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Assistant Practitioner, Band 4

Job Description

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 14 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people.

Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.

Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere and relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users. Some of our services are rated outstanding by the CQC, and we constantly strive to improve in all aspects of our work.

As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.

Staff are also regularly consulted to help shape improvements or changes to the way the Trust is run, and their outstanding work is recognised through our Heroes awards scheme.

Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day – enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs.

The Primary Healthcare Team at IRC Verne are looking for an experienced Assistant Practitioner with a focus of working with patients with long term conditions and providing preventative healthcare to the local community within the prisons / Immigration Removal Centres.

A foundation degree, BTEC higher diploma, NVQ level 4 or accredited prior learning with competency based evidence is required.

You will need a good general knowledge of primary care and life long conditions as you will be expected to run support groups for patients with these conditions.

Knowledge of specific health related issues appertaining to substance misuse clients is desirable.

Other essential requirements are enthusiasm, commitment and motivation!

The post involves working a shift pattern of 3 long days a week and rotation onto nights (c. 1 in 8-10 weeks)

This is a new opportunity within our secure healthcare services and a dynamic post holder will have an opportunity to use their initiative to innovate and develop this role.

The compassionate nature of the healthcare staff and evidence of good team work were recognised in a recent quality inspection so the post holder will be well supported.

Training opportunities are available beyond mandatory training requirements and recently recruited staff have commented on the excellent training opportunities they have experienced. We also support our teams by holding away days and follow ups to engage and support our teams.

We would welcome informal visits at either establishment prior to interview. We would recommend this to interested candidates who have not worked in a prison before.

Prisons & the IRC are fascinating places to work in and have a strong emphasis on staff safety and support so don’t dismiss it until you’ve tried it!

Staff who have worked for a continuous six months as at the 31st March and 30th September will be entitled to a recruitment and retention premium payment, totaling up to £3000 per annum (pro-rata for part time employees).

For further details / informal visits contact:
Sharon Campbell, Lead Nurse Manager or Kim Blakey, Interim Deputy Lead Nurse Manager on  ( Phone number removed ) 

Our vision:

is to lead and inspire through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our ambition:

is to inspire patients, partners, local people and professionals alike by achieving excellent clinical outcomes and experiences, by supporting people with compassion and kindness, and by being experts in our roles.

Our Behaviours:

How we do things around here is just as important as what we do and what we achieve. Our behaviours provide a guide to bringing our vision to life, and help everyone think about how they approach their work and other people. The behaviours below, have been identified by those within and external to Dorset HealthCare as being the most important, and are behaviours we hope everyone will experience at Dorset HealthCare.





Reliable and Trustworthy

Be part of an organisation leading the way to challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress.


Before applying for this post, please refer to the ‘Information for applicants’ for further guidance on the recruitment process. Please also ensure that you have read the job description and person specification carefully.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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