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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
1 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Bridport Community Mental Health Team are seeking to recruit a registered Mental Health Practitioner to join our small, well-established and highly skilled team. We are looking for an innovative, creative, motivated, and caring professional who has experience working with people suffering Serious Mental Illness (SMI) whether that 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 and Assessment slots.

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 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 inter agency work with multiple professionals across a wide range of services.

Main duties of the job

We believe in working collaboratively and supporting one another in what can be a challenging role.

You will be provided with regular clinical and peer supervision and we will support you in your career development. There will be support for someone wanting to develop their skills in evidence-based therapeutic interventions in the psychological therapies as well as advanced nursing.We would welcome applicants who have newly qualified as a registered professional and require preceptorship and a clear development plan for their first post.The team is based at Bridport Community Hospital and covers the Bridport, Lyme Regis and surrounding areas. This well know Jurassic Coast is a most desirable location in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Due to its rural patch, 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 homesand within other community settings.

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

This post has become available at a very exciting time. Significant investment has been made available to review and reconfigure community mental health services and this is taking place right now via the Mental Health Integrated Community Care Project (MHICC). Within this post you will have the opportunity to participate in the project shaping our future services.

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

This post is full-time, 37.5 hours per week 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

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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