Service Manager, Mental Health Services

Orkney Islands Council

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Mental Health Service

Service Manager

35 hours per week (Council) or 37.5 hours per week (NHS)
Council - £40,230 - £43,770 (including Distant Islands Allowance) or
NHS - Band 8a £40,428 – £48,514 (plus Distant Islands Allowance)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Service Manager to lead the integrated Community Mental Health Services including the CMHT, Psychological Therapies, Substance Misuse and CAMHS services.

We are looking for a skilled mental health professional with skills in leadership and management, knowledge of current legislation and good practice in mental health. Reporting to the Head of Health and Community Care Services will be opportunity for both operational and strategic input into the development of the service.

The position is jointly funded between Orkney Islands Council and NHS Orkney and sits within the remit of the Integrated Joint Board, Orkney Health and Care.

Recently voted the best place to live in Scotland, Orkney is the second most northerly of the islands areas, with 17 inhabited islands. Although geographically remote, Orkney is easily accessible by air or boat and has a cosmopolitan community with immense historical and cultural impact. From food to sports, music to technology, Orkney has a reputation for excellence and award winning. Scotland's smallest local authority enjoys unique opportunities for collaboration with partner agencies and is committed to developing innovative approaches to joint work with the Health Service (NHS Orkney) and Local authority via the Integrated joint Board (IJB) Orkney Health and Care.

We demand high standards and support continuing professional development and national involvement. Accredited training opportunities are made available and a generous package including a relocation allowance is provided to help you resettle here.

We are interested in candidates from either a NHS or Local Authority background. It is possible for the successful candidate to choose which organisation they prefer to be formally employed by with the associated terms and conditions.

You will be committed to the delivery of integrated, outcome focused community mental health services, incorporating principles of choice, control, community involvement and holistic life planning. You will be able to evidence a strong grasp of the requirements of quality assurance and performance management, and of managing accountability across a range of professions and agencies.

You will also manage a team of professional social work, community mental health nursing, occupational therapy, psychology and support staff, and lead and develop the provision of home treatment services. You will have the opportunity to engage with the national development agenda and contribute to the strategic response to these.

The islands offer – and our services must sustain – a unique quality of life for all the people who live here.

The successful candidate will be a qualified and registered mental health professional with significant post-qualifying experience. Experience of community mental health services, and of managing multidisciplinary staff and resources, will be an advantage.

This post is subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in respect of regulated work with children and adults.

For further information please contact John Trainor, Head of Health and Community Care, on 01856 873535, email:

Closing date for applications: Sunday 23 October 2016


Additional information

Please note that interview and resettlement expenses will be paid for this post.

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