Staff Nurse RMN / RNLD band 5

Forensic Mental Health

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£25,655 - £31,534 p.a.


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 like to 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, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local 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. You’ll 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.

Have you considered a career in Forensic Nursing? Would you like to work in a fast developing Forensic Service with plans to expand its inpatient and community services?

We offer a £2,000 recruitment and retention premium* and up to £5,000 in re-location expenses.

We are looking to recruit a Staff Nurse (Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse) to work in our 12 bedded specialist male Forensic Low Secure Unit.

The Unit offers comprehensive inpatient low secure care aimed at stabilising mental health and risk; and facilitating patient’s recovery and transition back into the community.

The Unit is part of the multi-disciplinary Dorset Forensic Service which consists of Nurses, Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Administrators. This post will work closely with all disciplines to assist and coordinate patient care packages aimed at recovery and supporting transition into the community. You will work closely with other Nurses, the Clinical Leads, Ward Manager, Service Manager, Mental Health Support Workers and other disciplines; and will receive regular supervision and training opportunities both internally and externally.

The successful candidate will be expected to work rostered shifts to cover a 24/7 service, this including weekends; these shifts will be either Early, Late or Nights, and will be allocated in accordance with the needs of the service.

We would welcome applications from both newly qualified and experienced RMN / RNLD's with an interest in Forensic Mental Health services. We provide a very comprehensive and fully supported Preceptorship Programme for newly qualified healthcare professionals.

In return we offer:

  • Working in modern surroundings - the ward and surrounding environment has recently been refurbished.
  • Working towards a new purpose built male and female low secure unit and expanding community service.
  • Working with national bodies and national development strategies.
  • Dedicated professional development – we offer preceptorship and mentoring support, access to training in specialist interventions and risk assessment, as well as a specialist forensic induction programme.
  • We pay a £2,000 forensic recruitment and retention premium* and up to £5000 in re-location expenses.
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • Health & Wellbeing service
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discounts
  • Salary sacrifice scheme including work related learning, cars, cycles, home technology equipment and buying and selling of annual leave
  • Not forgetting our unique selling point – our Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline

You will be required to undertake a Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression course which is a condition of employment that must be successfully completed.

* As a new employee (Staff Nurse Band 5) on Twynham Ward you will be paid £1,000 Recruitment Premium on commencement of your employment and a further £1,000 Retention Premium on completion of one year’s service. Please be aware of the following conditions connected with these payments;

  • These payments will be paid to you as long as you remain employed in this role on Twynham Ward. If you voluntarily choose to leave either the Twynham Ward or the Trust’s employment before the end of two years we will reserve the right to recover these payments directly from your salary.
  • In the event of either of these scenarios occurring we will of course discuss this with you and consider all of the circumstances prior to reaching any final decisions.

*(£1,000 payable upon commencement and £1,000 retention premium after first year in post - conditions available at interview)

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £40 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments. This will only apply to candidates who are new to the Trust and not internal staff.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Simon Pallant Ward Manager 01202 492060 / 07795 043600

What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.



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Job Reference

Reference: 152-M451.21C

Closing Date: 2022-04-25

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