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, Dorchester 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 in which we recognise that the importance of how we do things is just as important as what we do, and what we achieve. We strongly encourage behaviours that promote compassion and care between colleagues, supporting staff to be proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy. We are also an organisation which leads the way in challenging stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress. We relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% of staff feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users.
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.
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.
District/Community Nurses in Purbeck are proud of being caring, competent and compassionate, with patients at the heart of what we do. We provide high quality, safe services that improve the health, wellbeing and independence of the people we serve.
As a locality we have integrated working, Virtual Ward and regular MDTs across health & social care with future plans around a Community Hub as well as collaborative ways of working with other colleagues to innovate and improve services for patients.
We are also exploring a different model of community nursing that holds the patient at the centre, promoting continuity of care for patients and team self-management.
It’s a very exciting time to work with us; the opportunity to be involved in our projects and to develop your skills and knowledge as the organisation believes in advancing nursing careers.
We are seeking motivated nurses who are able to demonstrate a real passion for community nursing, as well as an aspiration for on-going professional development and behaviours that underpin our Trust vision for nursing.
Our service covers from 0800 til 2000 and with this temporary vacancy we are exploring covering the evenings on a regular basis, so this could be 5 x 4.5hr shifts (1530 – 2000), 3 x 7.5hr shifts (1200 – 2000) to cover evenings Monday to Friday, depending on the successful candidate and their preference. We are offering this because we find the evenings shifts difficult to cover but the hours may suit someone on a regular basis, it would be covering across the locality but based in Swanage where most of the calls are. It is very likely that the right candidate would be offered permanent hours either before or at the end of the 12 month period.
You can expect excellent training and opportunities for development, clinical supervision, and yearly appraisal. Dorset Healthcare also offers development and leadership pathways and a comprehensive preceptorship programme for those who are newly qualified.
In return we can also offer you:
Employment in this post requires a Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £44 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.
An informal visit would be encouraged prior to interview.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Hattie Taylor, Purbeck District Nursing Lead on 07810 816048
It would also be possible to arrange a visit to the team prior to interview for a more informal chat. I am very happy to take calls anytime.
For more information and to apply online, please click here.