Student or Newly Qualified Mental Health Nurses, Band 5

Soon to be Qualified

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£24,907 - £30,615 p.a. pro rata for part-time


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.

About the role:

Please note that this vacancy is not suitable for Overseas Registered Nurses required to take the OSCE exam.

Are you a student nurse graduating in 2022 looking for a supportive environment in which to start your career as an Adult Nurse? How about starting your career in a CQC ‘outstanding’ rated trust who believe that the wellbeing of our staff is instrumental in delivering the very best in-patient care, and where a staggering 89% of staff feel their job really makes a difference each day?

Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust is an ideal location for you to start your nursing career. As a mental health community-based Trust with over 300 locations across the beautiful county of Dorset, we have several community mental health teams, as well as specialist inpatient care services, providing care for conditions such as depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and personality disorders. We have plenty of opportunities available for you to progress and develop to enable your career.

Based in the heart of our communities, our hospitals and community teams provide a wealth of expertise and facilities to support the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

Whether you prefer a bustling town, a thriving seaside spot or the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there’s a Dorset community hospital waiting to welcome you.

As a newly registered nurse you will get to participate in our 12-month Preceptorship Programme which has been designed to support your transition from a student nurse to a confident and professional registered adult nurse. You will be fully supported and have great contacts to assist you throughout this time.


Virtual information session:

We are holding an information session where you will be able to find out more information about the county of Dorset, Dorset HealthCare and what we can offer you as a newly qualified nurse. This event is taking place virtually 5pm – 7pm on 7th April 2022. To grab your ticket to this event please visit the eventbrite website under Student or Newly Qualified Adult Mental Health Nurses, Dorset Healthcare Trust.


Your application:

Please state in your application your preferred specialty (Inpatient, Community or access mental health) and location, the month and year you are expecting to qualify and from which university.

You will need to provide contact details for your personal tutor and your final/most recent placement clinical mentor as referees.

We are keen to support you into a role here at Dorset HealthCare, so rather than go through a formal interview process after you’ve applied, instead we will invite you to a career discussion with a team leader and a member of our Learning & Development Team, who will support you in ensuring that you get your nursing career off to a flying start. Choose for your NHS nursing career to start here.


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.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Lorely Ford, Resourcing Lead - Email: Telephone: 01202 277091

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.