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CAMHS Community Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata (dependent on starting Band)
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
Are you newly qualified or an established practitioner looking to grow your career with an experienced workforce?

Bournemouth and Christchurch CAMHS have a development opportunity with a view to gaining training, experience, and support with the move into a Band 6 post on successful completion.

As a CAMHS Community Practitioner you you will be supported by a multidisciplinary team to help deliver therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families, who have been referred to Bournemouth and Christchurch CAMHS.

We offer a robust training programme and preceptorship if newly qualified.

Main duties of the job

This is a developmental role, with entry level requirements for Band 5 CAMHS Community Practitioner with progression to Band 6 CAMHS Community Practitioner with fully developed requirements (in addition to entry level) on demonstration of competencies.

You will be supported in your clinical work, and professional development, with ongoing close & supportive supervision from the Team Leader together with an agreed programme of training and development.

Having experience of working in a community mental health environment would be useful, but not essential.

You will help deliver high standards of clinical practice when working with all young people and their families/carers, in addition to liaising with relevant agencies in the delivery of care to young people and their families.

On progression you will:Provide sound interventions in the individualised packages of care for young people suffering from mental health difficulties aged 12 to 18 inclusive.

Liaise with relevant agencies in the delivery of care to young people and their families.

Provide evidence-based therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families, who are under Poole CAMHS.

To support the duty system.

If undertaking this post as development please read the job description attached.

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



  • registered practitioner to degree/diploma level
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body


  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role

Job Specific Experience


  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role


  • Experience of managing change

Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Demonstrable ability to analyse situations and provide a resolution

Additional Requirements


  • Access to a car that can be used for work purposes
  • Experience of using Information Technology processes

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Shelley Clinic

22 Tower Road



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