Community Mental Health Practitioner - maternity cover

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

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Band 6
Full Time
The primary role responsibility is maternity cover for one of our CPNs and is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in CMHT. Secondments would be considered. The role is being a dedicated Care Coordinator for a caseload of patients with whom you would provide person centred targeted support to assist in aiding their holistic recovery. Although most initial assessments are completed by a psychiatrist, there will still be opportunities for you to advance you own clinical assessment skills whilst risk assessment will remain at the forefront of everything you do. We have established duty workers in post as well as depot clinic lead and Clozaril team but at times you will be required to assist with these. You should have recent experience of working in a mental health environment; you will need to be able to apply the philosophies of engagement and recovery in your work with service users. This job is challenging, 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. In return we are ready to offer you comprehensive structured management supervision, management you can approach any time and peer support which is second to none. In addition to this we are also happy to support you in advancing your own skill set using additional learning opportunities such and NMP, ACP, and psychological therapies etc depending on availability and feasibility.

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 case management , 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.

The team is based on the site of Westhaven hospital in Weymouth and covers the Weymouth & Portland area. This well know Jurassic Coast is a most desirable location in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). 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.

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

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.

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

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered Mental Nurse / Occupational Therapist/Social Worker
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Experience of mental health specialist working
  • Ability to risk assess and manage risk.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Ability to risk assess and manage risk
  • Experience of managing change
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
Information technology / resources Essential
  • Able to analyse date and produce reports using Microsoft word and excel
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems

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