Current Vacancies

We are always looking for ways to further develop our workforce and expertise.

If you feel that you have specific skills and experience that you could bring to our growing organisation, please do send a copy of your CV to for our consideration.

The Forum is committed to the wellbeing of its staff and offers a progressive and supportive work environment for all of our team.

Peer Specialists for Retreat East and West

The Retreat is an exciting and innovative approach to crisis support for people in Dorset. Delivered in partnership between Dorset Mental Health Forum and Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.

Based at two sites, Hahnemann House in Bournemouth and Maiden Castle House, Dorchester, The Retreat West offers an open access service for people in crisis and distress. The purpose of the Retreat is to provide a space for people to be listened to, connect with others, access peer support and brief one2one interventions. The Retreat has been developed as part of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group Acute Care Pathway Review.

The Retreat is available for people to access between the hours of 4:30pm and midnight, 7 days a week 365 days a year.

The staff team are a multi-disciplinary team jointly managed and supported by Dorset Mental Health Forum and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. Initially, we are looking to recruit a team of Peer Specialists who have experience of intentionally utilising their lived experience of mental health issues in a variety of settings. They will have robust self-management and wellbeing at work strategies and Recovery coaching skills. Peer specialists within this service will be expected to be able to representative of not just their own experiences, but also a broad range of people's experiences of mental health difficulties.

In the New Year 2021, we will be looking to recruit apprentice peer workers with lived experience of mental health problems, but who have perhaps not utilised this experience directly before.

We are looking for applications from across healthcare settings and the wider community. The Peer Specialist role involves getting alongside people in distress and supporting them to identify their strengths and resources, supporting people in their Recovery. The working pattern will be regular shifts in the Retreat and variable shift patterns will be considered. This role will be accountable to both Dorset Mental Health Forum and Dorset HealthCare.

Applicants should have a minimum of 1 years’ experience of utilising their lived experience in working with vulnerable adults in a similar setting and be conversant with current safeguarding policies and procedures.

Please download an application form and role summary here:

Retreat Peer Specialist job description.

Retreat Peer Specialist application form.

Please email completed application form to

Please ensure that you title the email 'Peer Specialists for The Retreat'.

The closing date for these roles will be 21st October 2019

IPS Employment Team Leader

Based at Hahnemann House Bournemouth

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new team leader to fully implement Individual Placement and Support (IPS) across Dorset’s secondary care mental health services. The IPS employment model is internationally recognised as the most effective way to support people with mental health problems to gain and remain in paid employment, based on over 20 years of research.

The service has recently been awarded additional NHS England Funding to provide a comprehensive IPS service across Dorset. This is an exciting opportunity to be responsible for developing and growing this project. We are looking for someone who can build on the existing good practice and partnership work to fully implement IPS, providing IPS focused leadership and supervision for the employment specialists and to effectively evaluate the impact of the service.

This appointment is a partnership position, employed and managed by Dorset Mental Health Forum but working jointly with Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust. This post will involve working across a range of agencies, employers and services, providing expert advice and support.

We are looking to recruit a team leader who has experience of working in supported employment services and believes passionately in valuing the expertise of people who have experienced mental health issues. The team leader will actively champion people’s rights to effective support in finding and maintaining employment.

Application forms and role description -

IPS Team lead job description.

IPS Team lead application form.

Please email completed application form to

Please ensure that you title the email 'IPS Team Leader Application'.

The closing date for this role will be 14th October 2019

Herrison Hospital Research Project

The Dorset History Centre holds the records for Herrison hospital (previously Dorset County Lunatic Asylum) and they are looking to gather together a small group of volunteers together to research the stories of Victorian patients.

The aim is to use these stories to develop projects in partnership with us here at the Dorset Mental Health Forum.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact Maria Gayton, Community Engagement Officer at the Dorset History Centre, on 01305 228947 or email:

Further details of the project can be found in the attachments below

Herrison Research Project details.

. Herrison Project Role Description.

. Herrison Project Context Statement.


Governance Vacancies

The Forum is always looking for people who may be interested in getting involved with the Forum’s governance.

These voluntary roles include Governance Partners and Trustees who contribute towards the charity’s success and strategic development.

If you are interested in these roles, please send your CV to -