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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a.
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Bridport Community Mental Health Team are seeking to recruit a registered Mental Health Nurse to join our small, friendly, well-established team. We are looking for an innovative, creative, motivated, and caring individual who has experience working with people diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) whether this be in an inpatient setting or in the community.

The primary role will be to act as Care Coordinator for a dedicated caseload of patients with whom you would provide person centred, evidence-based, targeted interventions to aid the clients' recovery. There will be opportunities for you to advance you own clinical assessment skills whilst risk assessment will remain at the forefront of everything you do. Alongside your caseload work, you will be rota'd to cover our Duty system and support with our Depot clinic. You will have a working knowledge of current models of care and apply this understanding of working with people with an SMI in your attempts to engage and promote recovery in your work.

You will work closely with 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.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have a proven ability to provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments, risk assessments, formulations and provide evidence-based interventions for adults of working age with an SMI.

The team is based at Bridport Community Hospital and covers Bridport, Lyme Regis and surrounding areas and as such you will need to have a valid driving licence and the use of a car as you will be required to review and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

This post would offer a great opportunity for those staff based in inpatient settings who wish to transition to community mental health services.

This post is full-time, 37.5 hours per week but part-time and flexible working will be considered.

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

We would welcome applications from Newly Qualified Nurses and we provide a comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for healthcare professionals

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 Mental Nurse / Occupational Therapist/Social Worker
  • Valid registration with NMC or equivalent body
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • 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 Essential
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business. - Level 1
Additional requirements Essential
  • 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

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