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Health Based Place of Safety (HBPoS) Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Health Based Place of Safety (HBPoS) Mental Health Practitioner

Full and Part time hours considered.

Are you a registered mental health nurse looking for a new opportunity to make a real difference to peoples experience of care and treatment during a mental health crisis? The Health Based Place of Safety Team, based at St Ann's Hospital in Poole are looking for positive and compassionate nurses, with excellent therapeutic engagement and assessment skills in supporting people experiencing acute distress.

The primary function of the team is to provide safe environment and care for people being detained under Section 136 of the MHA and being brought in by the Police for the purpose of a Mental Health Act Assessment.

The service operates 24/7 and shifts are over this period, including nights, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Main duties of the job

To ensure the safe and appropriate assessment, care and treatment to those brought into the HBPoS. Working closely with the clinical site managers.

To liaise with, and work alongside, a range of professionals and external agencies, including police, AMHPs, medical colleagues to facilitate the timely assessment of those detained in the HBPoS under the Mental Health Act.

To ensure all clinical and legal procedures and documentation are completed in line with Trust policy and MHA Legislation.

Successful completion of PMVA training is an essential requirement for this role.

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


  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Mentorship in Practice Qualification
  • Experience of working with adults with serious and acute episodes of mental illness.
  • Good working knowledge of legal frameworks of the Health Based Place of Safety, MHA, MCA, DOLs.

Managerial Experience


  • To supervise junior colleagues and students, and act as a role model and mentor to other clinical staff.

Additional Requirements


  • IT skills, including use of Microsoft packages, email and clinical records systems
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to lead and work in multi-professional teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


St Ann's Hospital

69 Haven Road


BH13 7LN

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