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Consultant Psychiatrist - Norbury Ward (Forensic)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Beckenham, Kent
£88,364 to £119,133 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023
The service provides care for male service users who are over 18, with a variety of mental disorders, who pose a risk of violence to others. About three quarters of patients are managed on restriction orders, with regular updates to the MoJ required. A small proportion are under civilian sections of the MHA.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide consultant clinical care for 12 inpatients. The ward admits 1-2 patients per month. The post holder provides gatekeeping assessments for admission along with other senior medical staff, approximately 1-2 per month. We provide services to a diverse community of very marginalized people. The post holder is expected to have good understanding of mental health inequality and be ready to engage in systems to address this.

About us

Norbury Ward Team interfaces with: Secure and private sector NHS wards across the UK, but especially SLAM secure services at the Royal Bethlem Hospital Ward in the Community inpatient general acute services psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) general adult community mental health teams prisons.

The team is staffed by a full multidisciplinary team, including input from a full time CT doctor (1 FTE) and 0.5 specialist registrar, together with the team leader, social worker, nursing team, psychologist, OT and a full time administrator.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The unit provides acute assessment and initial treatment for complex forensic clients who identify as male and who are admitted from prison, high security, the community, or stepped up from other secure or non-secure wards (Clinical Decisions Unit, CDU). It also has a psychiatric intensive care function (3 beds).

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


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



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice



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

Clinical skills, knowledge & experience


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Appreciation and understanding of health inequalities, particularly those relating to people from ethnic minority groups and other minority groups and a commitment to developing culturally sensitive practices
  • 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
  • Excellent communication and liaison skills


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Academic skills and life long learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • Ability to work in and lead team


  • 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 or improved outcomes to patients

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Norbury Ward, River House, Bethlem Royal Hospital

Monks Orchard Road

Beckenham, Kent


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