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Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry - Thames ward

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,113 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
The post offered is that of Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry (10PA), to join the excellent MDT on Thames Ward. This is one three mixed gender adult psychiatric wards located within the Dennis Scott Unit, Edgware Community Hospital. Thames ward is embedded within the Hospital Services division. The ward is a 20-bed mixed gender acute adult psychiatric ward at the Dennis Scott Unit, Edgware Community Hospital. The ward has 20 beds, however there are internal arrangements to cover the two outstanding beds thus the post holder will be responsible for 18 beds.

Admissions are mainly from the Place of Safety, Accident and Emergency Departments, medical wards within General Hospitals, police custody and the community. Patients admitted to the ward informally are subject to a gate-keeping assessment by the Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team. In addition, the ward accepts stepdown patients from the PICU located at Chase Farm Hospital.

The main purpose of the ward is to ensure the comprehensive, timely and efficient assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of all patients with a clear focus on achieving a safe return to treatment in the least-restrictive setting back in the community as quickly as possible.

This is an exciting time to join the Trust as there are many opportunities to contribute to the organisations' development and contribute to service redesign.

Main duties of the job

A more detailed job description is attached. There is support for newly appointed consultants in the StartWell group. As part of this the post holder will have the opportunity of having a more senior consultant as a mentor.

The role of the Consultant is to be the clinical lead of the team and to ensure high quality, patient-centred, effective, safe and efficient care is delivered by the team.

About us

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust is responsible for providing mental health services for people of all ages across the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, as well as providing some specialist services across the whole of North London and beyond. Since January 2011, the Trust also provides adult and children's community health services in Enfield, following the transfer of Enfield Community Services from NHS Enfield.Formed in 2001 through the merger of its predecessor organizations, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH-MHT) continues to innovate and develop at a fast pace. We are a large mental health trust in London with an annual budget of �337 million and employing more than 3,300 staff. In 2020-21 the trust cared for more than 126,176 people approximately 2,800 patients on our wards and over 128,388 service users in the community.

We provide a wide range of local and more specialist mental health services, including helping people with serious mental illness (SMI), personality disorders, drug and alcohol recovery, children's mental health issues, dementia, eating disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD and suicide prevention. The Trust has an overall Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating as 'Good' from 2019 and retained the 'good' rating in 2022. It also runs the North London Forensic Service (NLFS), which the CQC has rated as Outstanding.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To lead the morning ward meeting (Flow meeting) with the ward manager.

To ensure the timely assessment and treatment of patients admitted to the ward.

To hold responsible clinician responsibilities with attendance at and report writing for Mental Health Tribunals and Manager Hearings.

To facilitate access to a range of community orientated services through liaison with community consultants and teams.

To liaise closely with the relevant Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams and crisis houses to facilitate early discharge of patients back into the community.

To liaise effectively with other Trust services and external partner agencies in the best interests of patients.

To promote mental health and independence for all.

To provide clinical and professional leadership in the service.

To support Quality Improvement Projects/Audits on annual basis

To provide a service of the highest quality, within the limits of our resources.

To provide clinical supervision of core psychiatric and higher psychiatric trainees once appropriate training is completed i.e. approved as a clinical supervisor.

To promote high quality management of psychiatric patients by non-medical staff.

To support non-medical colleagues in working independently.

To take part in management activities related to the post, or the wider service within which it is embedded.

To provide annual and study leave cover for colleagues.

To comply with all legal obligations covering clinical practice e.g. MHA (1983) and MCA (2005).

To commit to ensuring fair access to services for all.

To comply with procedures on reporting concerns about professional conduct or competence of medical or other colleagues.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience


  • oFull registration with GMC and a license to practice.
  • oWithin six months of obtaining a CCT in general adult psychiatry (or dual trained) or on the GMC Specialist Register
  • oSection 12 (2) and Approved Clinician status (or eligibility) - qualifies to act as Responsible Clinician
  • oRegistered for the Continuing Professional Development Programme in the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • oMembership of a Medical Defence Union


  • oMembership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • oExcellent clinical skills with experience of inpatient psychiatric care
  • oAdditional degree or equivalent
  • oClinical supervision skills training
  • oPostgraduate teaching qualification
  • oResearch experience

Management & Audit


  • oExperience of medical audit / Quality Improvement projects
  • oManagement skills


  • oPostgraduate management qualification
  • oUnderstanding of contracting, finance and activity monitoring

Service Development


  • oDemonstrable record of clinical leadership
  • oNegotiation skills
  • oUnderstanding of equal opportunities and appropriate training


  • oExperience in developing a service component

IT Experience & Skills


  • oExperience in data gathering and management
  • oBasic computer skills, including ability to use e-mail and internet


  • oFamiliarity with RiO electronic notes

Personal Skills


  • oExcellent communication skills
  • oExcellent spoken and written English
  • oAbility to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • oEnthusiasm and commitment to the NHS
  • oHighest level of integrity
  • oCapacity to respond positively to the constantly changing NHS environment

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Thames ward, Edgware Hospital

Burnt Oak Broadway



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