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General Practitioner (Specialist Grade) in Forensic Psychiatry

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£81,500 to £92,500 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

We are seeking for a Substantive General Practitioner (Specialist Grade) with a Specialist Interest in Forensic Psychiatry based at Langdon Hospital, Dawlish. Langdon Hospital cares for adult male gentlemen with a serious mental illness. A stay can include admission and assessment of acutely unwell gentlemen, the varied road of their recovery and planning good quality continuity of care at discharge. An admission can last for months to years which gives a rare opportunity to build a high level of trust and give the time needed to identify and address physical health issues.

The role allows for attention to detail and patient specific care planning over a wide age range, currently 18-83 years of age. This age range generates a variety of physical health conditions.

The site also employs a wide range of staff with different skills working in various specialities, allowing the onsite GP to work in partnership within a wider MDT.

Langdon is a purpose built hospital set in a gentle countryside setting. This allows for appropriate clinical care to be offered balanced within a site in which close proximity to nature can be appreciated by all.

Main duties of the job

The role is suited to a person who is keen to explore and address the disparity of poorer physical health in those with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)

The reasons for the disparity is multifactorial and each service user will have a specific set of physical health issues. Care plans devised require a pragmatic approach to what is relevant, realistic and patient centred. The SMI experienced by a service user can cause numerous challenges in terms of assessment and management options. Although the site is relatively small in terms of numbers, the complexity of cases is what can define the work load.

As per general practice the health issues can be of a preventative, acute and chronic nature. The type of work allows for a service specific shared cared to be developed. An example is the obstructive sleep apnoea pathway. Here we do the overnight oximetry recording on site using our own equipment which our local hospital reviews and reports on. This allows for a more streamlined referral processed focused on those for whom a CPAP machine is specifically recommended.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • 10 years overall medical experience post MBBS qualification.
  • At least 5 years experience of working in Primary Care.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Experience of working with patients with Mental Health Difficulties



  • Strong Commitment to providing high quality clinical care.
  • Commitment to team working and respect and consideration for the skills of others.
  • Leadership both professionally and as a change agent.
  • Ability to work with mentally disordered forensic patients in a compassionate, empathic, non-judgemental and respectful manner.


  • Special interest in Forensic Psychiatry.
  • Awareness of relational security (special training will be provided).

Skills and Knowledge


  • Excellent clinical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Computer literate.
  • Knowledge of methods of high quality evidence based clinical interventions.
  • A good understanding of the role of different professional groups.
  • Good understanding of national primary care outcome measures.
  • Writing comprehensive, clear medical notes.
  • Ability to manage crises and act independently.


  • Experience of teaching and training health care professionals
  • Up to date life support training.
  • Advance Life Support (ALS)



  • - Full registration with GMC
  • - MBBS
  • - MRCGP


  • Other post graduate qualification

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