Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2023
Applications are invited for a full-time (10 Programmed Activities) or a part time Consultant Psychiatrist/ Forensic Psychiatrist at HMP Nottingham and HMP Lowdham. This is partly a replacement post, and partly as a result of acquisition of a new contract and would suit an individual particularly interested in making a difference to societies' psychiatrically and socially most disadvantaged population namely the mentally disordered in prisons.

Main duties of the job

o Participate in Clinical Governance, quality assurance and audit in the SPA sessionso Contribute to plans for ongoing service developments.o Share administrative duties including provision of information, data and reports required for management of service.o Be an active member of medical staffing structures.o Manage and supervise psychiatric trainees.o Provide clinical leadership to mental health teams in HMP Fosse Way and Nottingham.

About us

The Trust provides Healthcare to nine prisons in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. This includes Integrated Healthcare including substance misuse to HMPs Ranby, Leicester, Lowdham Grange, Nottingham, Morton Hall, Gartree and Fosse Way. Physical and Mental healthcare is provided to HMPs Lincoln and North Sea Camp. A specialised personality disorder service is provided at HMP Whatton. Community Offender Personality Disorder and IIRMS services are provided in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

Mental healthcare in our prisons is provided on a Community Mental Health Team model augmented by the principals of Home Treatment, Assertive Outreach and Crisis Resolution. Integration with Primary Mental Healthcare is good as are relationships with the prison staff. Neurodiversity services are an additional strength of our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical duties in the prison are similar to those of a consultant in a CMHT. Whilst retaining the medical oversight for all the patients in the service the consultant will see new patients referred by the rest of the team. Participation in CPA and occasionally in sentence planning/risk management meetings is expected. The post holder will be involved with the multi-disciplinary team in the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders in HMP Fosse Way and Nottingham and may at times be asked to cover some of the other prisons in the directorate.

The referral rates in different prisons vary with more referrals in remand prisons. However, there is additional consultant manpower in both the prisons.

All new referrals, both from reception and following self-referrals are screened and assessed by mental health team and allocated accordingly. Some of these, around 1 in 5 would need to be assessed by a psychiatrist as well. The post holder would be expected to see around 10 new and follow up patients in a day. All patients on the caseload of the consultant would be case managed by a mental health nurse and would be provided psychological therapies as and when appropriate.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych or equivalent


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • Relevant higher degree, eg MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within 6 months.
  • Approved Clinician status and S12 OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment

Clinical Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Risk management linked to provisions of mental health care including secure care and protection of public
  • Ability to take a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring high-quality care and staff morale
  • Expert knowledge of forensic psychiatry


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service.
  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills

Academic Skills and Lifelong Learning


  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation.



  • 3 years approved higher training in Forensic Psychiatry (or General Adult Psychiatry and equivalent experience in forensic psychiatry)
  • Working with mentally disordered offenders


  • Experience of working in secure psychiatric settings
  • Relevant experience, eg specific psychological therapies

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Duncan MacMillan House

Porchester Road



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