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Consultant Psychiatrist, Older Adult Liaison, East Surrey, RH1 5RH

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Plus £149 Fringe Allowance
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a General Medical Council (GMC) Sponsor employer.

This opportunity is open to UK based and International Consultants.

This is a post for an Old Age psychiatrist within the liaison psychiatry team at East Surrey Hospital. The service is accredited under PLAN (Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network) and meets the Core24 standard.The post-holder will have clinical responsibility for adults aged 65 and over referred to the service and for clinical leadership within the older adult side of the liaison service.

Main duties of the job

The liaison team receives referrals from all departments in the hospital and the older adult caseload typically includes patients admitted to the medical wards as well as the clinical decision unit and the emergency department. A wide range of psychiatric presentations are seen. The role will include assessment and management of older adult patients, supporting the work of colleagues including nursing colleagues and junior medical staff, close working relationships with medical colleagues and other departments in the hospital such as social services, good communication with neighbouring services and safe discharge planning, Responsible Clinician responsibilities for patients detained under the mental health act, advocating for parity of esteem. There will also be opportunities for teaching.

Our offer:
  • Salary: NHS Consultant Grade �88,364 - �119,133 + �149 fringe, + on-call payments
  • GMC Sponsorship
  • Relocation allowance: up to �8000 *subject to policy requirements
  • Sponsorship for international candidates: up to �3199
  • Recruitment premia �15,000 over 3 years *subject to policy requirements
  • NHS Pension: employers contribution 20.68% from day one
  • Subsidised nursery places
  • Car Scheme: tax saving up to �6,000
  • Discounted Nuffield Gym Membership
  • Generous annual leave

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Closing Date: 3 weeks from advert

Shortlisting Date:after closing date within a week

Assessment Centre: tbc

Interview Date:within 2 weeks of advert closure

For further information and / or to arrange an informal visit please contact:

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The new Consultant will be employed by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and will work with the East Surrey Hospital Liaison Psychiatry Service for Older Adults
  • The post holder will be expected to support the existing staff in the assessment, diagnosis and management of Older Adults presenting with mental health problems in the acute hospital inpatient and A& E setting.
  • The post holder will be expected to provide psychiatric expertise and support to East Surrey Hospital staff involved in looking after Older Adults with functional and organic mental health problems presenting in the acute hospital. The Consultant will supervise the clinical caseload of the other team members in the liaison team, and the work of any trainee doctors who may be attached to the service in the future.
  • The post holder will be expected to facilitate the accurate and timely communication of relevant clinical information to Primary Care, Community Mental Health Teams for Older Adults, or Older Adult Acute Inpatient Services, as appropriate. The clinical work will involve the assessment and psychiatric treatment of patients either directly, or through the supervision of other team members as outlined above. The post holder will also be expected to offer clinical leadership to the Liaison Psychiatry team and to act as a Consultant / advisor to the team in line with models of practice recognised under New Ways of Working, particularly with respect to patients whose mental health needs are complex and / or carry high risk.
  • The post holder is also expected to develop, alongside other colleagues in the team, effective liaison with the medical, surgical, nursing and allied health professionals within the acute hospital setting of East Surrey Hospital. A collaborative approach in terms of how this team operates and relates to the Old Age Psychiatry inpatient units, CMHT-OPs and Working Age Liaison Psychiatry Services, is essential.
  • The post holder will be expected to work effectively with colleagues from other professional disciplines in the team and within the general hospital setting, to deliver services in a way that is consistent with the Trusts policy for the Care Programme Approach.
  • The post holder is expected to liaise effectively with other teams operating in East Surrey Hospital to ensure effective hand over of care when patients transfer between teams as part of the patient pathway.
  • The post holder will be expected to act as the Responsible Clinician for patients detained under the Mental Health Act within the Acute Hospital, who are over the age of 65 and under the caseload of the Older Adult Liaison team. They will not assume this responsibility for patients over 65 years of age open to the Working Age Adult Services.

Person Specification



  • Full Medical Registration (GMC) with a Licence to Practice
  • A recognised basic Medical Degree and MRCPsych or equivalent, Section 12 Approval and AC status.
  • Approved Clinician Status and approval under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act
  • CCT in Old Age Psychiatry
  • Management qualification or evidence of an interest in developing leadership skills



  • Experience working in Older Adult psychiatry


  • Experience working in Older Adult psychiatry in a liaison setting

Additional Criteria


  • Excellent team-working skills and communication skills


  • Leadership skills and teaching 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

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Liaison Psychiatry Service, Redhill Annex, Canada Avenue




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