Community Mental Health Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year p.a., pro rata for part time
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Dorset HealthCare's Community Mental Health Teams are seeking Mental Health Nurses to join our well established team in meeting the needs of our service users. If you are a RMN with experience working with people suffering severe mental illness whether this be inpatient or community based we would love to hear from you!

You will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary team made up of a several Psychiatrists, trainee Doctors, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, Support Time Recovery Workers, Occupational Therapist, Carers officer and a Employment Specialist.

The primary role responsibility is being a dedicated Care Coordinator for a caseload of patients with whom you'll provide person centred targeted support to assist in aiding their holistic recovery. There are opportunities for you to advance you own clinical assessment skills whilst risk assessment will remain at the forefront of everything you do. Alongside this there will be duty working and assisting in the completion of regular clinics i.e. depot, Clozapine and physical health. You should have recent experience of working in a mental health environment and will need to be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in your work with service users.

Main duties of the job

This post has become available at a very exciting time. We have made significant investment available to review and reconfigure community mental health services and this is taking place right now via the Mental Health Integrated Community Care Project (MMHICC). You'll have the opportunity to participate in the project shaping our future services.

Pay matching:If you're a ward based band 5 working shifts with enhancements, we can ensure you don't take a pay cut when you take on a band 6 Mon-Fri 9-5 by starting you at a pay point within band 6 that matches your previous average income. Please make sure you mention this at the time of your interview.

You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as they will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

This is a full-time post, 37.50 hours per week.

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.

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


1.1 To complete assessments, plan, implement and evaluate specialist treatment and care to people on an allocated caseload; promoting independence and autonomy; working within a multi-disciplinary team.

1.2 Advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence through advanced educational programmes.

1.3 Provide highly specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients/service users

1.4 Devise specialist programmes of care for other professionals to deliver and ensure they are delivered appropriately.

1.5 To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures.

1.6 Plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

1.7 Where appropriate to profession, Independent Non-Medical / Supplementary prescriber, able to take a history, assess, examine, diagnose and prescribe and develop a management plan including medication and monitor response to medication.

1.8 Recognise, assess and manage risk across the immediate and wider working environment and make appropriate decision autonomously ensuring statutory requirements are met.

1.9 To be responsible for patient safety through knowledge of systems, legal requirements and understanding of litigation.

1.10 To 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.

1.11 To evaluate care, taking appropriate action leading to improvement in quality standards through clinical audit, root cause analysis and dealing with complaints.


2.1 To inspire teams and demonstrate leadership qualities through delivery of a specialist service, working with others, demonstrating personal qualities, continuous service improvement, and setting direction.

2.2 Support the management of change through strategic thinking, use of negotiating skills, self-awareness and communication.

2.3 Act as a role model and promote the Trust Behaviours of being proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy.


3.1 To provide peer support to and receive peer support from other colleagues.

3.2 To provide regular advice/guidance/support to more junior staff.

3.3 To be responsible for teaching and assessing in clinical practice.

3.4 To participate in the development and delivery of specialist training.

3.5 To provide clinical supervision and mentor junior members of the team.


4.1 The post holder if required will be an authorised signatory for expenses in accordance with the limits determined within the Scheme of Delegation, namely up to £1,000 per month.

4.2 To be responsible for the maintenance and ordering of stock for sphere of activity.


5.1 Participate in surveys, regular audits, and clinical trials relevant to role as required

5.2 To take responsibility for keeping abreast of developments and research relevant to specialist clinical work and the profession.


6.1 Responsible for contributing to the development of policies, procedures and practices applicable to their specialism and for policy implementation.


7.1 To maintain and ensure the highest quality of recording of patient data into the relevant record system in line with professional guidance and Trust Policy.

7.2 Analyse data and provide high quality reports relevant to role using Trust record systems using Microsoft Office components such as Word and Excel.


8.1 Ensure that personal performance meets job requirements, Professional Codes and standards, Trust and post competency standards at all times.

8.2 Ensure the required level of IT competence required for the role to process, record, evaluate, analyse and report data.

8.3 Demonstrate commitment to the role and to service improvement through developing relationships with Commissioners, innovative thinking and small scale project management.

8.4 Challenge poor practice and take appropriate action making full use of current support systems.

8.5 Provide a positive, compassionate role model to junior staff and colleagues to ensure the delivery of people centred care and the key components of compassionate care

8.6 Create effective team work across professional boundaries using team building skills, creating common goals, and through engagement.

8.7 Respect and apply the requirements of equality and diversity, promoting and role modelling these across the multi-disciplinary team.


9.1 To work inclusively and in line with the recovery principles and approach

9.2 To complete all reasonable duties within within role, competence and abilities as delegated by the Team Leader / Service Manager.


10.1 The post holder may be required to participate in the prevention and management of violence and aggression (PMVA) where required and following relevant training.

10.2 The role will require highly developed physical skills where accuracy is important e.g. for patient interventions and specialist therapy appropriate to profession and area of specialism such as use of specialist equipment and fine tools; manual, sensory and cognitive assessment and treatments, intravenous blood taking and intramuscular injections.

Person Specification KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND TRAINING Essential
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Learning and Assessing in Practice Qualification or equivalent practice assessors training or The Candidate is Willing to complete this course on appointment
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)
  • Experience at Practitioner Band 5 level
  • Experience of Mental Health specialist working
  • Experience of developing specialist programmes of care
  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
Personal qualities / attributes Essential
  • 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
Additional requirements Essential
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively

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