Lived Experience Apprentice Support Time Recovery Worker

Dorset HealthCare Univ
Competitive salary
14 Jun 2021
23 Jun 2021
Role Type
Start Date
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)


Do you have lived experience of the criminal justice system along with mental health issues or other vulnerabilities?

If so, the Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Service is looking for a Lived Experience Apprentice Support Worker who is able to draw upon and share their experiences in order to inspire and support others in similar situations.

Support workers play a pivotal role in the service, working with service users to provide support with any practical concerns or difficulties that may be affecting their mental health and wellbeing. They provide time limited, 1 to 1 support to allow service users to access a wide range of agencies and services, such as housing, benefits and health.

NHS England and Improvement are supporting the development of apprentices with lived experience into pathways of employment. The successful applicant will have lived experience of engaging with the Criminal Justice System, Mental Health or Drug and Alcohol Services. This is an essential aspect of this role as you will use your own personal experience to engage others and support them to engage with the services that will promote their recovery. We appreciate some applicants may find it challenging to talk about lived experience, but you can be assured that we maintain a supportive and non-judgemental approach at all times.

As an all-age service, you will be working with adults and children with a complex range of mental health needs and other vulnerabilities who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. A key function in the role will be to work in close liaison with and build links between partner agencies and supporting effective enablement for vulnerable adults and children. Because the role involves working with vulnerable people this this post will be subject to a DBS check.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and be able to draw on their own experiences to help others.

This is a 15 month apprenticeship, during which time you will study for the Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker qualification and Care Certificate. Your studies will be enhanced by skills you will develop whilst working closely with the team's experienced support workers. We also have an exciting programme of placements with partner agencies such drug and alcohol services and Citizens Advice, as well as the chance to shadow other services within the Trust. The position is 30 hours per week and we are happy to consider flexible working patterns that fit in with the needs of the service.

Expected start date will be in line with academic term dates at the beginning of September.

The successful applicant is required to hold a full and valid UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work purposes.

Our existing apprentices or any member of the team will be happy to discuss the role with you - please contact us on 01202 705526 before applying.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sally Tatton,Policy Implementation Lead,, 01202 705526

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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 and buying and selling of annual leave
    • Car and Cycle scheme
    • Home technology equipment

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies early due to an exceptional response - please apply as soon as possible and refer to the Applicants Recruitment Flowchart.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won't be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.

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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