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Specialist Grade in Older Adult Psychiatry - Meadow View

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£80,693 to £91,584 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
Welcome to Devon Partnership Trust! We would like to invite you to apply for the Specialist Doctor post in Older Peoples Inpatient Mental Health Team working in North Devon.

This is a full time inpatient post for older people inpatient mental health services in North Devon. There is 0.4 WTE Consultant cover for this team. The post holder will work alongside the Consultant Psychiatrist.

The post holder will share clinical leadership with the other senior members of the team and be responsible for the psychiatric assessment and management of patients referred to the service.

Patient safety and Quality Improvement are key aspects of the role and training will be provided if required. Programmed Activities are negotiable for research, teaching, medical management and other special interests.

This post is suitable for Specialty Doctor and Associate Specialists in an existing or post-retirement with a broad level of older adult psychiatric expertise. International candidates are welcome to apply. Experience of working in older peoples inpatient mental health services is preferable but support will be given to doctors wishing to move from other psychiatric specialties or roles.

Approved Clinician status at appointment is preferable but those who would be eligible e.g., doctors applying from abroad, will be supported to obtain this authority.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment and management of older adult inpatients admitted to the Meadow View ward at North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple. The post holder will support the Responsible Clinician for patients detained under the Mental Health Act.

The majority of the patients on the ward will have a functional rather than an organic illness. However, there may be occasions when it is necessary to admit a patient with dementia to the ward. Patients with dementia and challenging behaviour will generally be admitted to the specialist dementia ward in Exeter.

From time to time a younger adult may be more suitably nursed on Meadow View ward and the post holder will be the Specialist Doctor in charge of their care. The admission of these patients will be negotiated with the post holder or the nursing staff. A reciprocal arrangement for older adults who would not be suitable for Meadow View ward, e.g. are very aggressive, is in place so they can be nursed on a younger adult ward.

A mentor and peer group will be provided. You will have 2 Supporting Programmed Activities (8 hours a week) to support your professional development, attend your monthly peer group, quarterly medical advisory committee, and local post-graduate meetings.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability 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.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values 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 & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident 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

Clinical Knowledge and Skills


  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Good knowledge of relevant Mental Health legislation including the MCA.
  • Good knowledge of clinical risk management.
  • Good knowledge of evidence based strategies for management of psychiatric disorder.
  • Excellent clinical skills in interviewing and physical and psychological assessment of patients.
  • Writing comprehensive, clear medical notes.
  • Ability to manage crises and act independently.
  • Ability to manage potentially violent and disturbed patients.
  • Confidence in assessing and managing physical health problems and emergencies.


  • Understanding of NHS organisational arrangements including social care
  • Up to date CPR training.
  • Ability to apply psychological models to practical situations.



  • Minimum of 12 years medical work (either continuous period or in aggregate) since obtaining a primary medical qualification of which a minimum of six years should have been in a relevant specialty in the Specialty Doctor and/or closed SAS grades. Equivalent years experience in a relevant specialty from other medical grades including from overseas will also be accepted.
  • Shall meet the criteria set out in the Specialist grade generic capabilities framework.


  • Experience at senior level working in the field of Psychiatry.
  • Experience of Home Treatment or equivalent.
  • Delivering supervision of non-medical prescribers.

Clinical Governance


  • Commitment to involvement in on site programme of clinical governance.


  • Knowledge of evidence based practice, clinical audit and involvement of users and carers in service provision.

Personal Skills, Motivation and CPD


  • Ability to communicate with clarity in spoken and written form.
  • Flexible approach, keen to accept new challenges.
  • Punctuality/good time management.
  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Well organised.
  • Willingness and ability to support other professions in achieving their educational aims.
  • Ability to organise own learning/CPD.
  • Commitment to process of CPD.


  • Ability to critically examine practice.
  • Registered with Royal College of Psychiatrists for CPD.

Practical Arrangements and Physical


  • Meets professional health requirements.
  • Ability to be independently mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner including urgently and in accordance to service need.


  • Access to appropriate personal transport to fulfil the post.



  • MB BS or equivalent.
  • GMC registration.


  • Membership or Affiliateship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent.
  • Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983.



  • Interest in maintaining up to date clinical knowledge base.


  • Enthusiasm to contribute to research on site.
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • IT skills.

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

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


North Devon District Hospital

Raleigh Park




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