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Clinical Teaching Fellow

Livewell Southwest CIC
£40,257 to £51,017 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Applications are invited for the Clinical Teaching Fellow in Adult Mental Health (AMH) post at Livewell Southwest (LSW). Clinical Post location is dependent on experience of the candidate, Liaison Psychiatry or rotation to include Services in Adult Mental Health. This is a new, exciting and well-supported post created in partnership with the Peninsula Medical School at the University of Plymouth. It will incorporate clinical commitment (60%) in adult psychiatry and an undergraduate teaching fellowship role (40%).

The successful candidate will be planning a career in psychiatry potentially with membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The post would suit a doctor wishing to broaden experience in AMH Services prior to application of specialty training.

Job description is Glenbourne focused but the clinical post location will be decided at interview.

Main duties of the job

In applying for this post, you will be particularly passionate about academic teaching, development and delivering training opportunities for various grades of medical staff. You will be well organised and an excellent communicator in order to balance the commitments of both the clinical and academic parts of the post. There are a host of exciting development opportunities for the right candidate as you will be working in a department that has a strong tradition in teaching and training both at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities:

1.For this post six sessions of the post-holders timetable will be required to look after patients across Adult Mental Health and receive multi-disciplinary support based on their individual needs. Liaison and clinical discussions with team members if often required around their complex needs.

2.Clinical duties include supervising the assessments done by foundation doctors on patients admitted to inpatient units, guiding junior doctors in arranging investigations and initiation of treatment plans. The postholder will be responsible for conducting regular reviews (often medication reviews) of individuals on caseload and will liaise with GPs and members of the community mental health teams and other agencies as appropriate.

3.The postholder will take responsibility for the supervision of appropriate clinical letters (e.g. discharge summaries) done by junior doctors. Occasional reports for tribunal and hospital manager hearings may be required and will be prepared with the advice of the Consultant.

4.The postholder will currently be responsible to one of the substantive consultants in post. Supervision will be provided fortnightly.

5. Provision of cover for annual leave, study leave, and short-term sickness will be negotiated. Normally the doctors cross cover for each other.

6. Occasionally it may be necessary to provide short-term cover for other team doctors for unforeseen emergencies.

7.The postholder will be encouraged to develop psychotherapeutic skills. There are opportunities for experience and training in family therapy, CBT, group work and some individual psychotherapy modalities.

8.The postholder will be encouraged to attend regular local educational programmes and present at Case Conferences and Journal Clubs along with participating in audit. Currently the postgraduate education meetings are held on Wednesdays at the Local Care Centre, Mount Gould Hospital.

9.The postholder is expected to participate in the teaching of psychiatric trainees, medical students and other staff attached to the team on placement. This is an excellent post for the acquisition of teaching skills as the department has a well- established tradition of teaching at all levels from medical students up to senior trainees.

10.It is expected that the postholder will be registered for CPD and will develop a personal learning plan.

11.The post holder will be remunerated in line with the 2016 junior doctor contract pay schedule.

12. Funded study leave may be available for relevant conferences but must be agreed with the Director of Medical Education in advance, including travel expenses and accommodation.

13.To participate in a yearly appraisal as required for the purposes of revalidation. LSW will provide a suitably trained appraiser. Appraisals are separate from the job planning process. LSW actively encourages medical staff to take part in the 360 degree appraisal process on a five yearly basis.

14.Job planning will be yearly and carried out in negotiation with the supervising Consultant/Consultant Lead and the Clinical Teacher Lead for Adult Mental Health. All parties will be consulted and negotiated with in the event of job plan content changing including access to the Local Negotiating Committee which has Specialty Doctor and Junior Doctor Representation.

15.To uphold the principles of Clinical Governance and adhere to LSWs clinical governance requirements.

16.To adhere to all the organisations policies and procedures.

Teaching Responsibilities:

1.For this post, four sessions of the post holders timetable will be required to take a lead in organising teaching activities for medical students during their rotations in Adult Mental Health & Learning Disability Pathway weeks.

2. The postholder is expected to liaise with placement providers to check their availability during the terms and lead on organising timetables under supervision from the Clinical Teacher Lead for Adult Mental Health.

3.The postholder is expected to provide the Induction sessions at the beginning of clinical pathway weeks to the groups of students posted here.

4.The postholder is expected to organise various assessments for medical students such as the In-Vivo competency (Observed Mental State Examination) assessments. The postholder will help organise clerking opportunities for presentation at clinical reasoning sessions (two per week) although the latter sessions will be run by permanent senior clinical colleagues.

5.The postholder is expected to take part in delivering formal teaching activities such as lectures, plenaries and helping in running Special Study Units (SSUs).

6.The postholder is encouraged to provide teaching or educational activities for other junior doctors such as foundation and core trainees in psychiatry and other staff as needed.

7.Regular supervision for teaching activities will be provided by the Undergraduate Psychiatry Lead on a two weekly basis alternating with clinical supervision.

8.The postholder is expected to attend the termly teaching governance meetings with the Clinical Teacher Lead for Adult Mental health, Clinical Pathway Lead and Clinical Liaison Team representative to discuss overall satisfactory progression of teaching activities in Psychiatry.

9. The postholder is expected to reflect on their teaching portfolio by conducting activities such as audits, multi-source feedbacks etc. as agreed in teaching supervision.

10.The successful applicant will be expected to attend the Peninsula Medical School clinical provider training

Main Working Relationships:

Adult Mental Health, LD & Substance Abuse Consultants

Training Grade Doctors in AMHS

Deputy Locality Manager (City Wide Services responsible for AMHS)

Consultant Supervisor for clinical roles Consultant Psychiatrist in Glenbourne

Consultant Supervisor for teaching roles Clinical Teacher Lead for Adult Mental Health

Director of Clinical Studies, Peninsula Medical School (PMS)

Clinical Pathway and Year 5 Lead (PMS)

Clinical Liaison Team (PMS)

Other core PMS teaching faculty

Clinical Director

Medical Director

All AMHS staff

Working age group patients and their carers who access our services

Medical Education Administrator

Person Specification



  • Medical GMC
  • MBBS



  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Full registration with GMC with a licence to practice
  • Minimum of 4 months post graduate experience working in Psychiatry
  • Knowledge of current mental health legislation with clear understanding of legislation relevant to adults.
  • Ability to interview and assess adult mentally ill and write comprehensive clear medical notes
  • Ability to manage potentially violent and disturbed patients
  • Ability to form good working relationships within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Willingness to undertake work in a clinic and community setting
  • Ability to apply evidence-based approach to management of clinical problems
  • Ability to communicate with patients and staff, both orally and in writing to a high standard
  • Computer and IT skills
  • Reliability
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Caring attitude to patient and relatives
  • Contribute to efficient running of the service
  • Contribute to department management


  • Membership of the Royal
  • College of Psychiatrists or equivalent
  • Higher degree
  • Eligible for Section 12 Approval
  • Two years post graduate experience in Psychiatry
  • Prior experience in writing reports and presenting at First tier Mental Health Review Tribunals and Hospital Manager Hearings
  • Interest/experience in research/audit
  • Ability to maintain and build relationships across multiple physical and organisational boundaries
  • Ability to motivate a multidisciplinary team

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