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Consultant Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Consultant Practitioner with a clinical expert in frailty looking to lead in change? We are expanding the Community Intermediate Care Teams who deliver D2A, Admission avoidance, Virtual Ward and Urgent Community Response, we want you to join and contribute to the planning and development of our integrated services.

This is an exciting time to join as we are developing our Frailty Virtual Ward in partnership with our colleagues in Dorchester County Hospital, with a 'one team' approach and the post holder will work in partnership with acute clinician's and teams to deliver the flagship service across North and West Dorset.

You will be established and confident with respect to complex clinical reasoning with a holistic approach. Be comfortable with a high degree of clinical risk taking whilst thinking outside of the box. You will have a passion to help influence and shape the future direction of the role and service. This is an exciting scope of work with a variable and developing pace of change.

This Consultant Practitioner post is a full-time role, but we would consider part time applicants with a minimum of 30 hours. The role will be based in North Dorset and you will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service across West Dorset.

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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 work collaboratively with the multi-professional team, practice autonomously, whilst being accountable and self-directed in line with the relevant code of professional conduct. There is an expectation a minimum of 50% of your portfolio will be spent in direct autonomous clinical practice, providing clinical input and/or clinical consultative sessions within a defined cohort of patients, service users and providing leadership for clinicians within this clinical area.

To lead as a driver for change, to monitor and improve standards of care, safeguarding and clinical effectiveness through supervision, evidence-based practice, clinical audit, national and international research, and education and support for professional colleagues.

Maintain and develop a local and national profile as a Consultant Practitioner being a creative and innovative leader in developing services for the relevant client group.

Advise and communicate as appropriate with acute hospitals, primary and social care and community teams ensuring seamless continuity and transfer (if appropriate) of care for patients between other health, social and third sector agencies, professionals and other care settings.

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.

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



  • Degree or equivalent level registered health practitioner



  • Evidence of recent evidence based professional development in an up to date portfolio demonstrating achievements in practice / speciality, leadership, education and service development including links to national work and standards



  • Registered non-medical prescriber (if professionally appropriate)



  • Clear and demonstrable evidence of advanced, autonomous practice in the management of patients / service users



  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training
  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team and able to demonstrate changes of practice through these
  • Able to demonstrate wide knowledge of health policy and its application in practice and evidence of developing involvement in influencing local and national standards



  • Able to demonstrate advanced skills for assessing and interpreting complex client conditions, comparing a range of options and taking appropriate action
  • Experience of co-ordinating complex activities / programmes of care with other professionals and agencies.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Blandford Community Hospital

Milldown Road


DT11 7DD

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