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Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Band 4
21 months (Fixed-term/secondment - End date 17/01/26)
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (p.a./ pro rata for part time)
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Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Blandford Community Hospital
£25,147 - £27,596 p.a./pro rata for part time
Salary period
17/04/2024 23:59

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Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust logo

Community Adolescent Senior Support Worker

Band 4



The 5 July 2023 marked 75 years of the National Health Service. The founding principles remain as relevant, and valued, today as they were 75 years ago. Why not join us and make a difference to be Better Every Day.



Job overview

Do you want to be part of a new, innovative and exciting service that will support children and young people with acute mental health problems in their homes? If so then a role in the Closer2Home service may be the job for you!

This new service will operate across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, and will be delivered by four NHS Trusts who will each provide a Closer2Home team for their local area. The teams will work in an integrated way, supporting one another to provide the service with a shared management structure overseeing the service as a whole.

The Closer2Home teams will work together to deliver a specialist service to help young people remain at home who otherwise would have been admitted to an inpatient hospital. The service will operate 365 days a year from 8am-8pm.

Joining now will give you a unique opportunity to help shape and develop the service as well a provide a great opportunity to develop your career in an exciting and rewarding area of work.

As a Community Adolescent Senior Support Worker (CASS) you will work as a member of a new multi-disciplinary team which provides an alternative to Tier 4 admission and facilitates supported discharges from hospital.

With team colleagues you will be responsible for delivering time-limited programmes of intensive home treatment to young people who would otherwise have been admitted.


Main duties of the job

You will have specific responsibilities to undertake a range of delegated clinical duties in a community mental health setting involving direct and indirect care to patients under minimal supervision and as directed by the qualified staff team.

Following personal development planning and targeted training you will be in a position to work more autonomously in supporting patients. You will be supported by a career development pathway and as a result, you will develop a broad underpinning knowledge base at intermediate level and have the ability to evaluate information and communicate with a range of professionals.

This new service will be commissioned by the Wessex and Dorset Tier 4 CAMHS Provider Collaborative and provided by four NHS Trusts working together across Hampshire and Dorset:

  • Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Each Trust will have its own Closer2Home Team but the overall service will be coordinated and managed across the Provider Collaborative by a dedicated management team. Therefore, we will facilitate staff to work across the Trusts and within the Closer2Home teams to provide maximum flexibility for both staff and to meet the needs of the service. This will also result in increased opportunities to develop your career whilst working within the service.


Working for our organisation

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do, and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion, and expertise in all we do.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification.  When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact [email protected] to access the support.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of.  Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

This is a fixed term role and for those with current NHS service, the role will be offered on a secondment basis only.  Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to diploma or NVQ Level 3 in Care and equivalent Skills acquired through experience working in a healthcare Setting.
  • Maths / English Level 2 or equivalent (GCSE C / 4 or above)
Desirable criteria
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, social policy, health sciences) at 2:2 or above

Knowledge / Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience working in the community with Mental Health
  • Experience of analysing and communicating complex information verbally and in writing
Desirable criteria
  • Experience running groups/activities
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Lived experience of mental health issues/difficulties


Essential criteria
  • Able to establish and maintain empathic, supportive relationships with people in significant distress or who are cognitively impaired, their families and carers
  • Able to receive, understand and communicate confidential client information of a sensitive and often complex nature, including discussing care with family members within boundaries of confidentiality
  • Able to make good use of clinical supervision in a group and/or individual format
  • Able to contribute to risk assessment drawing on complex and multiple sources of information, once trained and under clinical supervision
  • Able to prioritise workload according to peoples' changing needs and the priorities of the team


Essential criteria
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

National Interim Quality MarkNHS Pastoral Care Quality AwardModern Slavery ActApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyAge positiveInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingPrince's Trust - Proud to support the Prince's trust - Youth can do itStep into healthNHS 75th BirthdayHappy to Talk Flexible WorkingArmed Forces Covenant

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Naomi Jenkins
Job title
Team Manager - Dorset Closer2Home
Email address
[email protected]
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