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Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: J221-A-20-18127

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Defence Primary Healthcare
Aldershot Centre for Health, Hospital Hill, Aldershot
£30,401-£37,267 per annum (pro rata for part time)

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

Are you professional and highly motivated with a drive for delivering excellent care? Are you looking to move into an exciting and rewarding role? If the answer is yes, you would be well-suited to the Band 6 Community Mental Health Nurse role we have available at Aldershot Centre for Health, Hospital Hill.

You will be part of a friendly team to provide a first-class mental health service for military personnel. The working environment is welcoming, inclusive and supportive, and you will be valued for the skills you bring.

DPHC is a vibrant and fast-moving organisation that aims to provide the very best primary healthcare to Defence personnel and in some locations, their families and dependants. In addition to General Practice, DPHC provides rehabilitation services, occupational health advice and community mental health support. The patient population is generally young and healthy and much of the work relates to occupational health, minor injuries and sports medicine, however where mental health care is required the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) offers a comprehensive assessment and treatment service on an outpatient basis.

Duties of this post include, but are not limited to;

  • Ensuring the provision of individual assessment, care planning, co-ordinating, evaluation and monitoring of specific evidence-based therapies/treatments for patients referred to the DCMH.
  • The maintenance of accurate and contemporaneous hard copy or electronic clinical records in keeping with NMC guidance on record keeping. Ensuring the proper administration, storage and archiving of medical records.
  • The provision of visiting community mental health liaison clinics at medical centres or other medical facilities within the defined DCMH catchment area.
  • Ensuring effective liaison with the Chain of Command (C of C) as necessary to co-ordinate the occupational aspects of patient care/management particularly where there are areas of risk.
  • Liaising as appropriate with SMOs, referring doctors, other CMHN’s and other Service welfare agencies in order to co-ordinate patient care pathways, bearing in mind not only the needs of the patient, but also the requirements of the Service.


Qualifications and Memberships

Applicants must hold the following qualifications and licences;

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or graduate level professional with background in mental health; substantial post-qualification training and experience in at least 2 evidence based psychological therapies and accredited or eligible for accreditation from a recognised body (BABCP,BACP, UKCP).

- Experience of working in a Community Mental Health setting.

- Demonstrable experience of using NICE recommended Psychological interventions.


- Must possess a Post graduate/Graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments with demonstrable experience in a community mental health role.


  • Registered with one the following regulatory bodies: NMC, HCPC


Selection Process Details

The selection at sift stage will be CV based. At interview, you will be tested against the following NHS Competencies;

  • HWB1 – Promotion of Health & Wellbeing
  • NHSC1 – Communication
  • HWB7 – Interventions & Treatment
  • HWB3 – Protect of Health & Wellbeing
  • HWB6 – Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • HWB5 – Provision of Care


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.


Further Information

The successful candidate will also gain access to the additional benefits of a competitive salary, paid holiday entitlement, opportunities for continuous professional development.

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

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.

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

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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.

UK Registration

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

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