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Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner (Civilian)

Job Reference: J221-A-20-18439

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Department of Community Mental Health
Building PP6, HM Naval Base, Sunny Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire
£30,401-£37,267 pro-rata

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

Are you an experienced Mental Health Practitioner looking for an exciting and rewarding role? 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?

If the answer is yes, then we have a vacancy for a Part-Time Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner (20 hours) at the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) - team located at the HM Naval base in Portsmouth.

The 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.

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.

Managing a clinical caseload delivering optimum personal and professional standards to assist the care process in accordance with DCMH protocols and clinical governance.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Receiving, appraising and advising on the direct referrals for mental health problems from relevant General Practitioners/Medical Officers GP/MO.
  • Key-work patients; planning and co-ordinating care.
  • 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.
  • Delivering up to date, evidence-based interventions for mental health problems based on guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Treatment Agency (NTA).
  • Facilitating emergency patient assessment during daily working hours, as part of a rota, in order to prevent where possible unnecessary admissions to the Inpatient Service Provider (ISP).

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 Competencies:

  • NHS Core - NHSC1 - Communication
  • 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 – HWB5 - Provision of Care
  • NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB7 - Interventions & Treatment

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 successful candidate will need to provide proof of the following:

  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree plus relevant experience in mental health.

It is also essential to have the following:

  • Registration with either (or both) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Demonstratable experience of using NICE recommended Psychological interventions.

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.

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