Livewell Southwest CIC
£88,364 to £119,133 a year
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We are looking for an outstanding consultant psychiatrist to join our Psychiatric Liaison Team full time.

The successful applicant will join an established psychiatric liaison team at Derriford. The team was formed by the amalgamation of an older adult and working age team in 2016. The liaison practitioners work across the age range from 18 upwards. In addition the Safeguarding Adults team, Alcohol Liaison nurse, Frailty Nurse (Cornwall Partnership Trust) and Liaison Learning Disability and Autism Team are co-located within the base.

Appointment will be to the new Consultant contract, salary range pro rata �88,364 to �119,133 for ten Programmed Activities (PAs), dependent on Seniority and Thresholds, subject to negotiation of the agreed job plan.

Main duties of the job

Enjoying the fast paced nature of ageless Liaison Psychiatry, you will be enthusiastic, professional and committed to providing the very best care for patients who often present themselves at the most critical stage of their illness. You will provide sound medical advice with ease to the internal team and also to colleagues in primary care.

As an experienced consultant, you will possess the skills and knowledge to supervise the foundation, GP and psychiatry trainees assigned to the department (you will receive protected time to do this). You will also have the opportunity to take part in psychiatric teaching and also in other academic meetings. You will be at the forefront of decisions regarding service provision, development and delivery and you will be at the heart of decision making with regards to risk and coordination of pathways for your patients.

About us

Employing only 52 senior grade doctors, LSW has a unique ability to provide doctors with job plans that are exclusively tailored to suit successful applicants. Additional opportunities are often available in research, appraisals, and audit, to name just a few. As a senior doctor, you will take an active awareness in LSW management, sharing advice and contributing to senior meetings as appropriate. With a robust Clinical Leadership Management structure, doctors are supported and encouraged to apply for roles to enhance their growth, be it as an Education or Clinical Supervisor or a member of the Medical Management Team. We are committed to fully supporting our doctors to stay connected to what interests them, even outside of their field of specialty, to ensure a career that stays stimulating and unique.

We believe in our doctors and your ability to contribute to the development of the organisation as a whole. As one of the UKs only providers of physical, mental and social healthcare services for people of all ages and one of the UKs largest health and social care Community Interest Companies, we know our staff are our biggest asset. LSW is rated good and outstanding in areas by the CQC and our staff are committed to improve on ratings year on year. We are also extremely proud partners of both Plymouth University and Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note the Job description is awaiting RCPsych endorsement.

The Liaison Psychiatry Service is currently funded to meet Core 24 Model Service Specifications with aspiration to further develop the service, including exploring PLAN accreditation and to provide more integrated psychological medicine service input to UHP. The department is developing close links with key partner services in UHP such as the Emergency Department, with 3 Clinical Specialist Posts for Liaison Psychiatry based in the emergency department recently funded to provide frontline triage and assessment.

Duties of the Post:

1. To be responsible for the diagnosis and formulation of management plans in complex cases, advising medical teams on appropriate integrated care. To act as Responsible Clinician for patients detained under the 1983 Mental Health Act within the General Hospital acute setting, when appropriate. Out of hours RC cover via Duty Consultant rota.

2. To provide clinical leadership to the team and develop the service in line with the needs of University Hospital Plymouth and LSW.

3. To provide advice regarding patient management to colleagues in secondary and primary care. Bridging the gap with regard to management of psychosomatic conditions in the community, (e.g. medically unexplained symptoms).

4. To assess and manage risk (e.g. suicide risk, violence/aggression, absconding etc.) relating to psychiatric conditions in general hospital settings.

5. Prescribing and giving advice to medical teams on psychotropic medication.

6. Providing expertise, and fulfilling statutory role, in managing medico-legal issues using Capacity and Mental Health legislation.

7. To supervise non-training grade doctors and psychiatric trainees allocated to your team. One hour per week supervision will be necessary as protected time for trainees attached to this post. This will include a CT1-3 or GP trainee and F1 trainees. This may include a higher trainee should they elect to work in this area, subject to availability and consultant eligibility.

