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Looking for a new challenge

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I am an RMN with a wealth of experience, varying from ward to day hospital, to primary care. For the last six years I have set up and developed a Primary Care Mental health Team serving 18 practices and comprising 10 staff. I have also recently completed an M.A..

I am an RMN with a wealth of experience, varying from ward to day hospital, to primary care. For the last six years I have set up and developed a Primary Care Mental health Team serving 18 practices and comprising 10 staff. I have also recently completed an M.A..

I am now looking to move on as it is time for a new challenge. I have loved primary care but recent developments have made it very hard to work to my best potential within this environment. Also I want to move to a job where I can use my M.A. skills more fully.

I am at present a band 7, up for review to move to a band 8a. I am having trouble finding a job that is at the right level. There are many band 7 team leader jobs, and then there seems to be a move to much more senior posts, and not in the right direction. I am not desperate to stay in primary care but would like a job where I am working across and managing boundaries, and establishing and developing new services or projects, as I believe this is where my skills lie.

Do you have any ideas where I could make contacts or explore ideas further? Would it be helpful to put a CV around other Trusts or is this politically not a good move?

I would appreciate your help.

Answer:

You are clearly a very qualified and very experienced person.It would indeed be helpful to send out your CV to other trusts, private hospitals/clinics and so on. Your own knowledge of your local area should enable you to research such establishments.

The ideal thing would be to meet the people in charge of such places and the best method of approach is to write a speculative letter. Then you will have the chance to ask all sorts of questions and, of course, to profile/promote yourself.

I hope this information helps.

Best wishes.

Tim Dotchin

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