Mental Health Practitioner

Employer
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Dorchester
Salary
£20,223 to £24,352 a year p.a.
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Profession
Practitioner
Service
Community
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
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We are looking to recruit forward-thinking Mental Health Professionals from the field of nursing, occupational therapy and social work at Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester Retreat.

The Retreat is an exciting and innovative approach, delivered in partnership to support people experiencing mental health crisis.

Main duties of the job

Currently based at Maiden Castle Road, in Dorchester, The Retreat offers an open access service for people in crisis and distress. The purpose is to provide a space for people to be listened to, to connect with others and access peer support and brief interventions.

The staff team will be a multi-disciplinary team jointly managed and supported by Dorset Mental Health Forum and Dorset Healthcare. The Retreat is heavily reliant on lived experience and collaborative working at every level to deliver a radical, innovative service.

Essential training and induction will involve a World Health Organisation approved Suicide Prevention Skills workshop, Training on trauma informed care and work on partnership and collaboration that utilises a person's lived experience of mental health.

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

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 Professional Qualification Essential
  • A professional qualification at degree level or equivalent in either mental health nursing, occupational therapy or social work
  • Hold current registration with pertinent body
  • Evidence of post registration training and development
Desirable
  • Further evidence of professional development and training
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution Therapy, Trauma informed approaches and/or self harm and suicide prevention
Skills/Experience/Knowledge ba Essential
  • Experience at Band 5 or equivalent
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision
  • Knowledge and experience of modern mental health services; social inclusion, recovery, peer support, carer support
  • Ability to work autonomously, with the ability to organise and manage own time according to delegated workload.
Desirable
  • Experience of working in a crisis house or crisis caf
  • Experience of working alongside peer specialists
  • Significant experience at Band 5 or equivalent in a community setting
  • Lived Experience of mental health difficulty or of supporting someone with mental health difficulty
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to work in a compassionate and empathetic way to people experiencing and expressing emotionally distressing thoughts and behaviour
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing situations
  • Collaborative approach to client care
Additional Essential
  • Ability to use IT systems to undertake practitioner duties
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively


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