Community Mental Health Nurse / Practitioner, Band 6

Community Mental Health

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£32,306 - £39,027


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.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Community Mental Health Nurse or suitably qualified allied health professional to join the Assertive Outreach Team East (AOT) based at Hahnemann House, Bournemouth.

AOT is a busy, friendly service which provides support and on-going care for people with severe mental illness who have multiple and complex needs and find it difficult to engage with traditional services such as CMHT’s.

AOT works in a responsive way to provide stability in a person’s life and help them to develop meaningful occupation alongside managing the symptoms of their mental illness. The work requires a great deal of focus and creativity and at times can be challenging.

The successful candidates will have a proven ability to provide comprehensive assessments, formulation and specialist treatments for adults of working age with SMI and priority will be given to individuals with previous experience of working within the complex care community setting.

Following a comprehensive service review significant reinvestment of the AOT has been undertaken. This post is amongst the final phase of investment and the successful candidate will work alongside a full MDT consisting of Mental Health Nurses / Practitioners, Social Workers, Support time Recovery Workers, an Occupational Therapist, Psychology and a dedicated Consultant Psychiatrist.

Practitioners within AOT act as Care Coordinators for a caseload of between 10-12 patients. The service employs a whole team approach where patients on caseload are discussed regularly and known to most, if not all, team members. Practitioners work closely with Support Time Recovery Workers who are an important component within the service model and provide a valuable source of support to both the patients and practitioners.

As the service covers the geographical area of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, the ability to drive your own vehicle is essential. You may also be expected to transport patients on occasions.

The post is full-time and the service operates Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00. Occasionally Practitioners will need to work outside of these hours; however there are no plans to extend the service to 7 days per week.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Nick Clark Team Leader 01202 584412

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.

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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.