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Community Mental Health Nurse (Band 5 Developmental or Band 6)

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
Bournemouth West Community Mental Health team have an opportunity for a Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner or newly qualified staff at Band 5 with a view to gaining training, experience, and support over a set period and with the opportunity to move into a band 6 post on successful completion.

The Adult Community Mental Health team provides recovery-focused treatment plans for those people with severe mental illness .

You will manage a caseload of patients with SMI and provide a comprehensive, accessible, and responsive mental health service to people and their families. You will be a committed, dynamic, motivated professional with excellent communication, organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise your work. You will have the support and opportunity to develop your own skills and we offer structured management supervision and a very supportive team environment.

This role is a part-time position working 37.5 hours a week within a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 timeframe, covering Central and West Bournemouth locality, based at the Hahnemann House site and will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car to travel to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community or inpatient settings.

For further details or to arrange an informal visit please contact the Team Leader on 01202 584440.

Main duties of the job

You will have recent experience working in a mental health environment and be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in your work with service users and have an awareness of the Mental Health Act.As a Community Mental Health Practitioner, you will contribute to effective multi-disciplinary working within the community mental health service and build up effective liaison with community, primary, and other secondary and tertiary services/agencies within the locality to provide holistic care based on the individual's need and service development.

You will communicate effectively in verbal and written form in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive, or contentious information in difficult situations using de-escalation, mediation, resolution, and professional Duty of Candour.

You will evaluate care, taking appropriate action leading to improvement in quality standards through clinical audit.

We would welcome applications from newly qualified nurses and we provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals.

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

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • On progression: Supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty


  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy relevant to role

Job Specific Experience


  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Experience of managing change
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • On progression: Experience of older adults Mental Health specialist working

Personal Qualities/ 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.
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas and undertaking discharge planning involving co-ordination with other agencies
  • Demonstrable ability to analyse situations and provide a resolution
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence

Additional Requirements


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.
  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Bournemouth West CMHT, Hahnemann House

Hahnemann Road



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