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Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

Main area
Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion
Band 6
Full time: 37.5 per week
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Police Custody Suites
Bournemouth & Weymouth
£31,365 to £37,890 p.a.
12/07/2020 23:59

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset. 

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)





Are you looking for something new and exciting which offers the opportunity to use and enhance your experience? If so, the Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion is recruiting a full time Mental Health Practitioner.

The Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service provides mental health assessments and advice to Dorset Police custody suites, magistrates’ courts and people asked by the Police to attend a voluntary interview.

The successful applicant will be expected to work in the Police custody suites in Bournemouth and Weymouth as well as voluntary attendance centres across the county. The service works with people of all ages within the health and justice system where potential mental health and/or learning disability need is suspected and further assessment is indicated to inform disposal of the case and to identify robust care pathways.

A commitment to close partnership working with both statutory and voluntary sector agencies and a commitment to working with a complex and diverse range of individuals with varying needs is expected by the successful applicant.

In return, we can also offer you;

  • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • An excellent preceptorship program for newly qualified nurses
  • You will receive a comprehensive and structured induction program and training.
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for weekend and bank holiday working
  • NHS pension scheme
  • NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme
  • Not forgetting our unique selling point – our Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline

The service operates a shift pattern, 7 days a week between 7am and 7pm and the successful applicant will be expected to work flexibly.

If you are interested in working in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £5,000 – please contact Keri Gray, Recruitment and Retention Lead for more information –

The police custody environment is unique and new to most people. Before applying for this post, please contact the team on 01202 705526 to gain a better understanding of the role.

Please be aware that interviews may be carried out via Microsoft Teams.

Employment with the Service is dependent upon the applicant passing the police advanced vetting process.

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.

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

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Stan Sadler on 07500 125749.