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Specialist Grade in Adult Psychiatry

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne
£83,945 to £95,275 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
4 Oct 2023
At CNTW we strive to provide the BEST CARE, delivered by the BEST PEOPLE, to achieve the BEST OUTCOME.

Working 10PAs a week over 4 or 5 days alongside the multidisciplinary team, including SAS doctors, junior doctors, and the wider clinical team

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as an inpatient Specialist Grade psychiatrist in the central inpatients CBU. We are looking for enthusiastic psychiatrists to join a newly developed model of working across inpatient services. Each ward will have two consultants working into each ward to provide a well-balanced job, allowing protected time for supporting professional activities and overall better job satisfaction and patient satisfaction.

The Specialist Grade Post will work alongside the Consultants to support assessment and management of patients given the increasing demand for the service and to ensure flow through the ward is maintained.

Each post will involve working into an acute inpatient ward providing medical leadership alongside a full time consultant psychiatrist to lead the care and treatment of patients admitted to the inpatient unit. The post holder will work with another fulltime consultant psychiatrist and MDT including a medical assistant, clinical nurse specialist, psychologist, OT, a middle grade doctor and junior medical staff.The post holder will be one of the senior clinical experts from a medical perspective to ensure best practice care is delivered and support the team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work with the Consultant Psychiatrist to provide care and treatment for a caseload of inpatients The candidate must be Section 12 approved and be working towards Approved Clinician Status.

The role involves being a clinical supervisor for a full time specialty doctor and junior doctors on the ward including a core trainee and foundation doctor.

The post holder will be responsible for providing mental health tribunal reports and attendance at MHATribunal hearings to give evidence as required.

You will be an essential member of the ward leadership team, leading on clinical governance and ongoing service development work.

The post holder will work closely with other consultants in the service and provide cross cover for annual and study leave. You will be required to attend consultant meetings fortnightly with the associate medical director for the service to keep up to date with trust developments

About us

  • Up to �8k relocation package
  • 30 days study leave (every 3 years) with a generous study leave allowance
  • Flexible working opportunities created with you involved in your job plan
  • Remote working available as suits service needs
  • Dedicated and protected SPA time
  • Focus on creating a healthy workforce by investing heavily in health and wellbeing accessible support including emotional, physical, social, psychological financial and career well being
  • Teaching and research opportunities available
  • Stimulating CPD sessions and programs including mentoring, medical leadership, and coaching
  • Teaching opportunities in our brand-new state of the art Medical Education Centre
  • Employee Excellence awards
  • Plus, lots more employee benefits including discounts. Find out more at

You will have your own office space and will be supported by a medical assistant and/or medical secretary. We are looking for applicants based anywhere in the UK to explore exciting new opportunities in remote and digital working.

As an added bonus, the Trust is located in the Northeast of England and Cumbria which is an area of outstanding natural beauty, containing national parks, ancient heritage sites and major cities supported by excellent national and international transport links. The area is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District National Park which is considered one of England's finest areas of natural beauty.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details.

This is a substantive and full-time post however we would be happy to consider applicants available on a part time or fixed term basis.

Please do not hesitate to contact for further information.

Person Specification



  • MBBS (or equivalent)
  • Completed a minimum of 12 years' medical work (either continuous period or in aggregate) since obtaining a primary medical qualification of which a minimum of six years should have been in a relevant specialty in the Specialty Doctor and/or closed SAS grades
  • Shall meet the criteria set out in the Specialist grade generic capabilities framework found at the following link:
  • Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Approved Clinician Status or working towards attaining AC Status within six months.


  • MRCPsych or equivalent qualification
  • Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant field
  • Has undergone training in educational supervision
  • Has undergone training in appraisal
  • Included on GMC Specialist Register (General Psychiatry) or eligible for inclusion



  • Develop effective relationships across teams and contribute to work and success of these teams - promote and participate in both multidisciplinary and inter-professional team working
  • Wide clinical experience in psychiatry in different clinical settings
  • Experience of working autonomously
  • Awareness of leadership responsibilities as a clinician and demonstrates appropriate leadership behaviour
  • Able to manage situations that are unfamiliar, complex or unpredictable, adapting leadership behaviours to improve engagement outcomes and seeking to build collaboration with, and confidence in, others


  • Experience in multi agency work especially with service user, carer and voluntary agencies
  • Experience in service management or development
  • Experience of Clinical Audit



  • High level of clinical skills including Proven competence in diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders
  • Act as a role model, educator, supervisor, coach or mentor for medical and non-medical practitioners
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good teaching skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a time efficient manner
  • Established record of clinical leadership


  • Established ability as a clinical teacher
  • Training in specific and relevant treatment skills eg a brief form of psychological therapy
  • Up to date CPR training
  • Ability to apply psychological models to practical situations

Personal Chracteristics


  • Able to sustain self and support others
  • Trustworthiness
  • Maturity, openness and flexibility
  • Ability to communicate with clarity in spoken and written form
  • Flexible approach, keen to accept new challenges
  • Punctuality/good time management
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Well organised
  • Willingness and ability to support other professions in achieving their educational aims
  • Ability to organise own learning/CPD


  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Hadrian Clinic

Newcastle upon Tyne


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