Consultant in General Adult Inpatient Psychiatry

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Jun 2023
Applications are invited for a full time Inpatient Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry on Thames Ward, a mixed gender 17-bedded acute psychiatric ward at St. Charles Hospital.

The inpatient teams at St Charles Hospital work closely together in a supportive and collaborative manner and have close links with our community teams to ensure we provide high quality, safe and effective care to the people of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster with mental health needs.

*AAC to be held Monday 17th July*

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be expected to provide senior clinical leadership to the multi-disciplinary team, working as a part of the team and taking an active role in quality improvement initiatives and service evaluation projects. The postholder will promote good clinical care for all patients for both their mental health and physical health. They will be encouraged to undertake any quality improvement project which may be relevant to either short or long-term service improvement. We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and flexible with a commitment to delivering person-centred care. There is on-call responsibility with this post.

Applicants must be on the Specialist Register or within 6 months of obtaining the CCT and Approved Clinician Status.

The successful applicants will be eligible to apply for relocation support in line with the Trust's Removal Expenses Policy.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) specialises in caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs.Over recent years our catchment area has grown significantly, making the Trust's population more diverse than ever. We are constantly developing and working in innovative ways to provide modern, dependable services ino physical and mental health sectorso primary, secondary and community serviceso in health and social care settings for all ages

As a new consultant in the team you will be offered a place on the Management and Leadership Course run by the Trust, in conjunction with Imperial College. The Trust also has a partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), giving you the opportunity to gain knowledge in improvement science and enhance your skills and confidence to understand healthcare systems and successfully implement change.

A full access to a wide range of staff Benefits, Discounts and Offers you can enjoy when you join CNWL. Some listed but not limited to and some are open to your family too. Please refer to our Reward and wellbeing handbook for more information and full details on the deals you can save money on your weekly food shops, cinema tickets, meals out and holidays or even weekend breaks.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Study discounts for staff
  • Flexible working
  • Interest free loans - season tickets and car parking
  • Weekly paid bank work
  • Fitness and Wellbeing

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will have principal duties to provide clinical care to Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster residents admitted to Thames Ward. They will be supported by the MDT team that includes a Specialty Doctor (middle grade), 2 Core trainees (C1-CT2) and a Foundation trainee, as well as Occupational therapist, pharmacist and psychologist.
  • The post holder will provide joint leadership with the ward manager, for the performance culture of the ward, ensuring best practice is employed across the ward, and that the Trusts quality and productivity targets are met. They will promote good clinical care for all patients for both their mental health and physical health.
  • A key feature of the Acute Service vision is that in-patient care is delivered by an integrated multi-disciplinary team with a shared sense of ownership for the ward environment as well as the clinical services provided.
  • The post holder will adopt a pragmatic leadership style as a way of promoting this type of ward environment, thus ensuring collaborative working both at a clinical and an operational level.
  • The post holder will be expected to participate in Quality Improvement and service evaluation projects and will be encouraged to undertake any research which may be relevant to either short or long-term service improvement.
  • Together with the Matron and ward manager the post holder will provide overall clinical leadership for the Ward Multidisciplinary team as well as direct clinical assessments and consultations for the Team

Person Specification

Educational and professional qualifications


  • Primary Medical Degree
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date)
  • Section 12 MHA Approved
  • AC Approcal


  • MRCPsych (or equivalent)
  • Higher degree (MSc, LLM, MD or PhD)
  • Management and leadership training.
  • Management qualification and/or extensive knowledge and expertise acquired through training and experience up to doctoral level.

General knowledge/ experience & core skills


  • Experience of assessment and treatment of mental disorders in an acute psychiatric setting
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Proficient in risk assessment and management
  • Experience of use of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act in an inpatient psychiatric setting
  • Evidence of completed clinical audit projects
  • Evidence of undergraduate and postgraduate trainee teaching


  • Experience of service development/business planning
  • Completed research projects
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • High level knowledge of planned developments at a national level to improve efficiency and deliver quality services
  • Experience of teaching non-medical staff/carers

Other attributes


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Sound organisational skills


  • Evidence of evidence based medicine training, teaching and implementation
  • Training and experience of relevant therapies
  • Demonstration of ability to innovative practice and service improvement

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


St. Charles Mental Health Centre

Exmoor Street


W10 6DZ

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