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Consultant (Nurse/Social Worker/ Psychologist/ OT) MPAC

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year p.a
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We have an exciting and rare opportunity for a Multi Professional Approved and Responsible Clinician (MPAC) within our Adult Community Mental Health Service. This is open to experienced mental health professionals who are qualified or due to qualify in the next 6 months as Multi Professional Approved Clinicians.

Are you an experienced clinician ready to take the next step in your career, in an environment where you will be supported to grow and develop? In this unique role, you'll provide clinical leadership and direction to deliver specialist care to our patients. You'll work collaboratively alongside experts as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide safe, effective and compassionate care.

Weymouth and Portland CMHT is a large multidisciplinary team with a clinical team leader, 2 Band 7 specialists who co work complex cases, 8 CCO posts, dedicated duty workers, support workers and a very experienced admin team. We also have a Social workers who are part of the wider team.

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

Main duties of the job

To assess and treat own complex caseload of patients using advanced knowledge that is evidence based.

To provide expert professional advice to patients, carers and colleagues.

To undertake research in a specialist area.

To provide education and training to other staff & students

To ensure the maintenance of clinical excellence by leading, challenging and changing practice within the clinical setting

To be responsible for clinical governance, policy, service development provide expert advice on practice

To encompass the eight core competencies of an Approved Clinician (AC)

1. Comprehensive understanding of the AC role, legal responsibilities and key functions of the AC and RC role,

2. Applied knowledge of legal and policy framework/codes of practice/ NICE guidelines,

3. Assessment,

4. Treatment,

5. Care Planning,

6. Clinical Leadership & MDT working,

7. Equality and Diversity,

8. Communication. Act as Responsible Clinician for patients detained under the MHA 1983, and hold accountability for the delivery of care and clinical decisions made.

Act as a consultant to informal patients and hold accountability for the delivery of care.

To work together with the Strategic Lead to support the continual development and embedding the Multi-professional Approved Clinician roles within the Trust and provision of guidance and support for the education and development of trainee Multi-professional Approved Clinicians working to achieve Approved/Responsible Clinician status.

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.

Person Specification



  • A professional mental health qualification e.g.: RMN, BSc/Diploma in OT Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  • A current registration with a professional body i.e. NMC HCPC.
  • Trained and registered as an Approved Clinician
  • Masters level qualification in health / social care or demonstrable equivalent experience, supplemented by specialist training and/or experience to doctorate level or equivalent
  • Independent and supplementary prescribing qualification
  • Awareness of harassment, social exclusion issues and the effects of person and institutional discrimination
  • Knowledge/awareness of relevant legislation and guidance including the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS), The Community Care Act (1990), The Human Rights Act (1998)
  • Skills in assessing, planning and evaluating mental health care/treatment interventions
  • Expertise in psychosocial interventions, including relapse signatures and relapse prevention plans
  • Skills in interacting therapeutically with patients who have a range of presenting problems
  • Skills in co-ordinating complex care packages
  • An ability to work independently and within a team


  • Advanced physical healthcare assessment qualification
  • Therapeutic psychological interventions qualification



  • Minimum of 5 years post professional qualifying clinical experience in their current profession, and working at a senior clinical position (Band 7 and above
  • Experience of engaging in service development activities
  • Evidence of promoting research, evidence-based practice, clinical excellence and quality approaches to support outcome focussed care
  • Experience in facilitating learning within clinical practice
  • Ability to clinically assess mental disorder and to knowledgeably apply the statutory criteria for the key decision reserved to the RC


  • Minimum six months experience working as an AC/RC
  • Experience of working with a range of statutory and non-statutory agencies



  • Ability to administer and interpret a range of evidence based/standardised assessment tools
  • Ability to analyse complex information to solve problems and draw conclusions
  • Imagination, determination and a questioning attitude
  • An ability to assimilate new concepts and approaches to care



  • Evidence of leading effectively at a senior level in a multi-disciplinary health and social care setting (mental health)
  • Experience of managing, supervising and supporting teams


  • Previous experience of the full range of line management responsibilities, including attendance management, discipline and grievance, management of recruitment & selection, personal and career development.



  • Experience of managing budgets or having direct involvement in how money is spent to improve services



  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional, academic and public settings
  • An ability to use the internet, email and basic word-processing skills.
  • Teaching and presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Weymouth and Portland CMHT,

Radipole Road



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