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Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age Psychiatry

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

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is for a full-time consultant psychiatrist working into a well-established community mental health team covering the Sedgefield & Dales sector.The service serves an over-65 population of 257,007. The service provides assessment and treatment of organic and functional mental illness.

From a management perspective, the service is divided geographically across the locality to cover Durham (comprising 4 community mental health teams: Durham & Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Sedgefield & Dales, and Easington) and Tees Valley (comprising 5 community mental health teams: Darlington & Teesdale, Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, and Redcar & Cleveland).

The community teams provide mental health assessments for people who have memory problems or who have other mental health problems requiring secondary care intervention in the locality. The service has memory clinics that assesses and diagnoses 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.

For the functional side of the teams, the service promotes the recovery model. The teams follow the Functional Pathway which uses the 5P formulation model, based around recovery and co-production of care plans.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical PAs are 7.5 PA across the week at Auckland Park Hospital in Bishop Auckland. This post provides consultant leadership to the Sedgefield & Dales community team, working closely with other consultant and specialty doctor colleagues for this team.

The post-holder will be responsible for the delivery of mental health services to the population of older people of approximately 33,000. The Consultant is an integral member of enthusiastic and well managed multi-disciplinary teams operating in community and inpatient settings. 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. It is expected that the post holder will carry a small personal caseload of around 20 patients.

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.

The postholder will be expected to have a familiarity with important relevant legislation affecting the care of older people with mental illness.

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


Auckland Park Hospital

Westfield Road

Bishop Auckland

County Durham

DL14 6AE

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