Consultant Psychiatrist-Islington Memory Service

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Pro rata per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023
Job summary

This is a 6PA Consultant Psychiatrist post working in the Islington Memory Service. The post holder will share consultant lead responsibilities with two part-time academic consultants in the service, ensuring high quality, patient-centered, effective and safe care is delivered by the team. There is oversight from the SAMH Consultant Clinical Lead.

The post is based at Brewery Road, Islington (Units 8-10 Blenheim Court, 62 Brewery Road, London N7 9NY).

This is a replacement post due to previous post-holder moving jobs. The post is available from 2 November 2023

Main duties of the job

It is expected that the medical team members will take a lead role in assessing new patients, requesting and interpreting investigations, diagnosis and discussion with patients and their carers. The post holder will take a leading role in developing the service, supervising junior colleagues and providing lead medical input to a multi-disciplinary team and be required to enter information on the Trust's electronic patient record system according to Trust policies. Specific duties are listed below:
  • To provide clinical and professional leadership within the post and to take part in management activities and governance processes related to the post or the wider service within which it is embedded.
  • As a senior clinician, to have an integral role in the performance of the team, further development of the service, and the development of the clinical pathways and priorities of the service line
  • To work within the multidisciplinary team promoting respect for all professional groups and focusing on coherent and integrated teamwork.
  • To teach and contribute to the supervision of medical staff and other professionals in the Memory service teams
  • Compliance with all legal obligations covering clinical practice (e.g. Mental Health Act and Code of Practice)
  • A commitment to ensuring fair access to services for all.
  • Compliance with procedures whereby doctors report concerns about professional conduct or competence of medical or other colleagues

About us

C&I has worked closely with current service users and Trust staff to create a set of shared values that make sure people who use the Trust's services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery. These values are embedded in the campaign: Changing Lives - will help drive up the standards of care across the Trust. For people who use the C&I's services, these values meant that they can be assured that through their journey to recovery they will be guaranteed:o To receive a warm welcome through their journey to recoveryo That their dignity will always be respectedo That their care will be founded on compassion and kindnesso To receive a positive approach to care as they journey towards recoveryo High Quality Care from a highly trained team of professionalso That each individual will be part of the wider team in the journey to recovery -i.e. 'no decision about you, without you'.C&I staff are required to reflect these values throughout their service at the Trust both:o for people who use the services of the Trust, ANDo within their immediate teams and across the wider business of C&I.As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C&I values are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The multi-disciplinary teams are integrated and work in line with principles of New Ways of Working providing a specialist service for the assessment and management of mental health needs to patients who require older people's services as outlined in the Royal college of Psychiatrists document, \Age discrimination in mental health services: making equality a reality .

Referrals are received directly to a central point and are discussed at the weekly multidisciplinary team meeting. Initial assessments are carried out by the medical staff in the team. Patients in the community are assessed normally within clinic setting unless a home visit is indicated due to risk or suitability.

The team is staffed as follows:
  • 5 WTE Consultant psychiatrist
  • 5 WTE higher psychiatric trainee
  • 1 WTE GP vocational core trainee
  • 1 Band 7 Team manager
  • 1x Senior Nurse
  • 3 X Band 6 nurses
  • 6 x Clinical psychologist
  • 4 x band 4 Psychology Assistant
  • 5 x Dementia Navigator
  • 2 x Occupational Therapist
  • Administrators x2

The post-holder will be required to have Section 12/AC approval and for this to be kept up to date. They will participate in the Trust daytime section 12 duty rota. This involves setting 4-5 days a year aside to do Mental Health Act assessments.

There is a division wide in-house training programme to support staff in developing their clinical skills which we would expect the new post holder to contribute to.

There is a two-monthly divisional management meeting for senior divisional leads which the post-holder will be expected to attend and a quarterly divisional SAMH consultant meeting

Person Specification



  • Full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and a license to practice. Must be on the specialist register or within 6 months of gaining a Certificate of Completion of Training Psychiatry
  • Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent higher qualification in psychiatry
  • Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician status (or eligibility) - qualifies to act as a Responsible Clinician
  • Registered with Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD programme and in good standing


  • Other relevant post-graduate qualification
  • Training up to date to be an approved trainer/clinical supervisor in line with GMC recognition and approval of trainers which is overseen by the LETB
  • Trained as an Educational Supervisor for doctors in training & Consultant mentor

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to change.
  • Good knowledge of and ability to use both spoken and written English
  • Ability to practise as an independent Consultant Psychiatrist.
  • Teaching and supervision skills for undergraduate medical students, doctors in training and multi-professional staff
  • Experience in undertaking clinical audit, investigating serious incidents and handling complaints
  • Ability to organise workload and manage time and delegate responsibility where appropriate
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail in clinical matters
  • Sensitivity to needs of all patients and carers


  • Experience in successfully delivering research projects
  • A special interest or willingness to develop one in an area which helps to meet the needs of the Trust

Knowledge & Experience


  • Knowledge and observance of the requirements and duties of a doctor laid down by the GMC in Good Medical Practice.
  • Clinical knowledge of the full range mental disorders presenting in the later life period.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding practices
  • Experience in work place based assessments of doctors in training
  • Experience in the assessment of complex clinical cases involving severe and enduring mental illness and significant risk histories and the ability to assertively engage and manage such cases.
  • Expertise in a comprehensive range of evidence based treatment and case management options including pharmacotherapy.
  • Knowledge of clinical commissioning and external organisations that interface with an NHS Trust.


  • Experience of community psychiatry and interest /experience of working in primary care setting
  • Experience in teaching small and large groups
  • Experience in developing policies and protocols

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