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Community Mental Health Nurse/Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year p.a.
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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At Dorset Healthcare our aim is to be an innovative and responsive provider, delivering high quality integrated care to make a positive difference to the health, well-being and independence of the people that we support in the Christchurch & Southbourne locality.

Within the Christchurch & Southbourne Community Mental Health Team, an opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 RMHN or Mental Health Practitioner working five days per week. This post is initially fixed for 12 months. The post holder will work as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team. The team is made up of Psychiatrists, Nurses, Psychologists, Employment Specialists, Physical Health Worker, Social Workers, Admin and Support Time Recovery Worker. This is primarily a care-coordination role, where you will be responsible for supporting patients on their journey of recovery.

You will be a committed, dynamic, motivated professional with excellent communication, organisational skills and the ability to prioritise your work. You should have recent experience of working in a mental health environment and be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in your work with service users.

As a key member of the team, you will find the experience challenging, but rewarding and varied within the well-established and supportive team in Christchurch & Southbourne CMHT.

Main duties of the job

We encourage you to contact us to arrange an informal visit, come and meet the team and ask us any questions about the role.

To provide a comprehensive accessible and responsive mental health service to Adults and their families within a defined locality.

To support the team and locality leader in implementation of the DHUFT Mental Health Strategy.

To continually develop clinical, team and service evaluation and delivery of service.

To contribute to effective multi-disciplinary working within the Community Mental Health Service and to build up effective liaison with community, primary, other secondary and tertiary services and agencies within the locality to provide holistic care package based on individual's need and service development.

The team is based close to Christchurch Hospital and BCP Council Locality Office; the post holder will need to have the ability to travel by car as they will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

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.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level supplemented by post registration diploma level specialist training and/or short courses or demonstrable extensive experience in the relevant specialty
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
Job Specific Essential
  • Experience at a band 6 level
  • Experience of specialist working
  • Able to demonstrate clinical skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding intervention/treatment/risk management
  • Evidence of risk assessment/management skills
  • Driving licence (with use of own vehicle)
  • Experience within a comparable role
  • Experience of duty work role
  • Experience of care co-ordination role
  • Experience/interest in group work
Experience of working within mental health settings Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working within a community or inpatient setting with MH patients.
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • The ability to prioritise and meet deadlines; organise work of self and others; supervising, teaching and assessing; self-motivated with the ability to motivate others; effective resource management.
  • Competent computer skills, experience inputting information on RIO.
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Evidence of ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to organise and co-ordinate services during the absence of more senior staff.

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