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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/03/2020.

Band 6 Community Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: J221-A-20-18386

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Defence Primary Healthcare
RAF Leeming, Northallerton
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum

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 our Fixed term apppointment of a Band 6 Community Mental Health Nurse role at RAF Leeming for 12 months.

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.

The post holder will be a psychological therapist with qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with experience of working in adult mental healthcare. The Community Mental Health Practitioner will work autonomously within a multidisciplinary team to provide a specialised/occupational mental health service for all Service and entitled personnel within the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) area of responsibility (AOR) and the Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) Region as required.

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

  • Providing a rapid, timely and high quality mental health service to all patients referred to the DCMH for assessment and treatment of mental health problems and implementing changes as and when necessary.
  • To act as a clinical and educational resource to Medical Officers/General Practitioners (MO/GP) and offer advice to Unit Commanders on mental health matters, the administrative management of personnel with mental health difficulties and mental health promotion.
  • Providing initial assessment and formulation of the mental health and treatment needs for referred patients, planning, implementing and evaluating care with a high level of autonomy.
  • Performing clinical risk assessments on all patients seen, evaluating the safety of the patient and others in the community and be able to manage/ advise on therapeutic risk taking.
  • Initiating and participating in clinical supervision, case conferences/care meetings where mental health clinical input is required. Present patients seen to the MDT for guidance, support, supervision, training.

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)


Registered Mental Health Nurse with a demonstrable experience working at Band 5 or above.

- 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 technical skills/behaviours:

  • HWB1 – Promotion of Health & Wellbeing
  • HWB6 – Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

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.

If you are transferring to MoD from another government department (OGD) you will join the MoD on an inward loan. At the end of the loan you will return to your home department.

If you are a permanent MoD civil servant and are found successful for an externally advertised Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) you will move into the post under a Temporary Transfer (for up to 2 years). At the end of the posting you will return to your previous MoD Business area.

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

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.

UK Registration

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

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