Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry - Knowsley Recovery Team

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
Applications are invited for a full-time (10PAs + 10% R& R) Consultant Psychiatrist to join Knowsley Recovery Team for adults of working age.

At Mersey Care we are passionate about mental health and wellbeing and delivering the best possible care for the people we serve. Quality, recovery and wellbeing are at the heart of everything that we do.

The Trust is focused on driving change and innovation by supporting and enhancing the leadership role of our senior clinicians and this role would offer opportunities for you to lead and develop excellent practice in the field

You will join a dynamic and dedicated multi-disciplinary team delivering high quality assessment and treatment of for adults with psychosis and other severe mental illnesses referred from linked general practices from the Knowsley area.

This is an exciting time to be joining adult mental health services with the implementation of a new clinical model that is already yielding improvements in care throughout the pathway, supported by more effective team working with primary care and adult inpatient acute care colleagues.

Main duties of the job

Consultant Psychiatrist responsibility for Knowsley Recovery team

Actively involved in the leadership, management and decision making within the Community Mental Health Team

Carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide treatment for patients.

Support MDT staff to manage psychiatric emergencies

Conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews, CPA reviews and multiprofessional team meetings

Contribute to the development of the service and be actively involved in the critical evaluation of its effectiveness over time.

Ensure that management plans are clearly displayed in the medical records and undertake administrative duties associated with the care of the patient.

To act as team responsible clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 and carry out duties in accordance to the code of practice.

To carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and as required participate in Trust's risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings(H-RAMM)

Maintain a high level of effective communication and work flexibly and cooperatively with other parts of the service including inpatient units, other community mental health teams, specialist services and primary care.

Liaison with families / carers other stakeholders and interested parties

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

In line with New Ways of Working, the post holder will provide a consultative, supervisory and supportive role to the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will take an active part in the clinical work of the team the majority of clinical work is clinic based, but service users may also be seen at home, as required.

Clinical work also includes report writing. The post holder will also be supported in developing a special interest in a clinical area, which meets the Trust objectives.

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. This forms part of a wider acute care system provided by the Trust and this service performs a crucial coordinating function to ensure that service users experience a smooth journey through the most appropriate care pathway.

The post holder is expected to work as a medical expert and as responsible clinician for patients subject to the Mental Health Act 2007 which includes patients on Community Treatment Orders (CTOs). There are approximately 15 patients on CTOs at any time. The post holder is also expected to tackle the medico-legal and ethical dilemmas while adhering to legal safeguards. MHA assessments form an important part of the clinical commitments and have to be done as an emergency. There is a Rota for that in the team which includes fellow Consultant, ST doctor and Specialty doctor. The post holder will have junior doctor support and will be expected to provide clinical supervision to any first or second on call doctors when they contact for any advice or support.

The service operates in the context of CPA Policies and Procedures and all other Policies of the Trust and Local Authorities.

The post holder will contribute to clinical and medical leadership within the Recovery Team taking a lead role in the development and provision of a safe, effective, evidenced-based, quality service. The post holder will liaise closely with General Practitioners (GPs) and with other services, teams and agencies within the Borough and within the Trust to support effective, collaborative, inter-agency working.

There is a specialty doctor currently in post to support the postholder. The Post Holder will be supported to develop Educational and Clinical Supervisor Responsibilities for junior trainees.

Training duties - Participation in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching.

Providing educational supervision of trainees and other disciplines.

Taking part in continuing medical education within statutory limits. Clinical governance and quality assurance

Participation in clinical audit and other local assurance processes.

Participation in service/team evaluation and the planning of future service developments.

Quality improvement - Leads and manages a team in a way that supports the development of a culture of continuous improvement and learning.

Please see job description for a full list of duties

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych or MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Additional clinical qualifications



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



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment


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

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • 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
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Knowsley Resource & Recovery Centre, Whiston Hospital,

Dragon Lane


L35 5DR

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