workers, Support Time Recovery Workers, Employment Specialists, Physical Health Support Workers & Administration.

This is primarily an assessment & triage duty worker role, where you will be responsible for the assssment of patients newly referred into the service while also supporting patients currently accessing the service who call to speak to duty.

As a key member of the team, you will find the experience challenging, but rewarding and varied within the well-established and supportive team, where we have strong values about working in a patient centred manner, where their recovery and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. You can expect close working peer support and regular supervision to enable you to feel safe in your practice whilst further developing your skills.

Applications from candidates that require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are unfortunately ineligible to apply for this position

Main duties of the job

You will be a committed, dynamic, motivated professional with excellent communication, organisational skills and the ability to prioritise your work. You should 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.

We encourage you to contact us to arrange an informal visit, come and meet the team and ask us any questions about the role.

To provide a comprehensive accessible and responsive mental health service to Adults and their families within a defined locality.

To support the team and locality leader in implementation of the Dorset Healthcare Mental Health Strategy.

To continually develop clinical, team and service evaluation and delivery of service.

To contribute to effective multi-disciplinary working within the community mental health service and to 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.

The team is based close to Christchurch Hospital and BCP Council Locality Office in the BH23 region the post holder will need to have the ability to travel by car, with business insurance, as they will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community or inpatient settings.

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 with The Princes Trust to 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.

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.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Registered and valid Mental Health Nurse
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio

Job Specific


  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Risk assessment and management
  • The ability to prioritise and meet deadlines organise work of self and others supervising, teaching and assessing self-motivated with the ability to motivate others effective resource management.
  • Skills in managing complex cases.
  • Works well in a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Awareness of Primary Care and Steps to Wellbeing.
  • Able to organise and co-ordinate services during the absence of more senior staff.
  • Applies current research and theory into practice.
  • Extensive post graduate experience in working in community mental health.

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

Business travel


  • Subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Christchurch & Southbourne Community Mental Health Team

Fairmile House, Tasman Close,


BH23 2JT

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