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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) Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist. This is a replacement post due to the current post holder departing, and would suit an individual particularly interested in working with male patients with mental illness.

Applicants must be eligible for registration on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register, have Approved Clinician status and be approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act.

Main duties of the job

To manage, appraise and give professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed between consultant colleagues and the medical director and in accordance with the Trust's personnel policies and procedures. This may include assessing competences under the Modernising Medical Careers framework.

To ensure that junior medical staff working with the postholder operate within the parameters of the New Deal and are Working Time Directive compliant.

To undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients.

To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively, and submit this promptly to the Information Department.

To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.

To participate in annual appraisal for Consultants.

To attend and participate in the Wathwood academic programme, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD programme.

About us

Wathwood Hospital is a purpose-built Regional Secure Unit for patients with Mental Illness. The clinical facilities are currently divided into an ICU (3 beds), Assessment ward (11 bed), Continuing care ward (20 beds), Rehabilitation ward (22 beds) and The Lodges (20 beds).

Wathwood receives referrals from courts, prisons, the probation service, social services, high secure hospitals, other mental health units etc for the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders and others with similar needs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Lead a multidisciplinary team in the assessment and treatment of male patients requiring treatment in conditions of medium security. 2. Provide pre-admission assessments in line with contractual requirements and provide Commissioners with appropriate advice.3. Manage an inpatient case load of approximately 18 patients (case load up to 22). This includes patients across the hospital, with varying levels of acuity and treatment need.4. Chair ward rounds, convene and chair CPA meetings and provide clinical leadership to the MDT.5. Provide timely reports to Hospital Managers, Tribunals, the Ministry of Justice and Courts etc.6. Liaise with all necessary organisations in order to provide patients with the appropriate care pathway and will convene and chair Section 117 meetings.7. Be actively encouraged to develop expertise and participate in a range of psychological programmes offered in Wathwood Hospital.8. Comply with all Trust policies and procedures.9. Act as the Care Coordinator and oversee the treatment of patients in their care following admission.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCPsych or equivalent


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



  • 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 OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Risk management linked to provisions of mental health care including secure care and protection of public


  • 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


  • 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


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • 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


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

Research and Audit


  • Ability to critically appraise published research
  • Participation in on-going audit


  • Experience of involvement in a research project and publication

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Wathwood Hospital

Gipsy Green Lane


S63 7TQ

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