Locum Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist (Bromley)

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £93,666 - £126,281 plus LW £2,162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Dec 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated psychiatrist to join the new Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich Perinatal Mental Health Service as a 8 PA Locum Consultant for the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team. The post holder will provide leadership and clinical expertise to the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team. They will work collaboratively with others in the Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich Perinatal Mental Health Service, professionals from other services (e.g. maternity services and health visiting) and with our experts by experience, to build on the achievements to date and continue to develop this high quality service to ensure excellent outcomes for women and their families.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work collaboratively with others in the Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich Perinatal Mental Health Service, professionals from other services (e.g., maternity services and health visiting) and with our experts by experience, to build on the achievements to date and continue to develop this high-quality service to ensure excellent outcomes for women and their families.

About us

At Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, we offer a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South-East London and to people in prison across England. Our wide array of services includes community health care, such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies.

Oxleas is a great place to work. It has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work 2023 by the Sunday Times amongst very big employers. Our staff survey results show that we are in the Top 5 in England and the highest in London for staff experience amongst similar trusts.

We are always delighted to welcome new colleagues to the Oxleas family. We care about making Oxleas a great place to work - it's a big priority in our strategy. Come and join us - it's a place where our values, teamwork, equity, and wellbeing matter and where you can really help to improve people's lives.

Ify Okocha

Chief Executive

Job description

Job responsibilities


Each of the three Perinatal Mental Health Teams has a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist. One of the Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrists will also be the Clinical Lead.

The Consultant Psychiatrists report to the Clinical Lead for Perinatal Mental Health Services who in turn reports to the Clinical Director.

There is a full time Band 8a Service Manager for the service, who reports to the Bromley Service Manager.

The Perinatal Clinical Lead and the Service Manager will work closely together to provide consistency across the three boroughs and the borough-based consultants will work closely with the team manager to deliver high quality, safe care.

The monthly Clinical Governance /Quality Improvement meeting will be attended by all members of the three Perinatal Mental Health Teams, the Clinical Lead and Service Manager.

The post holder will participate in the monthly Perinatal Service Senior Management Team meeting, attended by the Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrists, Clinical Lead, Clinical Psychologists and Service Manager.

The Clinical Lead and Service Manager will attend the Bromley borough Senior Management Team meetings monthly (as the three-borough perinatal mental health service will be operationally managed under this directorate) and the Bexley and Greenwich borough Senior Management team meetings as required.

The meeting structures ensure that lessons are learnt across the trust, that national policies and standards are implemented, that policies and processes are standardised, and that good practice is disseminated and that there is a focus of quality improvement.

The post holder will take a lead in the improvement of the quality of care within the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team and contribute to improving quality across the system.


To provide senior medical responsibility and clinical leadership to the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team.

To maintain the level of expertise and skill necessary to ensure the provision of high quality perinatal mental health care, aiming for optimal outcomes for mother, infant and the wider family.

To ensure that care for women under the care of the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team is evidence based and in line with the recommendations of national guidelines and standards, including NICE Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Clinical Guideline and the Royal College of Psychiatrists CCQI Quality Standards for Community Perinatal Mental Health Services.

To assess and provide ongoing care for women from preconception, throughout pregnancy and up to one year postnatal. It is expected that women with the most severe and complex mental illness will be seen for assessment by the Locum Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist.

To see women in a variety of locations as required including Antenatal Clinics, Childrens Centres, maternity wards, health centres, in their homes and when needed in general adult inpatient wards.

To work closely with clinicians in the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team, and all other professionals involved in womens care to ensure that high quality care is effectively co-ordinated.

To see women jointly with other professionals within and outside the service as needed.

To lead Pre-Birth Planning Meetings for women, inviting her to bring her partner of other family members, and to include all involved professionals.

To ensure that each woman under the care of the service has a Perinatal Mental Health Care Plan developed collaboratively with her, her partner (or other family member) and all the involved professionals.

To attend pre-discharge meetings on the postnatal ward for women under the care of the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team when required.

To ensure care is patient centred, compassionate and focussed on the needs of the woman, her baby and the wider family and to ensure clear communication and shared decision making with women (and their partners and other family members as appropriate).

To lead the weekly multi-disciplinary clinical team meeting.

To offer expert risk assessment and management skills.

To write reports for and to attend Child Protection Conferences

To provide clinical advice to colleagues within the team, the wider perinatal mental health service, general adult mental health services, maternity services, health visitors and GPs.

To highlight that if an inpatient psychiatric admission is required for women in the third trimester or the postnatal period, this should be to a specialised psychiatric Mother and Baby Unit without delay, so that no woman is unnecessarily separated from her baby.

To undertake Mental Health Act Assessments if required.

To provide consultant cover for the Bexley and Greenwich Perinatal Mental Health Teams as needed.

To ensure that cover is arranged for responsibilities during leave with the other Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrists within the Service.

To carry a mobile phone during working hours and be contactable by members of the team.


To participate in medical student teaching.

To participate in teaching for FY, CT and ST psychiatrists.

To participate in training for midwives, health visitors, social workers, GPs and mental health professionals.


To undertake administrative duties associated with the care of patients, ensuring that clinical activity is accurately and comprehensively documented and in a timely way

To ensure that data is collected and accurately recorded on RiO and the Service databases.

To participate in service and business planning activity as needed.

To participate in annual appraisal for consultants.

To participate in the Trusts academic programme, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD programme.

To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12 (2) approval, and to abide by professional codes of conduct.

To participate annually in a job plan review with the Clinical Lead. This will include consultation with the Team Manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery.

To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services and share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to management.

To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the medical director and other managers in preparing plans for the service.


The post holder will be expected to be approved as a Responsible Clinician with approval under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act.

See job description for full details on the following:






Person Specification



  • GMC registration



  • Psychiatry Experience



  • MBBS or equiv

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Mary's Hospital

Frognal Avenue


DA14 6LT

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