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Consultant Psychiatrist in Liaison Psychiatry

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

This is a fixed term maternity cover for a substantive consultant working 0.8 WTE in the Acute Hospital Liaison Service (AHLS). The post is available until 30 April 2024. Part time and full time applicants will be welcomed.

The Trust provides a range of mental health and learning disability services to the 2 million people living in County Durham, Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York & Selby.

The Trust has strong academic links, particulary with the University of York.

New consultants are supported via a new consultant development programme. Opportunities exist for those consultants wishing to undertake medical management roles or medical education roles supporting postdraduate doctors and medical students.

Main duties of the job

Offer senior advice and support in the assessment and diagnosis of presenting conditions.

Support the team and nurse prescribers to make safe and effective prescribing decisions on the cases presenting.

Take part in and provide insight and direction into complex case work; contributing to the overarching formulation of patient care and planning within the scope of Multi-Disciplinary Team approach.

About us

The Acute Hospital Liaison Service currently provides a Core-24 Liaison Psychiatry service to Harrogate District Hospital. This services sits within the whole systems model in the Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire area. This includes 2 multi-disciplinary community teams, and early intervention in psychosis service, a 24 hour crisis assessment service and a community perinatal service.

We aim to provide compassionate care to patients; carers and families that takes account of the patients needs and aspirations beyond their mental health problems. Our aim is to work collaboratively with patients, sharing responsibility for their care and providing informed choice about treatment options.

Doctors are supported in their development via annual appraisals, job planning and revalidation. The Trust provides a range of health and wellbeing services for staff including an Employee Support Service, counselling service, mindfullness sessions, staff retreats and guidance on health and fitness. A car lease scheme is available to staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more detailed information on this post and also the Trust's website for information on our services -

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


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



  • 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
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation.
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change.

Professional and Personal Qualities


  • Shows empathy and sensitivity.
  • Manages own time, workload and prioritises work.
  • Able to use electronic records and use IT for email, internet and office software
  • Copes under pressure.
  • Works co-operatively in a multi-disciplinary team and able to delegate appropriately.
  • Evidence of annual appraisal and commitment to appraisal and revalidation.


  • Highly skilled in use of electronic records and IT at work



  • Reflects on own performance and behaviour, seeking and acting on feedback.
  • Able to influence and persuade to improve services
  • Able to take on leadership role in multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of structure and management of the NHS and the Trust.
  • Shows commitment to quality through knowledge of quality improvement and lean thinking methodology OR able to achieve within one year of appointment
  • Able to adapt to and lead service change.


  • Able to take on a leadership role outside the multidisciplinary team.
  • Understanding of NHS & wider health economy and its implications for the work of the Trust.
  • Trained to standard equivalent to level 2 in TEWV Trust Quality improvement system



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12(2) MHA OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment


  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register in the relevant specialty.
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice.

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