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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/02/2020.

Advanced Practitioner, Band 7

Job Reference: 152-C355.19

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
North Dorset
£37,570 to £43,772 p.a.

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)


As part of Dorset’s Integrated Care System journey, six million pounds are being invested in Dorset’s Integrated Community and Primary Care Services. The aim is to develop an integrated workforce within localities, with a strong focus on partnership working. Services will be based upon the needs of people in each locality, and will focus on providing:

  • Services for people with high intensity and complex needs
  • A proactive approach to care for people with medium intensity needs caused by long term health problems

With this new investment, we are looking to employ a Band 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner to work within the Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Sturminster Newton and Blandford North Dorset Hubs and multidisciplinary teams to provide intermediate care to the population in Locality. We are keen to recruit a practitioner coming from a variety of professional backgrounds with the ability to provide quality and personalised care plan for patients with complex needs. The community hubs work as a multi disciplinary model and consist of Medical Consultants, GP's, Advanced Practitioners, Community Matrons, Medicine Management, Health & Social Care Coordinators, Adult Social Care, etc. Being part of our Hubs in Shaftesbury and Blandford the post will be based within Shaftesbury/Blandford hubs whose primary remit is to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions by supporting individuals to remain in their own homes by providing holistic and generalist assessments at the point of need. You will assist individuals and their carers to proactively anticipate their future health needs, support self-care, develop appropriate plans, manage deterioration via early intervention and work collaboratively with the wider MDT to promote improved outcomes.

This exciting and challenging role offers the post holder the opportunity to provide high quality patient focused care in the community. The role supports the Advanced Practitioner in the community through innovation, clinical skills and diagnosis, treatment, review and referral.

The post holder will be expected to engage and act within a range of services delivered in the hubs including inpatient services, Virtual Wards, rapid access services and care closer to home.

Successful applicants must have a broad experience in community and/or urgent care at a senior level. You must be motivated and enthusiastic and have proven experience of working as an autonomous practitioner.

Ideally applicants will have the following qualifications however if you don’t have all of these but have the right attitude then we can support you to develop further in line with professional advancing practice:


Current registration with NMC/HCPC

    • Relevant professional health degree
    • Evidence of recent CPD
    • NMP
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice or specialist practice

The service will cover 8:30 to 18:30 Monday to Friday and will develop and be expanded over time.

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.

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


For further details / informal visits contact:

Helen Lawes, North Dorset Locality Manager on  07766 902 414

Our vision is to be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our behaviours bring our values to life and constantly remind us that how we do things at Dorset HealthCare is as important as what we do. They are:

  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Supportive
  • Reliable and Trustworthy

Our staff benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development
  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Nurses and AHP’s
  • Comprehensive and structured induction programme and training
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • Health & Wellbeing service
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discounts
  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline
  • Salary sacrifice scheme including:
    • Work related learning
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Car and Cycle scheme
    • Home technology equipment
    • Buying and selling of annual leave


Before applying for this post, please refer to the Application Guidance’for further guidance on the recruitment process.

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.

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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.

UK Registration

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

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