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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 Dr Mike Warwick, Commission Medical Officer, or Stephanie Grant, Casework Administrator, on 0131 313 8777 or email us at

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.