Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist to join our dynamic and forward thinking services, which are transforming to work more closely with our communities and our local group of Primary Care Networks.

This is a permanent full-time (10PAs) post in Old Age Psychiatry. The emphasis is to provide timely and comprehensive assessment, interventions and treatment to service users and their families/carers, whilst working within a multi-disciplinary team format.

The post is aligned to the Telford and Wrekin area, which comprising of four PCNs. In total, there are 4.2 Adult Consultants and 2 Older Adult Consultants. The post will cover two of the PCNs in this area.

We are looking for an Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist with the interest in providing strong medical leadership as the post involves providing clinical leadership to the team as part of a collective leadership structure, which shares responsibility for ensuring that the care delivered by the service is safe and of a high quality standard. The post covers Community Mental Health Team work related to functional older adults (65+), as well as to those suspected or living with Dementia and challenging behaviours. This is a community post only and there is no inpatient responsibilities.

As a Trust we are proud to offer agile and flexible working opportunities as part of our ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage.

Main duties of the job

The role enables dedicated Old Age Consultant input into one of our five Integrated Community Mental Services (CMHS) located across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin for those aged over 65, as well as providing Consultant input into our Specialist Dementia Service. You will be expected to provide community care and treatment, with the facility for assessment of referred service users, flexible review of complex service users and timely discharge in liaison with General Practitioners.

The role involves providing clinical leadership to the team as part of a collective leadership structure, and providing support and supervision as required to Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Non-Medical Prescribers. The post holder will have responsibility to supervise a trainee attached to the team, although as with any training post this is subject to trainee availability. Opportunities are also available in the Trust to participate in postgraduate and undergraduate education for Junior Doctors and medical students from Keele Medical School.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual, with a passion for working with older adults presenting with dementia and complex mental health difficulties. The successful person will need to encourage effective engagement of this cohort of people, maintaining compassion and hope through every contact.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, milage paid at business rate s
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To comply with all Trust policies and the Living Our Values Framework.
  • To maintain professional registration with the GMC and a full Licence to Practice, be engaging in appraisal, revalidation and job planning.
  • To maintain Approved Clinician (AC) status
  • To comply with Trust mandatory training
  • To operate with transparency, including maintenance of an electronic diary

  • To ensure, in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, regular effective review of the care of service users in the clinical pathway via individual assessments and follow up appointments, MDT meetings, particularly where the complexity requires it
  • To be the Responsible Clinician for service users in the pathway who are subject to Community Treatment Order (CTO) where applicable
  • To provide evidence based care
  • To be recovery focused
  • To provide cross-cover (emergency and prospective) for other Consultant colleagues by mutual agreement
  • To communicate with all key partners in an appropriate and timely way including service users, carers and GPs
  • To work within the requirements of service contracts including compliance with nationally agreed quality standards
  • To fully utilise Trust IT systems as appropriate to enable fulfilment of clinical duties including the electronic prescribing system

  • To participate in the training and supervision of doctors in training and medical students where applicable
  • To participate in the supervision and training of non-medical prescribers (NMPs), Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) and non-medical Responsible Clinicians (RCs) within the pathway
  • To lead in Clinical Governance, Audit and Quality Improvement activities
  • To provide clinical leadership in the collective leadership structure
  • To be actively involved in shaping and improving the services offered in secondary care mental health services to best meet the needs of users and carers
  • To participate in CPD, including peer supervision, and to remain up-to-date with requirements for revalidation

You will need to have the following key skills and experience:
  • To have a genuine passion for working with older adults
  • To be able to work well in a team
  • To have excellent leadership qualities
  • To provide evidenced based care and interventions

Person Specification



  • Medical Degree
  • MRC Psych or equivalent
  • Eligible for inclusion on the specialist register (senior trainees must be within six months of CCT at the point of interview)


  • Specialty Training



  • Experience in Old Age Psychiatry at ST 4 -6 level or equivalent senior level in a variety of settings including in-patient and community.
  • Awareness of current guidelines for the assessment and treatment of mental disorder
  • Awareness of current guidelines for the assessment and treatment of dementia
  • Eligibility for approval under Section 12(2) of Mental Health Act 1983,Eligibility for Approved Clinician status and knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act.


  • Additional clinical skills e.g. Risk assessment, case formulation
  • Committed to performance measures and evidence-based practice



  • Effective communicator verbally and in writing
  • IT skills including using the internet and PowerPoint.
  • Committed to developing skills in other team members, for example nurse prescribers


  • Evidence of involvement 360 degree appraisal

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Hall Court



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