Consultant Psychiatrist - Lewisham Community Forensic Service

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £84,559 - £114,003 pa
Closing date
24 Sep 2023
There is an opportunity for a 10PA substantive Consultant post in Community Forensic services.

The successful candidate will be joining expanding teams of highly experienced and motivated colleagues, some of whom are national and international experts in their field.

This post will suit someone with good communication and liaison skills and excellent psychiatric knowledge. Candidates with a special interest will be supported to develop this as part of their role.

All the forensic services are served with well-resourced multidisciplinary teams including speciality doctors, social workers, CPNs and psychologists.

Main duties of the job

This specialist forensic team provides community care to a current caseload of approximately 200 patients. The team is based in Sydenham with clinics taking place at the Ladywell Unit, University Hospital Lewisham. The post holder will have a caseload of approximately 80 patients, a quarter of whom are under MoJ restriction orders. The post holder will also provide some liaison and support to general psychiatry services seeking advice about forensic services and follow their patients through their secure services journey.

About us

The Forensic Service at SLaM is part of a provider collaborative under the auspices of the South London Partnership (SLP). The SLP provides a clinically-led innovative model of service delivery which is improving the quality of care to patients across South London.

The forensic inpatient and community services are managed within the Croydon Borough and Behavioural and Developmental Pathway (BDP) directorate. The BDP is also part of a central Quality Centre, leading on designing care pathways in line with the evidence base.

The Forensic department includes:
  • Four male medium secure wards at River House, Bethlem Royal Hospital.
  • One female medium secure ward, at River House, Bethlem Royal Hospital.
  • One male personality disorder medium secure ward at River House
  • One low secure pre-discharge ward: Chaffinch, Bethlem Royal Hospital
  • Ward in the Community, open forensic unit, Lambeth Hospital
  • Four community mental health teams (one for each SLAM borough - Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon)
  • The Criminal Justice Liaison Team.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The main duties of the post holder are to provide psychiatry consultant leadership, to act as Approved Clinician to the patients under the care of the Lewisham Community Forensic Team, and to work with the team leader to deliver high quality care for patients. The post holder will provide clinical cover for other forensic consultants for leave and vice versa, and also participate in the on-call rota.

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



  • 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


Lewisham Community Forensic Service

200 Kirkdale, Sydenham


SE26 4NL

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