Specialty Doctor in Forensic Psychiatry - Holcombe Ward

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£51,000 to £80,000 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
Job summary

We are looking for a middle grade doctor with excellent personal values and commitment to patient care. You will be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team at Holcombe ward, helping patients progress in their care pathway towards low secure wards or directly to the community. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to join a friendly, supportive and experienced team.The post holder will work directly with experienced Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists.

The role will appeal to individuals who wish to have a challenging but satisfying workload and to be part of an established, highly regarded service.

You will be supported in developing excellent relational security skills and risk assessment and management of patients, majority of whom have come in contact with the criminal justice system due to their mental health difficulties. Opportunities will be there to get trained in structured professional judgement tools like HCR-20 and DUNDRUM. You will be part of an excellent medical peer group who are very supportive. Close supervision and help will be available at all times. You will be supported to engage in CPD, audit and QI projects. You will also be supported to engage in projects that are in alignment with the directorates vision and needs.

Main duties of the job

Your primary duties will include responding to mental and physical health needs of 15 inpatients in a medium secure ward. You will have very close supervision available from a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and will also be supported by the site GP for management of more complex physical health conditions. You will be expected to do regular mental state examinations of patients under your care and provide reports and feedback for 4 weekly care review meetings for each patient and also their 6 monthly CPA meetings. You will be expected to take part in daytime frontline rota to cover emergency physical and mental health situations on wards where the middle grade clinician is on leave. You will be expected to take part in weekly doctors meeting and academic meetings. You will have opportunity to take part in teaching undergraduate students on placement at Langdon Hospital.

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.

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



  • 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.



  • Has completed at least four years full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis)
  • at least two of these years need to be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty; or
  • the doctor has equivalent experience and competencies.


  • Experience at SHO level or above of working in the field of Forensic Psychiatry.

Clinical Knowledge and skills


  • 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.
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983.


  • Up to date CPR training.
  • Ability to apply psychological.
  • models to practical situations.
  • Evidence based knowledge of forensic psychiatry.
  • Knowledge of clinical risk management.
  • Knowledge of relevant Mental Health legislation.



  • Interest in maintaining up to date clinical knowledge base.


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

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.
  • Commitment to process of CPD
  • Ability to organise own learning/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 mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner and in accordance too service need.


  • Access to appropriate transport to fulfil the post.

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


Exeter Road




Employer's website

https://www.dpt.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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