Band 7 Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner (Civilian)
Are you an experienced Band 6 or Band 7 Community Mental Health Practitioner looking for an exciting and rewarding role? Do you have qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other NICE approved psycho-therapeutic interventions with experience of working in adult mental healthcare? Are you an experienced people manager, seeking job satisfaction, numerous benefits, and training opportunities? Would you like your career to take a different direction into a friendly and professional organisation? Do you have experience of working with military populations? This 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, then we have vacancies for a Band 7 Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner at the Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Faslane.
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 (Department of Community Mental Health) 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, which could include the coordination of complex care for a defined case load. As the successful post holder, you 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.
Duties of the role include, but are not limited to:
• To provide high quality, evidenced-based psychological therapy to service personnel with more complex needs under the care of the DCMH.
• To manage a defined clinical caseload delivering optimum personal and professional standards to assist the care process in accordance with DCMH protocols and clinical governance.
• To line manage band 6 practitioners as needed
• To act as a clinical and educational resource, both within the DCMH and to the broader military community, to Medical Officers/General Practitioners (MO/GP), advise Unit Commanders on mental health matters and the administrative management of personnel with mental health difficulties and lead with Health Promotion initiatives.
• Provide specialist supervision to colleagues and staff that are working towards specialist Qualification/accreditation.
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 see attached Job Description and Person Specification for role requirements in further detail.
• 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)
• Must possess a Postgraduate/Graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments with demonstrable experience in a community mental health role.
• Registration with relevant professional body: you are expected to have the skills required to work as a registered professional and adhere to the NMC or HCPC Code of Conduct.
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
HWB2 – Assessment & Care Planning
HWB6 – Assessment & Treatment Planning
HWB7 – Interventions & Treatment
NHS G6 – People Management
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• Access to the NHS Pension Scheme
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.
The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV.
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.
At interview, you will be tested against the following Framework:
• NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB2 – Assessment & Care Planning
• NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB6 – Assessment & Treatment Planning
• NHS Health & Wellbeing – HWB7 – Interventions & Treatment
• NHS General – NHS G6 – People Management
Travel to interview costs will not be reimbursed.
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.
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.