Consultant Psychiatrist Croydon South Locality Team

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £93,666- £126,281 per annum pro rata
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a substantive post for a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry that has become available following the community transformation that the Directorate has undertaken. The post is full-time (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). The successful candidate will be part of an active Consultant body and will join the Borough Consultants on call rota.

Croydon South Locality Team is one of three generic Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) in the Borough. Community Mental Health Teams are geographically aligned services one covering the north of the Borough, one covering the central area of the Borough and one covering the south of the Borough.

Caseloads for each CMHT are:

Croydon North Locality Team - 562 patients

Croydon Central Locality Team - 553 patients

Croydon South Locality Team - 398 patients

The teams provide care for people with complex and enduring mental health needs, who need proactive contact and care coordination. Teams support service users registered to a GP practice aligned to the locality team they cover.

Referrals are received from:
  • Assessment and Liaison services
  • Specialist services such as COAST
  • other Early Intervention Teams or CMHTs in case of transfer of patients from another area
  • inpatient wards.

Main duties of the job

Clinical duties

The post holder will share clinical leadership of the team with the other South Locality Team Consultant and take full consultant responsibility for patients designated as under their care. There will be a need to screen referrals, contribute to multidisciplinary assessments, and correspond with referrers, colleagues and other involved professionals in assessments and treatment of accepted patients. The post holder will conduct regular psychiatric reviews and contribute to care planning meetings of community patients under their care. There will be a need to support inpatient colleagues when patients are admitted to the wards, write tribunal reports, and attend tribunals as required. There are no current trainees associated with the post, however medical workforce is currently being reviewed and the team is provided with two locum SHOs.

There is an average of 15 - 20 referrals a week, with a caseload of approximately 398 patients across the whole team. The post holder will be seeing patients in their clinic on a daily basis or four days a week, depending on their SPA arrangements. The number of patients may vary but will be an average of 16 a week, including new patients, follow-ups and emergencies. The rate of tribunals/managers hearings is around 1 every 6 weeks.

7.5 Programmed Activities per week will be devoted to Direct Clinical Care and 2.5 SPAs to Supporting Professional Activity.

About us

Core principles of the Trust are:
  • The Three C's (consultation, co-design, and co-production):we will involve patients, carers and staff in everything we do.
  • Inclusion:we will strive for equity of access, experience, and outcomes across the populations we serve, including a specific focus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and socially disenfranchised groups.
  • Engagement and shared learning:to create a system of shared working and information flow throughout our networks.
  • Value:we will use consistent methodology driven by data intelligence to improve our value-based offer of care, evaluated by our clinical outcomes, patient and carers experience, staff experience, cost, and sustainability.

Equality and Diversity

We believe that people who use our services, their carers, and our staff should be treated with compassion, respect, and dignity. This means we will not tolerate any form of prejudice or discrimination against service users, carers, staff, or our members.

Job description

Job responsibilities

General/ Managerial and other responsibilities :
  • Participation in the borough General Adult on call rota [B 1% banding].
  • Participation in service evaluation, audit, research, and quality improvement.
  • Participation in service development/clinical governance activities.
  • Participation in the teams business meeting and any other relevant team/Trust meetings.
  • Participation in academic activities including team-based teaching, case presentation, and teaching medical/other students attached to the service.
  • Participation in reflective practice sessions.

Support, Supervision, CPD and Leave/cover arrangements :
  • Annual appraisal and job plan meeting.
  • The post holder will be provided with a mobile phone and expected to be contactable on this during your working hours.
  • The post holder will also have access to Study leave in keeping with the Specialty doctors guidance and be supported to achieve the CPD requirements within the framework of appraisal and PDP requirements.
  • Any annual or study leave will need to be authorised in advance by the Associate Medical Director.
  • The Trust has mandatory training requirements, which the post holder will be expected to comply with in a timely fashion.

Person Specification



  • Medical degree, MBBS or equivalent. Fully registered with the General Medical Council with licence to practice. In the GMC Specialist Register (or if Specialist Registrar within 6 months of gaining CCT)
  • Section 12 Approved
  • With or eligible for Approved Clinician status


  • Higher Degree In Relevant Subject



  • Experience of clinical work in General Adult Psychiatrist


  • Experience of Community Based Psychiatry

MDT Experience


  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership to the team.

Quality Improvement


  • Experience of being involved in management and Quality Improvement activities



  • Experience in teaching junior staff


  • Teaching Qualification



  • Interested and willing to facilitate research projects.


  • Research Degree and/or Publications on relevant topics

ICT Skills


  • Computer Literacy in a Healthcare Context

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Jeanette Wallace House

Edridge Rd, Croydon



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