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Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry - Neuropsychiatry

Solent NHS Trust
£51,000 to £80,000 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

A unique and exciting post offering the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a regional neurobehavioural brain injury unit, jointly run by psychiatry and rehabilitation medics.

You will be based on Kite Ward- 10 inpatient beds providing rehabilitation to people with a brain injury and psychiatric cognitive or behavioural impairment. It is a purpose built, modern, locked unit, providing rehabilitation with skilled MDT, submitting data to UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative. The team on Kite comprises nurses, therapists, admin staff and other doctors. The RC is a Consultant Psychiatrist, who provides 3PA input to Kite per week. There is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with behavioural management expertise, a full time OT, part time physio and a psychologist. We have visiting SLT and dieticians. The service is expanding, and we anticipate opportunities to gain broader experience in outpatient and liaison neuropsychiatric work.

Solent is one of the largest community providers in the NHS with annual revenue of around 181 million and with over 3800 staff. We provide community and specialist mental health services to over a million people in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire. Southern Health provide the liaison and adult mental health services for Southampton, and we work closely with them to ensure smooth transitions of care. We have an ambitious vision to make a difference by keeping more people healthy, safe and independent in, or close to their own homes.

Main duties of the job

There are around 1-2 referrals a week. Approximately 30 patients are admitted each year, with an average length of stay of 4 months (range 4 weeks to 11 months). Many of the long stays are due to problems finding suitable onwards placements, although some people have a long therapeutic admission.

Applicants must have:
  • Full registration with the GMC with 4 years post graduate experience.
  • At least two years' experience in psychiatry
  • Previous experience of working in the UK is desirable.
  • Section 12 approval is desirable
  • We can sponsor a Visa for this post, we can support candidates with CESR application if eligible.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities


You will provide a clinical service in conjunction with your colleagues and under the direction of the Consultant which will include the responsibility for inpatient care Kite Unit at the Western Community Hospital

You will be required to adhere to the principles of good medical practice laid down in the guidance of 'Good Medical Practice' issued by the General Medical Council.

You will be expected to be an integral member of the Team. The essential clinical work will include providing day to day clinical service on the unit undertaking assessment, care planning and providing psychiatric and physical health care.

The successful person will be responsible for all aspects of patient care including ward tasks. They will admit patients, prescribe their medications, carry out psychiatric and physical health examinations, take part in MDT meetings and patient planning meetings, organise physical tests such as blood tests and ECGs (there are staff who are competent in both these skills) and admin such as discharge summaries.

The post holder will be part of the team carrying out assessments for people referred to the service and contribute to the report writing that follows. The work involves contact with individuals whose behaviour can be challenging and may on occasion require physical intervention (within the context of a broader positive behaviour support approach). All staff are suitably trained in this area. Promoting a neurobehavioral approach to assessment and intervention is a key aspect of the role. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required in addition to being able to maintain a high degree of professionalism under challenging circumstances. The working environment may also include exposure to clinical risks such as contact with saliva, and patients with infectious diseases such as MRSA or hepatitis B.

You will work within the principles of the Care Program Approach (CPA), providing medical advice to the members of MDT and working collaboratively with the MDT to develop suitable care plans for patients' needs. You will be expected to be closely involved in discharge planning and liaising with other parts of the service as required. The work may change in line with service demands.

A certain number of patients are under the Mental Health Act. Thus you will be required to assist the consultant in producing drafts of tribunal and managers' hearing reports.

This is an actively developing service and we would anticipate that the job plan will evolve to include some outpatient clinic work, following the appointment of a substantive consultant ( currently out to advert). The job plan will be reviewed after 3 months and annually thereafter.


The post holder is expected to participate in the management of the department in the absence of the Consultant and in the smooth running of the care of the patients. The consultant at times is off site and you will be expected to provide telephone update to the consultant if and when needed.

The postholder will be expected to represent the medical team at the ward governance and clinical management meetings and participate in other departmental management activities as needed.

Education and Training

The trust supports the requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) as laid down by the Royal Colleges and is committed to providing time and financial support for these activities. There is a dedicated study leave budget per financial year for medical staff. This budget is ring fenced and meets all national guidelines. Study leave is available for mandatory, special interest and conference fees. The post holder will be expected to use study leave to fulfil CPD requirements

The trust has the required arrangements in place, as laid down by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, to ensure that all doctors have an annual appraisal with a trained appraiser and supports doctors going through the revalidation process.

You will be expected to contribute to the educational programme for the postgraduate trainees and medical student teaching. The post holder will be expected to meet with other Specialty Doctors within the trust in a peer group to further personal development plans and continue professional development. The Trust has 2 SAS Tutors- Dr Rebecca McInnes and Dr Zoe Saunders.

There can be opportunities to work with psychiatric colleagues in other services within the Trust to support a CESR application.

Person Specification



  • Full registration with the GMC with 4 years post graduate experience.
  • At least two years' experience in psychiatry


  • At least one years' experience in the UK
  • Approved under section 12(2) of the MHA 1983



  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working.
  • Wide clinical experience in General Psychiatry with exposure to specialities in training


  • Experience of community orientated services for people with neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral issues.

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