Consultant Psychiatrist in Older People, Beech Ward

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
Welcome to Devon Partnership Trust! We would like to invite you to apply for the Consultant Psychiatrist post in Older People at our award winning Inpatient Unit. Beech ward is a 16 bedded inpatient ward for functionally ill older people. Beech ward is located at Torbay Hospital, Torquay. The expansive rural nature of Devon means that inpatient resources are often some distance from patients' homes. There are units for functionally ill older people in all three main population centres Torbay (Beech Unit), Exeter (Rougemont) & Barnstaple (Meadow View). Older people who need admission for organic problems are admitted to Belvedere Unit in Exeter.

The Beech Unit team has always sought ways of delivering more person centred care and in 2011 we abolished conventional ward rounds and piloted, then adopted Planning My Recovery Meetings (PMR meeting). Each patient on the ward has their own PMR meeting weekly with the consultant and key members of the Unit team.

This post is suitable as a first NHS consultant, an existing or post-retirement consultant with a broad level of general adult psychiatric expertise. International candidates are welcome to apply. Experience of working in adult community mental health services is preferable but support will be given to doctors wishing to move from other psychiatric specialties or roles.

Approved Clinician status at appointment is preferable but those who would be eligible eg doctors applying from abroad, will be supported to obtain this authority

Main duties of the job

The Beech Team have a supportive ethos and are keen to hear from patients who use the service how we can improve our service. As a team we have developed our own team Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) which is on display for all patients and visitors to see.

You will chair the PMR meetings on Beech Unit and see new patients soon after they are admitted. Your trainee will do the day to day ward work including the diagnosis and treatment for physical illness, referring to Torbay hospital medical staff as needed, admissions and mental state reviews.

Many of the patients admitted to the ward will be under provisions of the Mental Health Act. The post holder will be Responsible Clinician for those patients. The post holder is expected to use the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act and Mental health Act whilst managing patients on the ward. The post holder is also expected to work closely with the community teams to enable smoot transition of care from inpatient care to community care and vice versa. The post holder is expected to lead the professional meetings, risk management meetings, as appropriate for patients with complex multi-agency needs to facilitate holistic care for them.

You will take part in on-call rota and other consultants from the area will be expected to provide cross-cover for leave.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability 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



  • Prior experience working in an Inpatient Mental Health Team.
  • Experience of psychiatric practice in a range of settings, especially in inpatient and/or community setting
  • Experience of audit and an understanding of the principles of clinical governance.


  • Evidence of development of special interest in Inpatient based Psychiatry.
  • Proven commitment to improving the quality of clinical care.



  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Evidence of ability to exercise leadership in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other clinical teams.


  • Evidence of new ideas in service delivery.
  • A track record of implementing service initiatives.



  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council.
  • To hold Approved Clinician status at the point of taking up post.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCT at time of interview.
  • Approved under section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983.


  • MRC Psych
  • Other professional qualification
  • (eg CBT, PSI, CAT ).
  • CCT in Old Age Psychiatry

Teaching and Supervision


  • Experience of teaching undergraduates and postgraduates.


  • Evidence of additional teaching skills.
  • Experience as a lecturer or supervisor.
  • Experience in Clinical Supervision.



  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and managers.
  • Awareness of NHS management and funding arrangements.


  • Management training / experience.
  • Experience of involvement in service development.



  • Ability to interpret published research and to apply research findings to clinical practice.


  • Aptitude for and practical experience of research.



  • A team player able to inspire and support staff at all levels of training and across professional disciplines.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development.
  • A commitment to multidisciplinary and multi-agency working.
  • A commitment to respect, inclusiveness and diversity


  • A track record of team leadership or collaboration with other agencies.

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

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Torbay Hospital

Lowes Bridge



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