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Specialty Doctor in Intellectual Disabilities Psychiatry (Civic)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Specialty doctor
Full Time
We are looking to appoint a Specialty Doctor in Intellectual Disabilities Psychiatry.

The Learning Disability service stream provides specialist health care to adults with learning disabilities in Hertfordshire. The total population of Hertfordshire is approximately 1.2 million people . The Multidisciplinary Teams in Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is commissioned to provide direct specialist health services for adults with learning disabilities

These include:
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Intensive support nursing
  • Arts therapies
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Loss and bereavement counselling
  • Sexuality support counselling
  • Offending Behaviour Intervention Service (Community Forensic Learning Disability Team)
  • Positive Partnerships Team providing training to carers and to assist with implementation of PBS plans in community settings.
  • Community Based Forensic Learning Disabilities Service (OBIS Team).
  • Inpatient Services on Kingfisher Court, Radlett.

Main duties of the job

Principal Duties - under supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Provision of psychiatric expertise to the community learning disability team and the community intensive support service.
  • To undertake outpatient clinics, home visits and participate in multidisciplinary case discussions.
  • Attend Care Programme Approach meetings.
  • To liaise effectively with primary care and mainstream mental health services.
  • To have regular clinical supervision with the consultant psychiatrist. It is the post holder's responsibility to ensure that this is booked.

Specific duties for outpatients and community work:

All new referrals require a full psychiatric history and mental state examination. In order to get a comprehensive history this may require more than one appointment, a home visit and information gathering from carers, family and other professionals. Once the assessment is completed it must be written up in the standard format and discussed with the Consultant Psychiatrist. The GP must be kept informed of the progress of the assessment. Follow up appointments require a letter to the GP using the standard format. This will include ICD 10 diagnosis, current medication, any changes to medication and capacity to consent to treatment. There must be a clear recommendation about management and follow up arrangements.

Cases should be discussed with the Consultant during clinical supervision.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is at the forefront of providing integrated health and social care. The Trust specialises in providing services for people with mental health problems and people with a learning disability including those who require specialist or forensic health care.

HPFT is one of a handful of mental health trusts in the country to receive a CQC rating of 'Outstanding'. The Trust aims to become the leading provider of Mental Health and Specialist Learning Disability services in the country.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) was established on 1st April 2001 and achieved Foundation Trust status on 1st of August 2007. In January 2013, the University of Hertfordshire awarded the HPFT University Trust status, an achievement awarded to only a few mental health organisations in the country nationally. The Trust provides mental health and social care services for Adults of Working Age, Older Adults, Children and Adolescents and Specialist Learning Disabilities services across Hertfordshire. HPFT employs approximately 2800 people working from more than 80 sites. In recent years HPFT has also been successful in acquiring the tender for the provision of specialist Learning Disability services in Norfolk, North Essex and Buckinghamshire. A Single Point of Access was introduced in 2012 to streamline access to mental health and learning disability services in Hertfordshire

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post requires the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with relevant professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures. The use of Electronic Patient Record (PARIS) is mandatory for clinical work.

The post holder would contribute with other professional, medical and service leads in the development and implementation of best practice in mental health and comply with all the relevant professional codes of conduct.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Fully registered medical practitioner with the General Medical Council (GMC)


  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • A diploma in Psychiatry or MRCPsych or equivalent.

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • At least 6 months experience in Learning Disabilities .With at least 2 years' experience in a psychiatry training scheme.
  • Experience of working in community settings in Learning Disabilities.
  • Ability to work well in Multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA.


  • Clinical experience in a range of services within Psychiatry.



  • Ability to demonstrate clinical problem solving in interdisciplinary areas
  • Possession of good organisational skills

Personal Skills


  • Be able to actively listen and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Other / Transport


  • Holds a full valid driving license and access to a car (Unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Civic Centre

Prospect Place

Welwyn Garden City


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