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Consultant Psychiatrist - Southwark Mental Health Liaison Team

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £88,364 - £119,133 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Jun 2023
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) has an exciting opportunity and is looking to recruit a Consultant Psychiatrist for the Southwark Liaison Psychiatry Team based at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill.

In this role, the Consultant Psychiatrist's expertise will be the driving force for life-changing treatment - supported by trainees and a first-class multidisciplinary team. The Consultant will have a unique opportunity to work with the leadership team to develop effective interface between services. This role is for the individual interested in service improvement and development of their leadership skills.

Main duties of the job

It is a condition of your employment that you are, and remain, a fully registered medical practitioner and are included on the Specialist Register for General Adult Psychiatry held by the General Medical Council (GMC), or are eligible for inclusion into the register within six months of your appointment and continue to hold a licence to practice. You will be approved under Section 12 (2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 and be an Approved Clinician or able to achieve this within 3 months of your appointment.

The salary range for this post is in accordance with the NHS consultant salary scale (whole time), plus London Weighting (whole time).

The main duties of this 6 PA consultant post are to provide psychiatry consultant leadership and to act as Approved Clinician to the Southwark Liaison Psychiatry Team. The post holder will provide clinical cover for the other Southwark directorate consultants and vice versa. The post holder will be employed by the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

About us

The trust is part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC). KHP is responsible for seeing 2 million patients each year, has 25,000 employees and 19,500 students, and a �2 billion annual turnover. It brings together the best of basic and translational research, clinical excellence and world-class teaching to deliver ground-breaking advances in physical and mental healthcare. There are excellent opportunities for teaching, training, supervising and mentoring medical students and trainee doctors, participating in audit and quality improvement projects and getting involved in research. You will work very closely with your fellow consultants and be encouraged to participate in and be part of the famous Maudsley Grand rounds as well as be an active member of the Southwark MAC (Medical Advisory committee) where you will have the opportunity to regularly network with and seek support from your consultant colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide enthusiastic, and flexible, joint clinical leadership and consultant input into the team, alongside the Clinical Service Lead
  • To take consultant responsibility for patients assessing or supervising assessment and management of patients and devising or helping to devise appropriate treatment plans and medication regimes, providing prompt medical response, and advising and work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • To offer expert risk assessment and management skills in complex care of people with severe mental illness in the acute hospital
  • To ensure excellence in the delivery of evidence-based treatments
  • To act as a source of support, advice and information to current or prospective patients and their carers, referrers, team members and other professionals
  • In conjunction with the Clinical Service Lead, will help to represent the team at care pathway meetings and other internal and external meetings where needed.
  • To provide reciprocal Approved Clinician cover including under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act for the leave, study leave and sickness of senior medical staff in Southwark during working hours
  • To keep up to date with all developments in research and treatment around acute care pathways and inpatient mental health care
  • To develop strong working relationships with outside stakeholders, notably GPs, local authority social services, housing providers and local voluntary organisations.
  • To undertake responsibilities as an approved clinician under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983 as needed
  • To work flexibly with other teams within SLaM and other mental trusts, and with the voluntary sector, to ensure good coordination of care

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council (General Adult) (A)
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT (A)
  • Eligibility for approval under Section 12(2) of Mental Health Act 1983 (A)


  • Higher degree (MD or PhD) (A)
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (A)



  • Commitment and experience of multi-professional team working (I)
  • Confidence in managing acute risk in an inpatient setting including use of MHA as appropriate. (I)
  • Ability to take a leadership role ensuring high-quality care and staff morale (I)
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work (I)


  • Experience of service development in mental health (I)
  • Experience within Home treatment teams or acute mental health liaison.(A)
  • Experience within general community settings (A)

Personal Skills


  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating (A,I)
  • Confidence in therapeutic risk-taking (A,I)
  • Excellent communication skills (A,I)


  • Commitment to developing user-focused services (A,I)
  • Willingness to innovate and problem-solve service issues (A,I)

Management / Audit


  • Participation in Medical Audit and Quality Improvement initiatives (A,I)
  • Commitment to Clinical Governance (I)


  • Evidence of training in management skills (A,I)

Teaching/ medical education


  • Experience of Teaching at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. (A,I)


  • Formal postgraduate teaching training (A,I)
  • Deanery approval to supervise psychiatric trainees. (A,I)

Research experience


  • Experience in research projects (A,I)
  • Commitment to research - informed mental health care and service developments (A,I)


  • Evidence of research interests (A, I)

Other qualities


  • Commitment to developing user-focused services (I)
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills (I, A)
  • Ability to appraise own performance (I)


  • Experience of active involvement in service user initiatives (I)

Experience and clinical skills


  • Excellent working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Appreciation and understanding of ethnic minority issues and a commitment to developing culturally sensitive practices
  • Understanding of social factors relevant to psychiatry


  • Experience of service development and introducing new services in mental health
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Other Qualities


  • Commitment to developing user-focused services
  • Ability to get on with colleagues across disciplines and specialties
  • Ability to appraise own performance


  • Experience of active involvement in service user initiatives

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Maudsley Hospital

Denmark Hill



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