Community Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum plus 10% R&R and on-call supplement
Closing date
10 Dec 2023
As a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist within the Leigh Moss Community Health Team for Older Adults you will be leading a multidisciplinary team providing high quality mental health care for service users under part of the North Liverpool caseload.

The team has recently moved base from Mossley Hill Hospital in South Liverpool to the new facility at Leigh Moss Hospital in Knotty Ash, a stone's throw away from Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

You will be managing patients with both functional and organic presentations in the community and there is an experienced Consultant body based at Leigh Moss Hospital to provide support. There is a new inpatient facility at Leigh Moss Hospital (Fern ward) where service users with dementia requiring inpatient care can be admitted to.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for the assessment, formulation, diagnosis and ongoing management of service users referred in to the Older Adults CMHT based at Leigh Moss Hospital. In addition you will provide supervision to the multidisciplinary team as well as to any trainee doctors placed within the team. You will be expected to liaise with colleagues in other medical specialities such as Geriatrics, Movement Disorders, Neurology and Neuroradiology where required in order to provide coordinated MDT working for service users.

You will be expected to participate in the Trust wide teaching programme which is held on Tuesday mornings and will have dedicated SPA time in order to engage with personal professional development activities, audit and will also be encouraged to take up further management roles as the opportunities arise.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together.

We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

There are two MDTs covering the North of Liverpool. Each of these MDTs receives referrals from 12 GP surgeries in the local area. The post holder will be leading one of these MDTs. The annual number of referrals into the post holders MDT was 403 last year. In the 2020-2021 year the annual number of referrals was 304. In 2019-2020 this number was 194. The over 65 year old population in Liverpool as a whole is 73,800 (correct as of 2020 ONS Population Estimate) which accounts for 14.7% of the whole population of Liverpool (500,500). The catchment area in the North of Liverpool which the post holders MDT covers has a total over 65 year old population of 12,750. The current caseload for the post holders MDT is 326.

The total annual number of referrals to Leigh Moss Hospital Community Older Adult Services has remained stable over a period of at least 8 years, ranging from a minimum of 1501 in 2020 up to a maximum of 1764 in 2021 and all years going back to 2014 otherwise having a total number of approximately 1650.

The post holder will be the Responsible Clinician for patients in their caseload within the Older Adults Community Mental Health Team. There are allocated GP surgeries for each caseload within the service and these are allocated to ensure equity in terms of number of referrals. In line with New Ways of Working, the post holder will provide a consultative, supervisory and supportive role to the multidisciplinary teams work. They will take an active part in the clinical work of the team and a lead role in the development of the service. The post holder will be expected to provide leadership to the Team whose role is to provide assessment, management and support to people who may need contact with Older Adults Mental Health services. Practitioners within the team will support access to services in a timely manner, as well as ensure arrangements are in place to enhance smooth pathways between primary care and secondary services. The post holder will be enabled to work in a consultative manner, being accessible to team members, GP and primary care staff, patients and carers, for the provision of expert advice and interventions in a timely manner. The post holder will operate within multi-disciplinary integrated and co-located teams, which including Health staff and Social services staff. The post holder will be expected to be part of the allocation procedure within the team and be responsive and flexible to the needs of the team.

Please see job description for further details.

Person Specification



  • Full registration with General Medical Council
  • Inclusion on or eligible for inclusion on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council or within 6 months of CCST/CCT or equivalent in Old age Psychiatry at date of interview
  • Section 12 (2) Approval + Approved Clinician Status or demonstrated ability to gain approval


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

Qualifications & Training


  • MbChb, MBBS or equivalent
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent, 3 years higher professional training in Old age psychiatry


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • Additional Qualifications



  • Holds valid UK driving licence and will use own car for work related travel OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Excellent clinical knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA


  • Experience in working previously in similar roles at a relevant level.
  • Training or worked as a DoLs assessor
  • Experience in management and service development Knowledge and use of IT systems

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.


  • Able to plan and deliver teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Leigh Moss Hospital

7 Thomas Lane


L14 5NR

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