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ARRS Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

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

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to recruit a new permanent Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, to work in the Crane Valley PCN. The role is funded through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS). Successful candidates must be experienced mental health practitioners and have experience of working in a Primary Care and/or Community Mental Health Team setting.

This is an exciting role for those who are proactive and passionate about innovation and providing high-quality care to people who have been identified as in need of mental health support in a primary care setting. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your career and skill set in a highly innovative and creative environment.

The practitioners will access and link with secondary mental health services and help provide a bridge between primary care and secondary mental health providers. This will make it easier for people accessing services to obtain the help they need.

The practitioner will be embedded as part of the Primary Care Network working across the practices which are part of the network. They will work alongside the multi-disciplinary team and be closely linked to the Community Mental Health Team and Steps to Wellbeing Service (STEPS). The Practitioner will provide triage, assessment, brief interventions and lead on development and implementation of specialist mental health training in the practice.

Main duties of the job

This new role will work collaboratively between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services as part of an Integrated Model of Care.

The intention is to focus services around local communities and local GP practices to help rebuild and reconnect healthcare teams across the communities they serve. This practitioner role will provide targeted care according to the needs of the population by supporting the PCN clinical strategy.

This role will work across an identified Primary Care Network to provide early assessment, treatment and improved access to appropriate care pathways and provide evidence-based interventions for people with mental illness.

The practitioner will facilitate onward access to other secondary care-based services, third sector services and link in with existing support services via the Primary Care Network.

If you have the skills and qualities that meet the requirements for this post we would welcome your application.

This post is full-time 37.5 hours and expectation will be for the role to be mainly based within the practices.

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 withThe Princes Trustto 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.

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

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Registered RMN, OT, Social Work or Psychologist qualification and registration to degree/diploma level plus masters degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body


  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)
  • Experience of teaching and assessing students and other members of staff

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience at Registered Practitioner Band 6 level or above
  • Evidence of risk management skills and experience.
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care for an individual or groups of patients/clients and of providing highly specialist advice
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working.

Leadership/Supervisory Experience


  • Evidence of proactive involvement in the supervision and development of members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of delivering education and training in practice.



  • Able to effectively manage available resources in the pursuit of quality service provision ensuring a safe environment

Information Technology/Resources


  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems
  • Able to analyse data and produce reports using Microsoft Excel and Word

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


The Cranborne Practice, Lake Road Surgery

Lake Road


BH31 6EH

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