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Locum Consultant Psychiatrist - Perinatal Community

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year plus Inner London Allowance
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
This post is for a 1 WTE locum consultant psychiatrist working in Barnet and Royal Free antenatal services and Barnet postnatal perinatal mental health service. This is for a fixed term contract, to start as soon as is practicably possible, until 29 March 2024. The post holder will be working alongside two substantive part-time consultants.

The post-holder will have clinical responsibility for patients referred to the service and will also work closely with multiple agencies within the integrated clinical service model. The SPMHS works closely with maternity services, adult community mental health teams, mental health liaison teams, crisis resolution teams/home treatment teams, adult psychological services, primary care and other community services andorganisations.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting role where the post holder will join 6 other perinatal consultant psychiatrists to provide psychiatric input to the integrated SPMHS. It is a newly created post following successful award of new funding for the service. At the time of writing, the substantive job description is awaiting approval with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The post holder will be supported by the multidisciplinary team.

Perinatal consultant psychiatrists have expertise in the prevention, assessment and management of mental disorders occurring or co-existing with pregnancy or the postpartum period, including the assessment and facilitation of the mother-infant relationship in the context of maternal mental illness.

The post holder will clinically cover Barnet-based women booked to deliver at Barnet General Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, as well as a smaller number of Camden[1]based women booked at the Royal Free. One of the aims of the new post is to develop psychiatric-obstetric working relationships with the Royal Free Hospital.

The provision of preconception advice for women with severe mental illness from Barnet will also be provided.

The post holder will share the Partnership-wide roles required with the other consultants and cross cover arrangements for leave are organised between perinatal consultants.

About us

C& I has worked closely with current service users and Trust staff to create a set of shared values that make sure people who use the Trust's services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery. These values are embedded in the campaign: Changing Lives - will help drive up the standards of care across the Trust. For people who use the C& I's services, these values meant that they can be assured that through their journey to recovery they will be guaranteed:
  • To receive a warm welcome through their journey to recovery
  • That their dignity will always be respected
  • That their care will be founded on compassion and kindness
  • To receive a positive approach to care as they journey towards recovery
  • High Quality Care from a highly trained team of professionals
  • That each individual will be part of the wider team in the journey to recovery -

i.e. 'no decision about you, without you'.

C& I staff are required to reflect these values throughout their service at the Trust both:
  • for people who use the services of the Trust, AND
  • within their immediate teams and across the wider business of C& I.

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C& I values are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Appropriate flexibility within timetabled working hours is anticipated for urgent clinical matters.
  • To carry out Mental Health Act and domiciliary assessments as required.
  • To provide second opinions for consultant colleagues if requested.
  • To support clinical governance projects, particularly QI and audits within the service.
  • To attend and participate in consultants' and management meetings to keep informed of service issues and developments.
  • To keep up with administration, including clinic letters, entering Dialog + care plans and reviews and risk assessments on the electronic patient record system.
  • To assist with serious incident investigations and complaints if requested.
  • To keep up to date with mandatory training.

Person Specification



  • Full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and a license to practice. Must be on the specialist register or within 6 months of gaining a Certificate of Completion of Training
  • Must be on the specialist register or within 6 months of gaining a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adult Psychiatry or, if a trainee is acting up, within 12 months of completion of CCT (and maximum duration of post is 3 months)
  • Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent higher qualification in psychiatry
  • Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician status (or eligibility) - qualifies to act as a Responsible Clinician
  • For consultant applicants - registered with Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD programme and in good standing


  • Other relevant post-graduate qualification
  • Training up to date to be an approved trainer/clinical supervisor in line with GMC recognition and approval of trainers which is overseen by the LETB
  • Trained as an Educational Supervisor for doctors in training
  • Training as a Consultant mentor

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to change.
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and influence others.
  • Good knowledge of and ability to use both spoken and written English
  • Ability to organise workload and manage time and delegate responsibility where appropriate
  • Ability to practise as an independent Consultant Psychiatrist.
  • Sensitivity and awareness in clients and staff from different cultures, ethnicities, gender and sexual orientations.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multidisciplinary basis with all levels of staff.
  • Experience in undertaking clinical audit, investigating serious incidents and handling complaints


  • A special interest or willingness to develop one in an area which helps to meet the needs of the Trust
  • Experience in successfully delivering research projects

Knowledge & Experience


  • Knowledge and observance of the requirements and duties of a doctor laid down by the GMC in Good Medical Practice.
  • Clinical knowledge of the full range mental disorders.
  • Experience in the assessment of complex clinical cases involving severe and enduring mental illness and significant risk histories and the ability to assertively engage and manage such cases. This will include experience working on acute Inpatient wards at senior trainee or Consultant level.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding practices
  • Expertise in a comprehensive range of evidence based treatment and case management options including pharmacotherapy.
  • Experience in work-place based assessments of doctors in training
  • Knowledge of clinical commissioning and external organisations that interface with an NHS Trust
  • Good understanding of Trust governance structures, especially clinical governance
  • Willingness to participate in research as appropriate and within the context of the duties of the post


  • Experience in teaching small and large groups
  • Experience in developing policies and protocols.
  • Experience of service development.

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


St Pancras Hospital

St Pancras Hospital



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