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Specialty Doctor in General Adult Psychiatry (Inpatient) - Aston Ward

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£51,000 to £80,000 Per Annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2023
Would you like to be part of something Outstanding?

We are seeking a Specialty Doctor to work within our Inpatient Mental Health Unit within Adult Psychiatry.

This is a hugely exciting time for the Trust having recently achieved an OUTSTANDING CQC RATING and being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold an outstanding rating.

Over the years the quality of our services and the achievements of our staff have been recognised nationally including the MENTAL HEALTH TRUST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020at the Health Service Journal Awards.

Main duties of the job

The Aston ward is a 20 bedded acute inpatient treatment ward for adults of working age (male and female) based in Stevenage. The Specialty Doctor will work 10 PAs with one full-time Consultant Psychiatrist, one Core Trainee and one FY1 Doctor, who are based at Aston ward.

The post holder will work in an established multidisciplinary team, providing senior clinical input into the integrated acute care pathway. Since May 2015 there has been an Acute Assessment Unit operational on Swift ward, Kingfisher Court which accepts all the admissions. The Aston Ward accepts female patients that need psychiatric treatment from the AAU and also accepts direct admissions.

About us

Here's what we have to offer you
  • CESR application support
  • Access to SAS funding for personal development
  • Access to Leadership, Teaching, Education and Research opportunities
  • Access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-calibre medical professionals
  • Study leave of 30 days over 3 years
  • Study leave budget of �800 per person per annum
  • A strong ethos on Learning and Development
  • Innovative patient electronic record system (PARIS)/ Admin and IT equipment/ software to improve work experience (4G enabled laptops provided upon starting)
  • Flexible working
  • Excellent staff benefits
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Generous relocation package up to �7.5K (subject to terms & conditions)

Our Health Hub helps improve staff health and wellbeing across the Trust - encouraging staff to step away from their work and think about their own health. This includes:
  • Workshops, challenges and social events throughout the year
  • Confidential and safe forums where staff can talk about the emotional impact of work
  • An equality and diversity staff network providing support to all staff
  • Mindfulness bite size taster session
  • Mini health check
  • Free, confidential counselling services 24/7

In addition to the generous pension and annual leave that comes with NHS employment, the trust offers additional benefits to our staff including a salary sacrifice scheme enabling staff to drive a brand new car or purchase a new bike as well as an HMRC scheme enabling savings on registered childcare costs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties include but not exclusive to:
  • Ward Rounds - Assessment, diagnosis, formulation and review of management plans for service users. Flexibly review and re-assess service users to assess their response to treatment and their readiness to access other parts of Acute Care Pathway.
  • Mental Health Act Work - Meeting the requirements of emergency work, MHA assessments, and assessments of capacity, Community Treatment Orders. Presenting evidence at MHA Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings Maintain AC Status and attend relevant training.
  • Follow Trust Policy - Know Policy relevant to the role, follow it and support other members of the multidisciplinary team to do so also.

More information can be found on the attached Job Description.

Person Specification

Personal Qualifications


  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Fully registered medical practitioner with the General Medical Council (GMC). Possession of a current License to Practice.


  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • A diploma in Psychiatry or MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Section 12 Approval OR Interest in working towards section 12 approval and AC status.

Experience, Clinical Skills & Knowledge


  • A minimum of 4 years' experience in General Adult Psychiatry with at least two years in an approved training scheme.
  • Experience of working in community settings in General Adult Psychiatry.
  • 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 General Adult Psychiatry.


  • Clinical experience in a range of services within General Adult Psychiatry.

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.


  • Participated in research or service evaluation.

Other Requirements


  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Lister Hospital Mental Health Unit Aston ward

Coreys Mill Lane



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