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Band 7 Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner (Civilian)


Band 7 Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner (Civilian)

Job Reference: J221-A-20-24641

Employer: Department: DPHC (MH) Location: Seymour Block, 1st Floor, HMS Drake, HM Naval Base, Devonport, PL2 2BG Salary: £38,890-£44,503 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

Are you looking to broaden your clinical experience? Perhaps you have worked with military veterans and would like to know more about mental healthcare for serving military personnel? In this civilian post you will be delivering occupationally-focused mental healthcare within the Ministry of Defence whose purpose is to protect the people of the UK, prevent conflict, and be ready to fight our enemies. Experience of working with military populations would be welcome but it is by no means a pre-requisite for application. Your interest, enthusiasm and commitment are more important!

Are you an experienced Band 6 or Band 7 Community Mental Health Practitioner, with experience and qualifications in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to adults, looking for an exciting and rewarding role? Are you an experienced people manager? Are you seeking job satisfaction, numerous benefits and training opportunities? Would you like your career to take a different direction into a friendly and professional organisation? Then this is the post for you.

The Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner will work autonomously within a small multidisciplinary team to provide a timely and high quality specialised/occupational mental health service for all Service and entitled personnel within the DCMH area of responsibility (AOR) and manage Band 6 team members.

You will provide flexible and individualised care packages to meet the mental health requirements of entitled patients with mental health needs, which could include the co-ordination of complex care for a defined caseload. The post holder will require specialist clinical risk assessment and treatment skills, along with an understanding of the occupational role and needs of individuals presenting to the service.

The role will require you to be proactive in the development of service and organisational initiatives and will offer educational resources to Medical Officers/General Practitioners (MO/GP), along with advice to Unit Commanders on mental health matters, the administrative management of personnel with mental health difficulties and mental health promotion.

Please be aware that if you are found successful you will be asked to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B.

The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV. At interview, you will be tested against the following framework:

NHS Health & Wellbeing - HWB1 - Promotion of Health & Wellbeing

NHS Health & Wellbeing - HWB2 - Assessment & Care Planning

NHS Health & Wellbeing - HWB3 - Protect of Health & Wellbeing

NHS Health & Wellbeing - HWB6 - Assessment & Treatment Planning

NHS General - NHS G6 - People Management

At interview you will also be asked for an analysis, care and treatment plan vignette.

Please ensure you demonstrate that you have the required skills, qualifications andmemberships in your CV and that you have saved it using your surname then first nameprior to submitting your application.

Please note that the salary will be pro rata where part time hours are undertaken.

The applicant should be professionally qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse or other healthcare professional with background in mental health and demonstrable experience in a community mental health role.

The applicant is expected to be registered with relevant professional body and to have the skills required to work as a registered professional and adhere to the relevant, NMC or HCPC, Code of Conduct.

In addition to being a qualified professional healthcare practitioner, the applicant should possess a Post- graduate/Graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments.


have substantial post-qualification training and experience in evidence based psychological therapies and be accredited or eligible for accreditation from a recognised body (BABCP, BACP, UKCP)

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

All employees joining Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

There is no requirement to deploy as this is met by our uniformed personnel, but you will form the continuity of care required by our patients when based at home.

Please ensure you have read all the details in the important information link prior toapplying.

Caring for our Armed Forces

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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