Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service provides mental health assessments and advice to Dorset Police custody suites, Magistrates' Courts and people asked by the Police to attend a voluntary interview.

The service operates a shift pattern, 7 days a week of 7am -7pm and 8am - 4pm and the successful applicant will be expected to work flexibly. We will try to match your base with your home location but you will be expected at times to work across the county.

Employment with the Service is dependent upon the applicant passing the police advanced vetting process.

The police custody environment is unique and new to most people. Before applying for this post, please contact the team on 01202 705526 to gain a better understanding of the role.

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive £250 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info!

Main duties of the job

You will work in the Police custody suites in Bournemouth and Weymouth as well as voluntary attendance centres across the county. The service works with people of all ages within the health and justice system where potential mental health and/or learning disability need is suspected and further assessment is indicated to inform disposal of the case and to identify robust care pathways.

Your work will involve close partnership working with both statutory and voluntary sector agencies and with a complex and diverse range of individuals with varying needs and vulnerabilities.

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 Educational Requirements / Qualifications Essential
  • A professional qualification at degree level or equivalent in either mental health nursing, occupational therapy or social work
Skills/Experience/Knowledge base Desirable
  • Significant experience at Band 5 or equivalent
Personal Qualities / Aptitudes Essential
  • Ability to work under pressure
Skills/Experience/Knowledge base Essential
  • Ability to work autonomously, with the ability to organise and manage own time according to delegated workload
Skills/Experience/Knowledge base Desirable
  • Knowledge and experience of modern mental health services; social inclusion, recovery, service user involvement, carer support

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