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Consultant Psychiatrist in Tony Hillis Unit

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) is looking to recruit a Substantive Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation Psychiatry for the Tony Hillis Unit (THU). THU are a 15-bedded high dependency rehabilitation unit for men aged 18-65 within Lambeth Hospital. THU is within the South London Partnership Complex Care Pathway (SLP CCP), who are the responsible commissioner for all NHS rehabilitation beds. THU provide a comprehensive service for individuals with complex treatment resistant psychosis, complicated by challenging behaviours, including violence, absconsion, dual diagnosis, poor engagement and physical co-morbidity. The expected length of stay is 6 to 12 months.

The service involves the service users and their carers in the planning, implementation and evaluation of their care within the constraints of the Mental Health Act. It enables service users to accept personal responsibility, self-determination and as much choice as possible. It also provides carers and relatives with appropriate information and support to enable them to continue to support the service user and maintain their relationship.

As part of the Trust-wide large-scale decant move programme, THUwill be relocated to Ladywell Unit in Lewisham in the early autumn of 2023. Reciprocal cross-cover for Approved Clinician responsibilities and on-call duties will be re-arranged locally upon relocation.

Main duties of the job

The main clinical duties are to provide senior medical input as consultant psychiatrist / Approved Clinician for the patients treated in the THU, and to be part of the joint senior leadership for the Unit. There is reciprocal Approved Clinician cover including under the Mental Health Act for the leave, study leave and sickness of senior medical staff in Lambeth during working hours.

It is expected that patients are under a treatment section of the MHA upon admission due to the nature of the ward (high dependency with a focus on challenging behaviour and needs). Patients who may meet the criteria as patients with challenging behaviour who may include forensic patients detained under Section 37 of the MHA.

The post holder will closely work with the senior leadership team of the SLP CCP, home teams of the patients and commissioners.

The post holder will provide out-of-hour senior medical input as per the Lambeth consultant on-call rota (1:24) with a category 'B' 1% banding supplement.

As for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, one full-time CT and part-time ST are placed in the team the post holder will be the Clinical Supervisor for the CT the ST is being supervised by the consultant for the other half of their placement. There are year 3 medical students of King's College London allocated to the team for their longitudinal placements.

About us

The post holder will take advantage of all the opportunities of innovative service development, quality improvement and management / leadership development within the Directorate as well as within the Trust. There are ample opportunities for educational and academic roles and collaborations as SLaM is part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and also the only mental health trust in the UK to have our own biomedical research centre, hosted jointly with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at KCL.

Job description

Job responsibilities

More detailed job description and responsibilities are found in the attached document.

There is support for newly appointed consultants in the StartWell group. As part of this, the post holder will have the opportunity of having a more senior consultant as a mentor.

Those who would like to work with fewer sessions or flexibly are welcome to apply.

Person Specification



  • CCT in Rehabilitation Psychiatry or dual CCT in Rehabilitation and General Adult Psychiatry or equivalent within 6 months
  • Section 12(2) approved
  • Approved Clinician status within 3 months upon appointment


  • MRCPsyc/FRCPsych or equivalent
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

Knowledge and skills


  • Wide-ranging knowledge and clinical expertise in bio-psycho-social assessment, treatment and management of patients with the complex mental health conditions in inpatient psychiatry settings
  • Evidence of excellent knowledge and experience in rehabilitation psychiatry and complex care pathways
  • Significant experience in risk assessment and management including positive risk taking


  • Specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Experience of work in different cultural contexts

Academic skills


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes


  • Formal training or qualification in medical education
  • Experience of teaching a multidisciplinary team
  • Has led quality improvement projects leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients

Personal quality


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in MDT


  • Experience of multi-agency collaboration

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

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Lambeth Hospital



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