Community Mental Health Nurse, Band 6

Mental Health

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£32,306 - £39,027 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.

Weymouth & Portland Community Mental Health Team are seeking two Mental Health Practitioners to join our well established team in meeting the needs of our demographic. If you are a RMN or OT with experience working with people suffering severe mental illness whether this be inpatient or community based we would love to hear from you.

The post holders will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary team. This team is made up of a several Psychiatrists, Advanced nurse prescribers, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, Support Time Recovery Workers, Occupational Therapist and a Carers support worker. We also have input from peer specialists.

The primary role responsibility 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. 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 this there will be duty working and assisting in the completion of regular clinics i.e. depot, Clozapine and physical health as needed. 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.

The team has dedicated duty workers, but there will be some requirement to cover for any absence at times. The trust has a robust crisis and home treatment service. Additional support is provided by the local mental health charity with peer run drop in centres and education courses. We work closely with the local IAPT services.

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 (MMHICC). Within this post you will have the opportunity to participate in the project shaping our future services.

Pay matching: If you’re a ward based band 5 working shifts with enhancements, we can ensure you don’t take a pay cut when you take on a band 6 Mon-Fri 9-5 by starting you at a pay point within band 6 that matches your previous average income.

The team is based at Westhaven in Weymouth and covers all of Weymouth and Portland which is a thriving and diverse seaside community in the lovely West Dorset area. You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as they will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

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:

Helen Green Team Leader on

Steve Albon Team leader on

Both available on 01305 362060. We would happily tell you more about the post and/or arrange an informal socially distant visit for you to come to our service.

We look forward to hearing from you.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Helen Green Team Leader

Email address:-

Telephone number:- 01305362060

Additional contact information

Steve Albon team leader on 01305 362060

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-M709.21

Closing Date: 2022-04-07

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