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Community Mental Health Practitioner

Band 5 or 6

Main area
Home Treatment Team
Band 5 or 6
Full time: 37.5 per week
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St. Ann's Hospital
£24,907 to £37,890 p.a.
14/07/2020 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)





This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist to become a Community Mental Health Practitioner within a service that has recently undergone reshaping to improve what we offer our clients.

The Home Treatment Team offers an alternative to hospital admission for service users with mental illness through intensive home treatment. The service offers 24/7 support and treatment in the community for service users throughout East Dorset. The team has worked hard to establish good relationships with our health and social care partners and with voluntary sector organisations to offer comprehensive community based care.

As a Community Mental Health Practitioner you will be joining a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of Mental Health nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists, experienced Support Workers, Medical staff and Peer Specialists. This mix of professionals enables holistic and effective care and treatment to be delivered to the service users under the care of the team.

Practitioners work shifts across the seven day week between the hours of 9am to 10pm. The role includes assessing service users in the community that are referred from a number of sources including Community Mental Health Teams, GPs, and Psychiatric Liaison Teams at the acute hospitals. After assessment, you will work alongside service users providing individualised care and therapeutic interventions. As the team is community based you will need to have a full driving licence. Pool cars are provided for travel for clinical work purposes.

Continued training and education is a key objective at Dorset HealthCare for all staff. The Home Treatment Team offers continuous development for all our practitioners both from internal and external resources. Specialist training continues to be developed and offered for all disciplines within the team. This post is an opportunity for you to expand on your existing knowledge, skills and experience to become part of this specialist service and to play an active part in the remodelling exercise taking place as a result of the Acute Care Pathway Review.

What’s special about working in our service?

We offer a specialist assessment for service users to support them to remain in their own home. Anyone working for the team will become specialist in these assessments, especially risk assessment and management, finding alternative solutions to admission, understanding the way psychosocial factors affecting people’s mental health. We also have close links with the inpatient service and assist service users to return home with Home Treatment Team support, to continue their recovery in their own environment.

What support and training will people get in the team?

To enable clinicians to carry out specialist assessments we will provide a full induction. In addition, we will treat you as supernumerary on shifts where you will be shadowing other team members as they manage the caseload. We will also provide in house training on clinical risk management. There will also be the opportunity for “spoke” days where you will be able to spend time with other key linked services (like the Connection Service, Retreat, CMHT, bed manager, acute day service etc) to better understand the overall Access Mental Health response service offered by Dorset HealthCare.

What opportunities will people have to use their skills?

Every day the Home Treatment Team works with between 20 – 30 service users aged over 18. The diagnoses range from depression and anxiety, through schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorder, right up to cognitive impairment. The service covers both the urban conurbation of Christchurch,, Poole and Bournemouth as well as the more rural areas of Wimborne and the Purbecks. We also support service users with a range of risks, supporting them to take positive risks and assessing for capacity to allow service users to make unwise decisions and be responsible for their own recovery and safety where appropriate.

What sort of outcomes do you achieve for service users?

We have a target to keep 95% of our caseload out in the community. Research shows that service users recover much better and learn more adaptable coping skills if they remain at home, even when quite unwell. People with emotional difficulties can thrive in the community as they learn to manage their feelings and become more resilient. We have consistently attained this target. Feedback that we have received from service user surveys suggests that there has been a positive response to the care received and that service users have felt involved in the decisions being made about their care and treatment.

So if you are already a Band 6 practitioner looking direction or equally are an experienced band 5 looking for the next step in their career, we'd like to hear from you. 

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £5,000.  For further details on relocation expenses please email

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.

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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

Cheryl Power or Cassie Burtenshaw, Senior Clinicians on 0300 123 5440.