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Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Executive and Senior Manager Grade (currently under review)

 Salary: c£90,000 per annum

(Grade and salary are subject to NEC job evaluation)

We are looking for a strong, resilient leader, with experience of working in a multi-agency environment and implementing life-changing improvements across mental health services.

Someone who can direct a motivated and skilled workforce and who can actively promote the co-design and co-production of new services and ways of working together with mental health service users, their families, carers, staff and partner agencies in order to improve the lives of people requiring mental health and learning disability support.

Are you passionate about leading and delivering world class mental health care, shaping inclusive, mental health supports where the people who receive and the professionals who deliver our services are treated as equal partners?

If so, then this role is a unique opportunity to make a real difference to the mental health of the people of Tayside by leading a team focused on improving the quality of experience, care, treatment and overall health and wellbeing of those living with mental ill health and learning disability across the region.

The successful candidate will already have experience of leadership at a senior level and will be supported to further enhance and develop their strategic planning, leadership and management skills. They will be professionally accountable to the NHS Tayside Chief Executive and will work closely with Executive Directors across Tayside, Chief Officers, Third Sector organisations, Carers and people with lived experience. They will lead a team including the Associate Director for Mental Health, Associate Medical Director for Mental Health and the Associate Nurse Director for Mental Health and the wider Mental Health Senior Leadership Team across the Health and Social Care Partnerships to provide oversight of all mental healthcare services. The Director of Mental Health will influence and assure progress against the commitments made in the Listen Learn Change Action plan, the Tayside Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and whole system Change Programme.

In this role you will be a member of the NHS Tayside Executive Leadership Team and will be instrumental in leading the delivery of the Tayside Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Change Programme to redesign and transform our entire system of mental health services.

Generous relocation packages may be available depending on circumstances.

Further information is available as follows:


For a confidential discussion in the first instance please contact Catriona Mackie at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

NHS Tayside would also welcome confidential informal discussions:

  • NHS Tayside Chief Executive, Grant Archibald, 01382 660111
  • Interim Director of Mental Health, Kate Bell, 01382 496528
  • Medical Director, Dr P Stonebridge, 01382 660111


To apply you need to supply 2 documents:

  • a completed NHS Scotland Application Form
  • a supporting document – “Record of Achievement” – describing three work streams/projects you have been involved with in your current or most recent role.  You should detail your specific role, the objective, the measure of success and the experience gained.  No more than 500 words should be used per achievement.

The Application Form can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

Please email your completed application Form and supporting “Record of Achievement” to Katy Gall – 

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