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Community Mental Health Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,313 to £34,094 a year p.a
Closing date
4 Jun 2024
Are you a qualified mental health nurse looking for a rewarding and challenging career? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people with mental health conditions? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our community mental health service in Bournemouth.

As a mental health nurse, you will be part of a multidisciplinary team that provides assessment, treatment, and support to adults with a range of mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, personality disorders and substance misuse. You will work with patients in their own homes, community settings and specialist units, helping them to recover and live independently while improving their quality of life.

Working in a challenging environment can be rewarding because you will have the opportunity to:

- Use your skills and knowledge to provide high-quality care to patients with complex needs

- Develop your clinical and leadership abilities through ongoing training and supervision

- Make a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of your local community

- Learn from and collaborate with other experienced and dedicated professionals

Main duties of the job

The primary role responsibility is being a dedicated mental health professional for a caseload of patients with whom you'll provide person centred targeted support to assist in aiding their holistic recovery. You will be focusing on the severely mentally ill, providing high quality care and treatment in conjunction with other professionals through the Trust's agreed multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment/ care programmes. You will need to be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in your work with service users.

You will be responsible for:

- Building relationships with patients, listening to and reassuring them

- Giving advice and arranging support for patients and their families or carers

- Administering medication and monitoring its effects

- Preparing and maintaining patient records and care plans

- Encouraging patients to engage in therapeutic activities and social events

- Liaising with other health and social care professionals to ensure coordinated care

- Identifying and managing potential risks to patients' safety and wellbeing

To be successful in this role, you will need:

- A degree or diploma in mental health nursing and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

- Experience of working with adults with mental health conditions in a community setting

- A caring and empathetic personality and excellent communication skills

- Resilience and the ability to cope with emotionally demanding situations

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 full-time post, 37.5 hours per week, part-time hours considered.

For the role of Community Mental Health Nurse/Practitioner 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.

In return at Dorset HealthCare we can offer you comprehensive structured management supervision, management you can approach any time and peer support which is second to none. In addition to this we are also happy to support you in your career by advancing your own skill set using additional learning opportunities such as NMP, ACP, and psychological therapies etc.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset, we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive �250 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

Person Specification



  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training or The Candidate is Willing to complete this course on appointment
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio


  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)



  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of Mental Health specialist working
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role

Educational Requirements / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse

Personal Qualities / Aptitudes


  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Bournemouth West CMHT, Hahnemann House

Hahnemann Road



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