Mental Health Practitioner, Band 6

Mental Health

Posted: 1 year 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.

Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity? Do you want to be part of a service and help shape the future of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Services in Dorset?

We currently looking for a Mental Health Practitioner band 6 (with professional registration) for our Community Rehabilitation Team (CRT) based in the East of the county.

Nationally it has been recognised that rehabilitation is an area that has often been overlooked for investment and modernisation. We are proud to say the Trust in conjunction with our local Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have recently completed a review of our Rehabilitation Services in Dorset and secured significant additional funding to redevelop and expand the services that we provide. This includes a new dedicated pan Dorset Community based Rehabilitation Team.

The CRT supports people who have chronic and disabling mental health problems that may be treatment resistant and who have previously spent long periods in hospital.

This will be a flagship service enabling Dorset HealthCare to become one of the best rehabilitation services across the country.

We have a community team in the East and one in the West of the county. The CRT East team is based at Kings Park Hospital, there is also an element of homeworking factored into this team and as such all staff will be provided with appropriate IT equipment.

All post holders will work as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team that includes Mental Health Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Psychology Assistants, Support Time Recovery Workers, Employment Specialists, Social Workers, Care Managers, Admin Assistants, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Medical Staffing.

This is a full time role, 37.5 hours per week working between the hours of Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00.

The caseload numbers will reflect the complexity of the client base that Mental Health Practitioners will be care coordinating in the community. It is anticipated that these clinicians will manage between 10 and 12 clients in the community including those transitioning from Inpatient Rehabilitation Services.

We are looking for people who are reliable, committed and dedicated; who have excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise their work.

There will be a robust induction package provided for all staff.

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 want to be part of this dynamic, forward thinking service, we would keen to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact: Vivian Wyatt, Team Leader at / 07776619373.

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-M713.21

Closing Date: 2022-04-04

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