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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,313 to £34,094 a year p.a.
Closing date
22 Jul 2024
Are you an innovative, creative, motivated caring professional who is looking for a new challenge? We have an exciting opportunity to join our well established Bridport Community Mental Health Team. We welcome applications from newly qualified as a registered professional and require preceptorship.

As a Mental Health Practitioner you will act as a Care Coordinator for a dedicated caseload of patients suffering with Serious Mental Illness with whom you would provide person centred, evidence-based, targeted interventions to aid recovery. You will have a working knowledge of current biopsycho-social models of care and understand how to implement such interventions with your patients to promote optimum health and wellbeing. You will be provided with regular clinical and peer supervision.

The team work collaboratively, you will have the support and opportunity to develop your own skills in evidence-based therapeutic interventions in the psychological therapies as well as advanced nursing.

The Mental Health Practitioner role is a Full Time permanent position, and covers the Bridport, Lyme Regis and surrounding areas. You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as you will be required to review and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings. Opportunities for flexible working are available as long as the service needs are me

Main duties of the job

You will work closely within our Integrated Multi Disciplinary Team that consists of Consultant Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, an Occupational Therapist, Social Workers, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Support Time Recovery Workers, a Physical Health Worker and our Psychology Team. There will be a good deal of work with multiple professionals across a wide range of services.

You will have the opportunity to act as a mentor, assist with induction and in-service training of staff when necessary. As a Mental Health Practitioner maintaining and developing effective links and sound communication with the Inpatient and Crisis Service, particularly in respect of aftercare of discharged patients and ensuring good communications with relatives and other visitors.

Any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Maxine Hitchcock by email or phone 07824456777. Informal visits are welcomed to come and meet the team.

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.

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 Mental Nurse / Occupational Therapist/Social Worker
  • Valid registration with NMC or equivalent body
  • Evidence of continuous professional development

Job Specific Experience


  • Competent with the safe administration of depot preparation injection technique
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Proven communication skills (written and oral)
  • Skills in managing complex cases
  • Works well in a multi-disciplinary team


  • Competent computer skills, experience inputting information on RIO
  • Awareness of Primary Care and Steps to Wellbeing.
  • Applies current research and theory into practice
  • Knowledge of clinical Governance and a commitment to clinical supervision.
  • Extensive post graduate experience in working in community mental health
  • Working experience of using the Care Programme Approach
  • Inter-agency working.

Business Travel


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business. - Level 1

Additional requirements


  • 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


Bridport Hospital

Hospital Lane



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