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Consultant Psychiatrist General Adult Psychiatry

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) are looking to appoint a Consultant Psychiatrist (General Adult) based at Fulbourn hospital, Cambridge.

We are looking for an energetic, highly motivated, and collaborative individual to deliver the adult inpatient service (Mulberry wards, Fulbourn hospital) alongside Consultant colleagues in the service, and in conjunction with a multi- disciplinary team.

This 10 PA post comes with 7.5 clinical sessions and 2.5 sessions of supporting professional activities per week.

Main duties of the job

This post consists of 10 Programmed Activities (10 PAs) of which 7.5 PAs are for direct clinical care and 2.5 PAs for supporting activities. The consultant will be responsible for the care of patients admitted to the Mulberry wards, alongside other consultant colleagues. The consultant will work with well-established services alongside other medical and non-medical colleagues in these teams. The appointed consultant will provide strong leadership to the teams and drive further service developments in acute care.

There is robust junior doctor cover in the form of speciality doctors/higher trainees and core psychiatric trainees. In addition, all inpatient teams are supported by FY trainees.

The successful candidate will be working alongside consultant colleagues in the South of the County. The post will involve close working relationship with modern matron, nurse specialists and team managers. There will be opportunities to take on management responsibilities both internally within the trust as well as externally with the Royal College. Mentoring will also be provided to help the new consultant settle in.

About us

CPFT is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT please visit our website

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Role of the Consultant Psychiatrist covers the following areas:
  • Represent the team to other Consultants and management.
  • Clinical areas:
    • Diagnosis
    • Bio psychosocial approach to treatment
    • Evidence based interventions
    • Legal issues
    • Boundary setting
  • Clinical Leadership:
    • Enabling/Encouraging other team members
    • Strategic planning and development
    • Available to the team both to individuals and the team as a whole
    • Active team member
    • Attend regular reviews
    • Work towards high team morale
  • Education:
    • Medical students from Cambridge University
    • Junior Doctors
    • Other disciplines
  • Participate in:
    • Evaluation
    • Audit
    • Research
    • Purpose and functioning of the team
  • A source of wisdom to the team
The post holder will:
  • Work in accordance with the New Ways of Working initiative for Consultants, attend regular team meetings such as MDT meetings and formulation meetings to discuss clinical issues with team members, care coordinators, inpatient doctors and other statutory agencies as required for the care of community patients.
  • Work closely with other consultant colleagues to ensure that the patient journey is as smooth as possible.
  • Give clinical leadership and actively liaise with general practitioners, psychiatrists and other hospital specialists, statutory and non-statutory agencies, whenever relevant to the care and treatment of patients.
  • Be committed to a multidisciplinary approach to care.
  • Use evidence-based interventions at all times.
  • Offer a consistent response to referrers/service users regardless of origin of referral in a timely fashion.
  • Offer an accurate diagnosis and timely interventions so that intensive treatment can be delivered to prevent chronicity and dependency on psychiatric services, in accordance with the recovery model.
  • Attend Mental Health Act assessments as requested for relevant patients.
  • Act as the Responsible Clinician for inpatients including attending Tribunals, as necessary.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of care programmes for patients.
  • Supervise junior and middle grade doctors in the team.
  • Participate in the teaching programmes of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Contribute to the collection of clinical information to ensure further service development and to enable audit.
  • Work closely with Consultant colleagues to contribute to the provision of appropriate Consultant cover for daytime, 9 am to 5 pm, (working days) and for periods of annual/study/special leave.
  • Participate in the on call Consultant rota primarily for advice as Consultants are on the 3rd
  • Participate in clinical governance activities.
  • Contribute to the teaching activities in the Trust.
  • Participate in teaching within the trust.
  • Contribute to the day-to-day management and to the overall service development agenda through appropriate involvement with managerial and clinical colleagues.
  • Undergo annual appraisal and fulfil the requirements of continuing professional development (CPD) in order to meet the criteria for revalidation by the General Medical Council.
  • Agree a job plan with the Clinical Director.
  • Attend the Trust Wide Medical Advisory Groups.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC registration and licence to practice
  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Approved Clinician and Section 12 Status or eligible to attend training


  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g.: MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • Completion of Clinical and Educational Supervisor Training

Entry criteria for grade


  • Specialty Registration in specialty
  • CCT in relevant specialty or within 6 months of attainment of Higher Training CCT at time of interview.
  • Shall have equivalent experience and competencies recognised by GMC



  • Experience in assessing and treating mental health patient in out-patient and community settings.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of training doctors in training.


  • Experience of working across different services within mental health. Other relevant experience, e.g. specific psychological therapies.
  • Qualifications of experience in managing physical illness



  • Previous experience in taking a leadership role in several multi-disciplinary teams, ensuring high quality care and staff morale.
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.


  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills
  • Knowledge of recent changes in case law, in relation to Mental Health.
  • Knowledge of recent changes in the NHS.

Qualities and Attributes


  • Ability to demonstrate/develop and understanding of service within the wider context of NHS Mental Health Services and PCTs.


  • Experience of developing services in a constantly changing environment within tight budgetary restraints

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