Community Mental Health Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a.
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a registered nurse or suitably qualified Allied Health Professional who is looking to enhance their career within our Sherborne Older Persons Community Mental Health Team?

This multi-disciplinary teamprovides recovery focused treatment plans for those people who are 65 and over with SMI or who have organic mental ill health including Alzheimer's disease.

The team is small, supportive and proactive both to service users and colleagues alike. We have a good record for retention of staff and are always looking for ways to improve our services and maintain high standards of care for those we serve.

We are an integrated team having good working relationships with Primary Care, Social Care and other partner organisations.

This is a challenging and rewarding role, but if you're ready for this then we are looking for someone who is reliable, committed and motivated with excellent communication, organisational skills and the ability to prioritise. We offer our team structured management supervision and a supportive team environment. In addition we commit to facilitating you with your own professional development.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. A

Main duties of the job

To be personally responsible and professionally accountable for a patient caseload within the community, for people who are experiencing functional and/or organic mental health problems

To provide specialist care and interventions, assessments, treatments and managing patients on a caseload, as part of the wider multi- disciplinary care team.

To participate as an active member of the multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in developing high quality and innovative community based services.

To work independently in the community, highlighting and communicating any known risks to the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team and taking appropriate action as required.

To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

Provide supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners.

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 Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified AHP or Mental Health Nurse
  • Experience working within mental health - either inpatient or community settings
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of working with patients with a mental illness
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments and safety planning with patients
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within mental health services
  • Working within a community mental health team
  • Experience of undertaking assessments and formulating care plans
Experience Essential
  • Experience of supervising and supporting students and staff within a work setting

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