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Mental Health
Band 8a
Fixed Term contract until 31st March 2021
Full time: 37.5 hours per week. Predominantly Mon-Fri but flexibility in days and hours can be agreed
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Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Employer type
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Hospitals
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells
£45,753 - £51,668 pa pro rata
Salary period
07/08/2020 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Lead Mental Health Practitioner

Band 8a

We are setting up a new Psychological Service to support and improve the mental wellbeing of our workforce.  As a new service we are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced mental health practitioner to help establish this new role and service within the Occupational Health Department.  The successful candidate can be from a RGN / RMN, Psychology or Psychotherapist profession with the relevant and appropriate experience for the role.  The service will essentially be a Monday to Friday role and we can be flexible around the days and hours worked and would equally expect the candidate to have some flexibility for out of hours or weekend working if required.

The Opportunity...
To continue the development of a high quality psychological service delivering both preventative and reactive psychological support to staff within the Trust.  The role will include undertaking assessments to support and advise the Occupational Health Team in managing mental health within the workplace; formulating and implementing psychological interventions and management plans for individuals and teams.  There will also be elements of education and awareness training on identifying, managing and supporting mental wellbeing for Managers and staff of the Trust alike.

You will work as part of an established team consisting of Occupational Health Nurses and Physicians to create a wider multidisciplinary service.

You will have a key role in leading in the design and implementation of individual and group psychological programmes.

You will support with the training and clinical supervision of a Mental Health Practitioner and Psychological First Aiders. You will also have involvement in audit, policy, service development and the assessment and interpretation of outcomes.
As a member of the psychology department, there will be considerable opportunity for further professional development through access to various CPD activities/events and research.

It is planned that this service will become a permanent and substantive function of the Trust creating the opportunity for the post holder to apply for the fixed term contract to become permanent.

You will be expected to attend the Trust’s Induction Programme for RNs, RMs and ODPs (which starts on the first day of employment).  The programme is full-time (please contact the programme lead if this is problematic:, lasts for two weeks and will involve travelling to both Trust sites. The programme includes supernumerary shifts in the clinical area and classroom-based study days which run from 9am to 5pm.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at enhanced level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and seek to empower all diverse groups within our trust. We seek to develop a culture where diversity in all its forms is celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that women are empowered to work at all levels of management and that working patterns are as flexible as possible giving all members of staff opportunity to flourish in using their skills for our patients. We work across our trust to enable those who consider themselves to have a disability both visible and invisible to have access to all they need to thrive in their work environment. We work with Stonewall to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. We have 78 nationalities working in our trust and we are proud of this. We are active in embracing the ethnic and cultural diversity in our trust. We work to empower people with any protected characteristic to have opportunities to work in an environment that helps them to contribute to the best of their ability, recognising and valuing the unique contributions each of us brings for best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act with zero tolerance for any discrimination, harassment or victimisation of applicants and staff with these protected characteristics

Closing Date: Friday 7th August 2020 

Interview date: To be Confirmed 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Christian Lippiatt
Job title
Head of Occupational Health
Email address
Telephone number
07753 421057
Additional information

Ann Munro, Clinical Lead for Psychological Services;