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Specialist Doctor in Older Adult Psychiatry - Christchurch

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£83,945 to £95,275 a year pa., pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023
We are looking to recruit a full-time (10 PA) specialist doctor in older adult mental health. This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Christchurch Community Mental Health Team

If you are interested in moving to our beautiful county we can provide a generous relocation package of up to �10,000.

In addition, we offer a commitment to flexible working, career development opportunities and our excellent NHS benefits.

Please visit our Microsite for more information regarding our Trust.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit a full-time specialist doctor in older adult mental health. This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Christchurch Community Mental Health Team and take part in the multidisciplinary management of community referrals for those with both functional and organic illness. The vision going forward is to ensure that Dorset residents have timely access to expert services when required for their cognitive and other mental health problems with easy access to services required and good liaison between the service providers.

There is a strong leadership structure across the organisation with the opportunity for regular input into leadership meetings and developments. The catchment area is within a picturesque area of the county and there is good opportunity for peer support and robust cross cover.

The post holder will be expected to maintain Section 12 (2) and be an Approved Clinician.

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



  • shall have completed a minimum of 12 years' medical work (either continuous period or in aggregate) since obtaining a primary medical qualification of which a minimum of six years should have been in a relevant specialty in the Specialty Doctor and/or closed SAS grades. Equivalent years' experience in a relevant specialty from other medical grades including from overseas will also be accepted.
  • Section 12(2) approval and Approved Clinician approval or ability to obtain approval before starting post.

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • High levels of competence in diagnosis, risk assessment, care planning and prescribing.

Dorset HealthCare Values


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

Management Skills


  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of goo patient care

Leadership Skills


  • Able to prioritise work to meet competing clinical demands
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Fairmile House,

Jumpers Road


BH23 2JT

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