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Bank District Nurse & Bank Health Visitor, Band 6

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.

If you’re looking for work that suits your lifestyle and needs, becoming a Dorset HealthCare Bank worker could be right up your street.

The Trust Bank Bank Team is a friendly, dedicated group of staff based at Sentinel House, Poole. It aims to ensure that wards, departments and community teams across the Trust are always properly staffed, by providing a pool of ‘Bank’ workers to call on who want extra shifts or temporary work.

Who are Bank workers?
Bank workers can work flexibly to fill a temporary vacancy or short-term staffing shortages. They may be required to work at any time, with just a few days’ – or hours’ – notice.

Bank working could be your main way of working or a secondary role - we have hundreds of Bank workers who have substantive posts within Dorset HealthCare services, too.
And you don’t have to stick to the same kind of work as your current role or previous jobs. It’s a chance to learn new skills and broaden your career options.

Benefits of Joining the Bank
The Bank system offers the flexibility to work just now and then or for longer, full-time bookings – whatever’s right for you. It offers a wide range of roles in a variety of locations, throughout Dorset as well as our prison services in Devon.
You can choose the location and shift patterns that are right for you and you won’t be tied into contracted hours, so you can work to suit your family and other commitments.

As well as competitive pay rates, you’ll be eligible for many of the benefits of permanent staff, including:
• opportunities to gain experience within a variety of specialist teams
• access to the NHS pension scheme
• an NHS badge entitling you to many NHS benefits
• unsocial hours enhancements (where applicable)
• paid annual leave as a percentage of work completed
• monthly or weekly pay – your choice
• holiday pay
• induction and mandatory training.

The Bank provides comprehensive support, from recruitment to booking your first shift. You will be given a comprehensive induction and training mandatory to the role.
Dorset HealthCare also uses electronic rostering, which gives you even more freedom to work when it suits you. As long as you have an internet connection, you can access the system on a PC, smart phone or tablet.

So if you are a Registered Nurse (Health Visitor or District Nurse) there has never been a better time to join our team.

How do I join?

If you would like to be considered for a Bank Worker opportunity please complete the application form found here and state the role you are interested in at the top of the form.

For further details / informal visits contact:
( Email address removed ) or telephone  ( 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.

Pre-application filtering questions apply to all positions requiring a professional registration. If you are a student awaiting registration, please tick to state you are registered and state 'student' in the registration number box.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date due to an exceptional response - please apply for this vacancy as soon as possible.

Please note the Trust does not pay interview expenses.

Once you have submitted your application, please be aware that all future communication will then be made through a system called TRAC rather than NHS Jobs. You will receive an email from TRAC as part of the application process to provide more information.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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