Consultant in General Adult Community Psychiatry - Christchurch

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year p.a. pro rata for part time
Closing date
1 Oct 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for a full time Consultant Psychiatrist to join the integrated Christchurch and Southbourne CMHT and play a key leadership role in influencing the development of our existing service, in line with the Long Term Plan and Community Mental Health Framework.

We would love to hear from you to discuss how together we might design this role around you and your specialist interests.Work-life balance is important to all of us, when we support staff to achieve this there are benefits for you, our patients, and the Trust. We are committed to enabling flexible working and would welcome discussions around this. This may include but is not limited to compressed hours over four days, job sharing, part time working and home working.

Alongside this, we offer fantastic career development and enhancements:
  • This post attracts aRecruitment and Retention payment of�10,000 to be paid in monthly instalments for the first year of employment.
  • We can provide a generousrelocation package of up to �10,000if you are interested in moving to our beautiful county

Main duties of the job

The Christchurch and Southbourne Community Mental Health Team is a large multidisciplinary team with a mix of highly experienced and skilled staff, and new staff who are bringing drive, creativity, and new ways of working. We have plans to move into new dedicated premises and expand the services we currently offer to patients and their families.

As part of its integrated service for service users on CPA and Standard Care, the team already offers various services such as Physical Health Checks Service, Depot and Clozapine Clinics, Social inclusion work (Employment support and Support, time and recovery workers), designated Duty service and psychological therapies (including a DBT pathway and individual therapy).

We have recently expanded our physical health offer and are moving towards closer partnership working with Primary care and Psychological Services. We have a close working relationship with the Local Authority and there is a high level of support from the Team Leader, Service Manager and Lead Consultant.

Candidates for Consultant posts must also be on the GMC Specialist Register (including via CESR/European Community Rights) or will have a CCT/CESR(CP) date within 6 months of interview.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification



  • General medical Qualification e.g. MBBS, or equivalent and hold a Licence to Practise.
  • MRCPsych or recognised equivalent, e.g. membership of a psychiatry college in another country.


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



  • Must be in possession or within 6 months of possession of a CCT in Psychiatry or on Specialist Register in Psychiatry.
  • On Specialist Register in General Adult 19Psychiatry.
  • Section 12(2) approval and Approved Clinician approval or ability to obtain approval before starting post.


  • Experience of medicine outside psychiatry e.g. general practice, medicine.

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty.
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psychosocial perspective and wider medical knowledge
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA.
  • Make decisions based on evidence and experience including contribution of others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


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

Dorset HealthCare Values


  • Proactive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy, and positive.

Management Skills


  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of good patient care.
  • Able to manage priorities.
  • Evidence of management/Leadership skills training.


  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff.

Leadership Skills


  • Understand principles of leadership and give examples of leadership in own practice.
  • Able to provide clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.

Clinical Governance


  • An understanding of the importance of Clinical Governance in the NHS organisations and importance in patient care.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation

Self Awareness


  • To have an understanding of own strengths and weaknesses and how these attributes affect professional functioning.
  • To have an understanding of the stresses involved in being a consultant psychiatrist and how to manage these appropriately.

Supervision of Junior medical Staff


  • Knowledge of requirements for supervision and appraisal of junior medical staff.
  • Approved educational supervisor training.

Research and Audit


  • Experience of carrying out an audit project.
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Ability to supervisor junior medical staff undertaking research projects.


  • Published audit project.
  • Ability to critically appraise published research.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Christchurch CMHT Fairmile House

Tasman Close


BH23 2JT

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