Consultant Psychiatrist in Perinatal Psychiatry

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum plus 10% R&R and 1% on call
Closing date
16 Dec 2023
We are looking for a Consultant to join the Liverpool and Sefton Perinatal Mental Health Team. The applicant would join an expanding team striving to provide the best care for women and families in Merseyside.

We are looking for a Consultant to lead the Sefton part of this team as we are expanding with extra funding to meet the NHS Long Term Plan. You would work alongside another Consultant, SAS and Core Training Doctor in the wider Liverpool and Sefton team.

The team consists of a wide MDT including clinical leads, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, family, support workers, health visitors, family therapists, CBT therapists, assistant psychologists.

We work as part of a regional Cheshire and Mersey Perinatal Service with leadership team to help develop the service, lead in research and support the teams.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide clinical medical leadership to the team and clinical advice to staff working in all areas of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

They will be directly involved with assessment diagnosis and management of pregnant and post-natal women referred with complex difficulties or prominent risk issues.

Ensure that all service users newly accepted into the service have a comprehensive review, with the Consultant providing supervision, consultation and advice in relation to assessment and diagnosis to non-medical practitioners.

While primarily responsible for delivering a quality clinical service, the consultant perinatal psychiatrist is also expected to be actively involved in the strategic development of the team as part of wider Cheshire and Mersey Perinatal service linking with Perinatal teams working in North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Caseload is approximately 200 however this includes joint working with patients open to other services. There is a perinatal only caseload and managed in the usual CPA / non-CPA pathways. All CPA patients will be seen medically as per policy. All pre-conception will be seen by Consultant / SAS. This caseload will increase as with NHSE LTP - access rates are increasing to 10% and also case management will increase from 12 months to 24 months post natal if appropriate.

Clinics will be offered for pre-conception, antenatal and postnatal women.

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

  • Consultant psychiatrist will have responsibility for their caseload
  • To supervise and support team members who carry out assessments of patients referred to the team. To carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide medical interventions for patients.
  • Supporting staff to manage psychiatric emergencies
  • To conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews, birth planning meetings, CPA reviews, discharge planning meetings and multi-professional meetings
  • To be the responsible clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and carry out duties in accordance with the code of practice.
  • To carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and participate in Trusts risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings (H-RAMM) and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) Meetings
  • To provide medical leadership to the team.
  • Maintain high level of effective communication with other parts of the Mental health service across the Trust, across maternity services and primary care.
  • Liaison with families / carers
  • Liaison with aspects of the Criminal Justice System regarding patients, where necessary.
  • Liaising with other stakeholders and interested parties.
  • The post holder will receive any necessary training as provided by HENW in order to achieve Level One trainer status, which will allow them to act as a clinical supervisor to trainees. Once approved the post holder will have the opportunity to take on the role of clinical and educational supervisor responsibility for the trainees based with the team if trainees become available in time.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to provide clinical supervision and training for junior doctors according to the requirements laid down in the contract held between the Trust and the Postgraduate Dean. There may be opportunities to provide a clinical attachment for medical students from Liverpool Medical school, and Consultants are responsible for organising their teaching.
  • The post holder will regularly attend the Tuesday morning postgraduate programme (currently virtual) weekly SPA sessions. This is well attended by Consultants and is a lively meeting. It includes case conferences and journal presentations. One meeting per month is an audit programme with a prize twice a year for the best audit. Occasionally it includes mandatory training slots and guest speakers.
  • The Consultant Group has one lunchtime continuing professional development meeting each month. This involves presentations by invited speakers on topics agreed by the Consultant group, or discussions of clinical cases primarily intended for peer support.
  • There is a well resourced and expanding clinical effectiveness, research and resource library developed within the Trust. It has a dedicated space at Rathbone Hospital site where there is access to various databases both locally held and Internet based.
  • The consultant is expected to provide training where appropriate to wider perinatal MDT service, with trust and to external agencies.

Please see job description for further information

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych or MRCPsych equivalent
  • 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 under S12 OR able to achieve with 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 of General Adult Psychiatry and experience of Perinatal Psychiatry
  • 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 Constructively and to lead a multidisciplinary team
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit


  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Women's Hospital

Crown Street


L8 7SS

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