Consultant Psychiatrist - Dementia Ward - East Sussex (attracts RRP)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum
Closing date
19 Jun 2023
We have an exciting opportunity for an Older Adult Consultant Psychiatrist to join our East Sussex Care Delivery Service at our specialist Dementia Unit, Beechwood which is located in Uckfield.

This job attracts aRecruitment and Retention payment of �25,000,in addition to(up to) �8000 relocation allowance.The RRP payment is paid in the following instalments:
  • �5000 payment paid on appointment
  • �5000 retention payment paid at 12 month anniversary of employment
  • �6500 retention payment paid at 30 month anniversary of employment
  • �8500 retention payment paid at 48 month anniversary of employment

The Recruitment and Retention payment is pro rata for part time employees. If you would like further information, or to know the full terms of the Recruitment and Retention Payment and/or the Relocation Allowance, then please do not hesitate to contact our Medical Staffing Team -

To find out more about what we offer please take a look at our careers portal:

Main duties of the job

The Beechwood Unit is a specialist 15 bed acute dementia ward, nestled within the fantastic facilities at the Uckfield Community Hospital. We care for individuals with a diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis of dementia who are deemed mentally unwell and need immediate treatment and support. The team working on the ward includes nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, drama therapists and a psychologist.

Your role will be to provide detailed assessments, formulation and risk assessments, to develop management plans and review these in preparation to transition to a community setting or residential placement. You will direct these patient's treatment.

You will liaise with local primary/ ATS care services and provide up to date clinical information on the patient you have treated in your inpatient care.

In addition, you will provide senior clinical leadership to the service, including supervision of junior medical staff, and provide advice to other members of the team including the duty worker.

About us

At Sussex Partnership we are committed to providing opportunities for flexible working. If you would like to work differently or different hours to as advertised, please get in touch to discuss in more detail.

On appointment, the support and facilities you will have access to include the following:
  • Good access to on-site parking.
  • SAS grade doctor support for the ward
  • Dedicated office space (shared with the ward SAS doctor)
  • Administrative support allocated to the post-holder and ward SAS doctor
  • Support from the service to take on special interest sessions (e.g. clinical interests, medical education, medical management - e.g. Clinical Director role).
  • You will have the opportunity to join the Trust wide consultant network as well as access to peer support from colleagues in East Sussex.

If you have neither lived or worked in Sussex before then please consider the following:
  • Journey from the coast to the countryside in minutes
  • A lifestyle including renowned cycle routes and picturesque walks, including the famous South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park
  • Discovering the 140+ miles of scenic and historic Sussex coastline
  • Easy access to airports - Gatwick and Heathrow are both close to the county, providing worldwide transport link

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Trust aims to realise the potential of everyone who uses its services and to enable staff to do a great job. Sussex Partnership has teaching status with close links to Brighton & Sussex Medical School and is developing into one of the countrys leading Mental Health Trusts. Working with us offers continued professional development, variety and a rewarding challenge.

Please see the Job Description for the full list of duties and responsibilities. Please note this job Description has been approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • s12/AC


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

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

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



Framfield Road



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