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Team Leader for At Risk Mental State Service (ARMS)

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a.
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced health professional looking for a new challenge?

Our At Risk Mental State (ARMS) team is expanding, and we have a fantastic opportunity for a Team Leader to join!

The At Risk Mental State (ARMS) is a specialist mental health service based on NICE-recommended interventions, including comprehensive psychological assessment and interventions for ARMS/ psychosis and co-existing mental health problems (depression, anxiety, emerging personality disorder, substance misuse). These are supported with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, family interventions, care coordination, social prescribing, and education/employment support.

As a Team Leader you will manage, clinically lead and coordinate a multidisciplinary team providing effective evidence based mental health care to service users with mental health needs, relatives and carers. You will contribute to effective, multi-disciplinary working within the team and maximise opportunities for effective collaboration and integration between agencies across Dorset including primary care in the best interests of the service users and carers. Ensuring this approach so that physical, mental and social agencies are working together in providing holistic care to individuals referred.

This is a full time Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00 role, opportunities may be considered for flexible working. Being a driver is essential for this role.

Main duties of the job

You will liaise and communicate effectively with all those involved in the care process, including carers and relatives, aspiring to develop and provide a seamless and integrated service to every service user seen by the team.

You will carry a small clinical caseload, and act as care coordinator, providing care management arrangements and receiving clinical supervision in line with Trust policy.

You will manage and provide support and advice to DHC staff in the management of cases, aiding their development and ensuring they are supported, and a consistent approach is adopted to patient care, whilst ensuring policy and procedures are implemented and adhered to professionally.

You will ensure service delivery is of a high professional standard and support the Service Lead, Directorate and Trust with the implementation of mental health strategy.

For further information, please contact Simon Potterton, Service Lead at or on 01202 584336.

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

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

Person Specification



  • Registered Health Professional
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent level of highly developed specialist knowledge and experience



  • Recent experience within a community CMHT role at band 6 or demonstrate transferable experience
  • Able to demonstrate specialist knowledge in clinical assessment, treatment and care for people's mental health
  • Practical experience of facilitating and managing change



  • Evidence of proactive involvement in supervision and development of members of the multi- disciplinary team
  • Demonstrable ability to prioritise effectively



  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of an organisation in both verbal and written form, for example with staff, patients, visitors or external organisations in the exchange of very highlycomplex, sensitive or contentious information, which will require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Inquisitive and eager to learn, asks questions and responds positively to change in practice/procedure. Seeks ways to improve self and others.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust



31 Slades Farm Road, Ensbury Park


BH10 4EU

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