Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age Psychiatry

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
The exciting opportunity has arisen for a consultant psychiatrist to work into the old age psychiatry team based in Easington.The core team consists of the consultant psychiatrist, specialty doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered mental health nurses, ward manager, team manager and administrative support. In addition, these teams have co-located social workers and access to speech and language therapists and dietitians.

The post-holder will provide psychiatric input to a weighted population of 19,101 people over 65 years in Easington. The team receive referrals for patients registered with GP Surgeries in the East Durham area and this allows the longitudinal development of strong working relationships with local communities and primary care colleagues.

Easington CMHT provides mental health assessments for people who have memory problems or who have other mental health problems (e.g. anxiety, depression, psychosis, etc) in the locality. The service has memory clinics that assesses, diagnoses and treats people with dementia. They provide ongoing support to the patient and their carers, prescribe medication if appropriate and monitor their mental health.The teams follow the Dementia Care Pathway (DCP), described in more detail below. Group sessions for memory rehabilitation may be offered, namely the Cognitive Stimulation Groups (CST).

Main duties of the job

The Consultant Psychiatrist is an integral member and leader of an enthusiastic and well managed multi-disciplinary team. There is a need for a flexible approach to a pattern of working which may change from time to time depending on the demands of the various areas of the service. There will be a requirement to undertake some home visits, and this is judged on patient need.

It is expected that the post holder will carry a small personal caseload that rarely exceeds 15 - 20 patients, with the team members being care coordinator for most patients, reviewing that care with the consultant. In line with the New ways of Working, the consultant would contribute towards complex assessments and provide senior expert advice to nurse led assessments in the team in the huddles (MDT Meetings).

The post holder will be expected to have a familiarity with important relevant legislation affecting the care of older people with mental illness. The post-holder is expected to be the Responsible Clinician for any patients on CTOs within the patch, though this number has remained historically low. The post-holder is expected to prioritise Mental Health Act Assessments for their own patients during working hours and be a qualified DOLS Mental Health Assessor for any patients on their personal caseload. Occasionally, there may be ad hoc Section 49 Mental Capacity Act reports to prepare, and these are shared evenly amongst the consultant body.

About us

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of �320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people and also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We are a multi-award winning trust and are included within the Health Service Journals Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this post and the full job description, please see the attached document.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


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

Clinical Knowledge & Skills


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge.
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty.
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others.

Teaching & Training


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training.


  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.

CPD & Appraisal


  • Participated in continuous professional development.
  • Reflects on own performance and behaviour, seeking and acting on feedback.

Audit, Research & Quality Improvement


  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.
  • Understanding of the trust's quality improvement system.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


The Old Vicarage

271 Station Road



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