8. Cover for leave will be provided internally by Consultant Liaison colleagues in the team. Usually cover for detained patients who are under Section 17 leave in the General Hospital will be via the respective inpatient consultant. General liaison duties will be covered by the respective CMHT Consultants if these cannot be covered from within the service. Cover for long term sick leave will not be expected via these cross cover arrangements. [GR(S1]

9. To be eligible for participation in the psychiatric Consultant on-call duty rota (currently 1 in 14), which covers both general adult, elderly psychiatric patients, as well as Learning Disabilities. The Working Time Directive has been implemented on the Consultant on-call and it allows for compensatory rest after on-call.

10. To advise and assist in the planning of services. Setting goals and targets for the team according to local and national drivers.

11. To play an active part in psychiatric teaching. There is an active postgraduate teaching programme in psychiatry and there are opportunities to contribute to other academic meetings.

12. Medical students from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medical and Dentistry (PUPSMD) attend regularly to obtain psychiatric experience as an integral part of their training, and the postholder will be expected to participate in teaching and providing feedback sessions to these medical students.

13. An interest in research and a willingness to supervise trainees will be encouraged.

14. To undertake clinical audit activity and to participate in both internal and external audit as required for clinical governance and revalidation purposes.

15. To participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. LSW is committed to CPD and the study leave allocation is 33 days per three-year period. The organisation funds CPD for its Consultants and all routine Journal Clubs and Case Conferences are validated for Internal Module CPD. A substantial part of each Wednesday is set aside for CPD activities. One Consultant is the local CPD co-ordinator. Local Peer Groups are established, for the RCPsych CPD/PDP programme, and the appointee will be invited to join one of these. The postholder will also be encouraged to join the perinatal peer group through the regional network.

Full RCPsych CPD requirements are supported, within 33 days over three year study leave entitlement. LSW supports senior medical staff taking on external roles, such as College posts subject to agreement in job planning.

16. Challenge stigma and discrimination towards psychiatric patients and professionals by raising awareness, presentations/teaching sessions and informal discussions with various professionals etc. in a general hospital setting.

17. To take an active interest in LSW management. The Consultant will work alongside the Service Manager to ensure smooth functioning of the service. They will be a member of the LSW Senior Medical Staffing Group and the Directorate Consultants Planning Group.

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

19. To take part in an Annual Appraisal Programme, with the development of Personal Development Plans, focused on Continuing Professional Development. Appraisal is by a locally trained and appointed peer.

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

It is essential that the post holder has, or is eligible for, Section 12 and AC approval in order to fulfil their expected clinical duties.

The postholder will be required to participate in the on call rota, which is currently 1:14. When on call you will be expected to provide cover for the Plymouth area for the following specialties Adult Psychiatry, Learning Disabilities and Old Age Psychiatry. Child Psychiatry is covered by a separate rota.

On call attracts additional payment and compensatory rest via a job plan. Payment and compensatory rest is due to be reviewed and is subject to change dependent on the outcome of monitoring. Currently inclusion on the rota is remunerated at 1PA per week with an availability supplement of 3%.

There is a junior doctor and a specialty doctor rota.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of Mental Health legislation
  • Participation in Continual Professional Development
  • MDT working
  • Ability to offer expert psychiatric opinion on full range of emergency and routine clinical situations


  • Experience in community psychiatry, experience in working in a Community Mental Health Team and CPA
  • Evidence of special interest.



  • Eligibility for full registration with GMC with a licence to practice.
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register in Psychiatry at the time of taking up the Post (Specialist Registrars applying in advance must be within six months of their CCT at the point of being interviewed).
  • Eligibility for Section 12 and Approved Clinician Approval.
  • Extensive experience in Adult Psychiatry essential


  • Higher academic Qualification (MSc, PhD or other relevant higher qualifications)
  • MRCPsych
  • Specialist areas e.g. Personality disorder, Eating disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
  • Qualification in Teaching & Learning
  • RCPsych Endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry and/or Older Adults



  • Ability to teach undergraduates


  • Experience in designing teaching curricula for undergraduates
  • Ability to provide educational supervision to SpRs/junior doctor



  • Ability to apply evidence-based approach to management of clinical problems


  • Completion of clinical research
  • Enthusiasm toward developing research in partnership with the university
  • Publications in refereed journals



  • Ability to communicate with patients and staff, both orally and in writing, to a high standard
  • Computer and IT skills
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