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Specialist Practitioner / Street Triage

Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
Band 6
Full time: 37.5 per week / part-time available
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St Ann's Hospital
£31,365 to £37,890 p.a. / pro rata for part-time
13/07/2020 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)





Clinical Practice - Specialist Practitioner – Connection Telephone Service and Street Triage for Dorset Police.

Dorset HealthCare is launching a new service called 'The Connection'. The service will offer telephone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages living in Dorset, experiencing a mental health crisis.

Accessed directly through a single phone number or via 111, people in crisis can ring for help from trained staff, who can identify the most appropriate course of action.

We are looking for individuals who are caring, compassionate and have a genuine interest in working with individuals in mental health crisis.  You will be working within a dynamic team consisting of Mental Health Practitioners and Support Workers in delivering a high standard of care.

Our Connection staff will complete brief clinical risk and mental state assessments and provide brief interventions for people presenting in mental health crisis with a view to signposting them onto the most appropriate service to meet their care needs.

Working via telephone, our qualified practitioners will be experts in validating, de-escalating crisis and coaching people in distress tolerance and emotional regulation strategies. You will also manage the Mental Health Support Workers on the team providing guidance and support.

Using a range of brief interventions, you will empower patients, carers and families to manage distress and crisis effectively.

You will also complete face to face assessments of people presenting in crisis. You will be assessing, formulating and working with people & families presenting in heightened state of distress and delivering brief interventions / strategies for managing crisis. This may take place in their own homes, GP surgeries, Police stations and on site.

This post requires the applicant to do shifts in Connection and 1 shift (7pm - 3am) every other week in Street Triage. This service provides telephone support and advice to Dorset Police and requires police vetting. You will receive full training on the Police Computer system.

We would welcome applications from anyone seeking full-time or part-time employment and we would consider flexible working.

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

If you would like to discuss the new service or for further information please contact Cassie Burtenshaw and Cheryl Power on 0300 123 5440.