Consultant Psychiatrist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry (Psychological Medicine) in the Psychological Medicine Service of Oxford University Hospitals, a large acute Foundation Trust.

The Psychological Medicine Service is part of the Oxford Psychological Medicine Centre, an internationally recognised centre for service, teaching and research in the integration of psychiatry and psychology into medical care.

Main duties of the job

The appointee will work alongside a large number of psychiatrists and psychologists, who are integrated into medical teams across the Trust. The specialty area for this post will be predominantly in maternity services, but there is scope to work in other areas the our service covers in parallel to maternity, and in due course other specialties too.

This is a Trust appointment with a base at the John Radcliffe Hospital site.

The appointment is on a whole-time basis. However applications are welcome from those who wish to job share. Any person who is unable for personal reasons to work full-time will also be considered eligible to apply for the post. If such a person is appointed, modification of the job content will be discussed on a personal basis in consultation with consultant colleagues.

This post would suit a psychiatrist with a CCT in adult psychiatry or a dual CCT in adult and old age psychiatry and experience of working in an acute hospital setting. An endorsement in liaison psychiatry is not essential.

Senior trainees in the final months of their training are eligible to apply.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustis one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country and a leading international Academic Health Science Centre . It provides an extensive range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

There are plentiful opportunities for professional and academic education and training. There are many relevant academic and educational meetings in the general hospitals and university which the post-holder will be welcome to attend.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to collaborate with academic colleagues on relevant clinical research projects.

The post-holder's contribution to and time allocation for teaching, training and research will be included in regular job plan reviews. The teaching and support of medical and nursing staff in the provision of psychiatric assessment and care is a major part of the role.

The Trust is committed to be an active partner in healthcare innovation, research and workforce education, with the aim of forming an effective bridge between research in basic science and in healthcare service provision, and the delivery of evidence-based, best practice care, turning today's discoveries into tomorrow's care.

This vision is underpinned by the Trust's founding partnership with the University of Oxford.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The John Radcliffe Hospital is Oxfordshire's main Accident and Emergency site and provides acute medical and surgical services including trauma, intensive care, cardiothoracic and clinical neurosciences services.

The post-holder will also be expected to work on any of the Trusts other locations: the Churchill Hospital which houses various specialties including renal and transplant, intensive care, haematology, oncology and palliative care services; the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, a specialist orthopaedic hospital, which also houses rheumatology and rehabilitation; and the Horton General Hospital (HGH) in Banbury, a smaller associated District General Hospital.

The post-holder will be a consultant of the Acute Trust. The post will involve working as a member of one or more of the Trusts medical teams.

The specific medical team (s) the appointee works in, will be negotiated according to availability and the applicants preference.

The time spent seeing patients as part of the integrated team working and other activities will be agreed with the post-holder in their collaboratively produced job plan, which will in turn reflect the agreement with the relevant medical service. As an indicator of the direct patient care activity a consultant working in the medical team might expect to see on average 10 new and 20 follow patients each week.

Person Specification



  • CCT in general adult psychiatry/ old age psychiatry or shortly to achieve CCT at time of interview (within 6 months) or CESR
  • GMC registration with full licence to practice
  • Successfully completed training in general psychiatry/old age psychiatry including some recent experience in a medical setting


  • CCST sub-specialty accreditation in liaison psychiatry or CCT in general adult psychiatry with equivalent to one year's supervised training in liaison psychiatry. Section 12 and Approved Clinician (or eligibility for Section 12 and Approved Clinician)
  • Training in other relevant specialties



  • Significant recent experience in adult and/or old age psychiatry
  • Evidence of ability to make decisions at consultant level and to manage complex clinical problems


  • Experience working in medical settings
  • Previous experience of working at consultant level

Skills and Knowledge


  • Evidence of ability to make decisions at consultant level and to manage complex clinical problems
  • Effective administrative and time management skills
  • Evidence of significant contribution to successful teamwork
  • Able to work flexibly in response to the changing needs of services
  • Ability to work effectively with physicians, surgeons, nurses and other staff who have not had specific mental health training.
  • Evidence of formal and informal contributions to teaching and training including medical students. Ability to provide training and education to staff who have not had mental health training


  • Previous experience of working at consultant level
  • Experience working in medical settings
  • Evidence of reflection on own practice
  • Training or experience in clinical management
  • Evidence of ability to effectively explain psychiatric illness and treatments to other professionals and patients

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