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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.

Current vacancies

Please see below a list of the current vacancies at the Commission.

Becoming a DMP

If you are a psychiatrist with three years experience as a consultant with the NHS, you might like to apply to be a second opinion doctor/Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP).

We would like to hear from any interested consultant, but particularly need to recruit from Child and Adolescent Mental Health specialists, and those who are able to undertake regular visits in Grampian and Highland health board areas.

The Commission organises induction training. One day seminars are held annually in the spring, and later in the year if there are sufficient applicants. All second opinion doctors/DMPs are also invited to an annual training seminar.

To apply, you should have full GMC registration and licence to practise, possess MRCPsych or an equivalent qualification, and have at least three years experience of working as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in Scotland. You should also be on the local NHS list of approved medical practitioners at the time of induction.

For more information please contact us on 0131 313 8777 or email us at enquiries@mwcscot.org.uk.

The Mental Welfare Commission has statutory responsibilities in relation to DMPs under the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 part 16 and for second opinion doctors under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 part 5.

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.