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People who work at the Commission play a vital role in promoting the rights and welfare of some of Scotland's most vulnerable people.

Working with us

At the Commission we champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, cultivating a sense of belonging and providing a workplace where everyone feels valued. We aim to have a workforce which represents the wider society that we serve and therefore encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and under-represented groups

We have Disability Confident Employer accreditation, which means we are committed to employing disabled people, and will interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.

As part of our recruitment process for employment opportunities, we collect and process personal information and data relating to the job applicants. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that information.

Please see our Job Applicant Privacy Notice for full details about how we handle your personal information. It gives contact details if you want to make an enquiry about, or get a copy of your personal data.

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Becoming a DMP

If you are a psychiatrist interested in becoming a second opinion doctor/designated medical practitioner (DMP), and if you meet the recruitment criteria, we would like to hear from you.

The Mental Welfare Commission organises induction training and aims to provide annual seminars and updates. There is prompt support from the Commission’s administration team and Commission doctors if DMPs have queries. DMP work is highly flexible to suit DMPs’ schedules and they can do as many or as few assessments as they like.

Recruitment requirements for substantive consultants*

  • possess MRCPsych or an equivalent qualification;
  • be a Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Section 22 Approved Medical Practitioner (AMP), registered with a health board and be on the local NHS list of approved medical practitioners;
  • have at least three years of clinical experience in using the Mental Health Act as an Approved Medical Practitioner in Scotland (includes the experience gained during higher training in Scotland);
  • have full GMC registration and licence to practice;
  • demonstrate evidence of regular appraisals;
  • be connected to a designated body and have a responsible officer;
  • be in a CPD peer group and meet good standing of at least 50 hours of CPD per year;  and 
  • have a valid Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) certificate for adults (and children, if you plan to do DMP assessments for children in future after a successful application). 

*We also welcome applicants who are locum consultants or experienced non-consultant grade psychiatrists (including specialty and associate specialist doctors) who meet the above requirements and who are used to working autonomously including prescribing and making treatment plans. 

We may discuss the application with prospective applicants as part of the application process.

For more information please contact us on 0131 313 8777 or email us at mwc.enquiries@nhs.scot.

Employee benefits

Employee benefits are non-cash provisions within the pay and benefits package, although they do have a financial value or cost for employers.

Includes annual leave, paid holidays, pensions, and more.

Annual leave

The annual leave entitlement for full-time posts is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days after 10 years relevant service (other NHS and local government service count towards this). Annual leave for part-time time is calculated on a pro-rata basis.

General/public holidays

Staff members are entitled to a total of 11.5 public and privilege holidays per year (pro-rata for part-time staff).


All staff members are automatically enrolled in the NHS pension scheme. The NHS pension scheme continues to be one of the most comprehensive and generous schemes within the UK. Staff members are free to opt out at any time.


The Commission gives its employees the opportunity of a flexible working hours arrangement, as part of the Flexi-Time scheme (where applicable, i.e office based staff and subject to certain conditions).

Other benefits

Employees are also entitled to apply for other benefits, such as Flexible Working, Special Leave, Career Breaks and Supported Learning.

Employee savings

The Commission participates in an employee savings scheme which allows staff to save money in a variety of ways:

  • Discounted shopping vouchers or gift cards
  • Cashback, save while you shop online
  • Special offers at hundreds of retailers

The scheme includes a number of major retailers, for example, Boots, Asda and Sainsburys.


This scheme allows employees to borrow up to £1,000 to pay for a bike through the Cycle2Work scheme. The loan repayment is automatically taken from your monthly salary.