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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/09/2020.

Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner (Civilian)

Job Reference: J221-A-20-24719

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Department of Community Mental Health
Delhi Barracks, Tidworth/Bulford, Wiltshire
£38,890-£44,503 per annum (pro-rata if part time)

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

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? 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!

If the answer is yes, we have a vacancy for a Band 7 Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner at the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Tidworth. The DCMH is based in Tidworth, with a move to Bulford expected in the coming months, which would be the work location for at least one day per week however there is some flexibility about working from alternative locations (Bovington, Lyneham or Warminster) in addition to Tidworth.

DCMHs are multi-disciplinary teams comprising military and civilian staff: psychiatrists, mental health nurses, social workers, mental health practitioners and psychologists. 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).

You will provide flexible and individualised care packages to meet the mental health requirements of entitled patients with mental health needs. The post holder will require robust 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 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.

The job is challenging and varied. Whilst there are similarities with NHS roles, to make the most of this opportunity you will need to be willing to embrace a different organizational culture, take on wider team responsibilities and draw on your mental health knowledge and expertise. For example, you could find yourself running group programmes with military colleagues, completing small scale QIP, audit or research, working with the Navy, Army and RAF to promote psychological wellbeing.

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 NHS Competency Framework:

  • NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB1 – Promotion of Health and Wellbeing
  • NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB2 – Assessment and Care Planning
  • NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB3 – Protect of Health and Wellbeing
  • NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB6 – Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • NHS General – NHS G6 – People Management

And your analysis, care and treatment plan for a vignette.

Please ensure you demonstrate that you have the required skills, qualifications and memberships in your CV and that you have saved it using your surname then first name prior 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 including cognitive-behavioural therapy.


have substantial post-qualification training and experience in evidence based psychological therapies including cognitive-behavioural therapy, 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.

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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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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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