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Consultant Psychiatrist in Community Forensic Psychiatry

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year PA plus generous relocation package (T&Cs apply)
Closing date
4 Jan 2024

Would you like to be part of leading health and wellbeing service in the provision of mental health and community care? Why not join Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust for the opportunity to flourish and excel in your career and be part of our dedicated medical team.

EPUT is seeking an enthusiastic Consultant Psychiatrist in Speciality Community Forensic (SCFT) to join the team based at Health Close, Billericay.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide cover for SCFT which covers the population across Southend-on-Sea in Essex and Thurrock. In addition to community work, the post involves assessments and liaison at the request of the general adult services, the Criminal Justice Service or assessments as a forensic gatekeeper for the East of England Specialist Commissioners. The community team holds a caseload of approximately 70 patients and has a through put of around 5-10 discharges on to the local Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT's) in any one year and the job is likely to include a similar number of gatekeeping assessments to be done by the post holder with some sensible flexibility.

Essex has something for everyone, amazing scenery, great schools, adventurous outdoor activities, fantastic restaurants and a colourful history so why not contact us to discover why so many of our staff love living and working here.

You must have full GMC registration and be on the Specialist Register, with Forensic Psychiatry CCT or equivalent or be within six months of obtaining your CCT on the date of the AAC.

About us

The trust is actively supportive of newly qualified consultants continuing professional development seeking to deepen and broaden their skills. As well as making a clinical difference, we believe that your development is key so you will be supported to enable you to pursue educational and research interests which go hand in hand to provide a high quality of care and safety to our patients. We have excellent links with the medical school at ARU and other educational establishments where we have shared appointments in teaching and research. We also offer generous relocation package.

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The SCFT supports patients who suffer from enduring and severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder, which in some cases is resistant to treatment. There is strong emphasis on treatment in line with the recovery model.
  • The post holder will provide Responsible Clinician cover for all patients in the community under the care of the SCFT, provide clinical leaderships to the MDT. Cover arrangements are with other Consultants based at Brockfield House who will cover all patients under the post holders care.
  • The post holder will be Section 12 Approved and is expected to prepare reports and attend Managers Hearings and Tribunals for the patients under their care. Some of the patients are on hospital orders, with or without a restriction order, therefore clear and regular communication with the Ministry of Justice will be part of the clinical duties. In addition, attendance of the weekly referrals meeting when new referrals and progress of existing referrals and assessments is discussed, is mandatory.
  • Active participation in the clinical governance process in the Trust as well as any meetings concerning the development of the Secure Service within EPUT including Brockfield House and in the community. The post holder will be expected to liaise closely with all disciplines in the MDT including forensic social worker, forensic psychologist, occupational therapist etc. The post holder will be expected to maintain productive and collaborative relationships with external agencies such as general adult psychiatrists, forensic psychiatrists from the Medium and Low Secure Service, Criminal Justice Teams etc. and be responsive to the needs of these services.
  • The post holder will be expected to attend two monthly PDP meetings and contribute to the meeting through occasional presentations.
  • There will be the need to liaise with commissioners and the regional Provider Collaborative with regard to gatekeeping assessments and liaison at regular referrals and bed management meetings.
  • The post holder will be expected to undertake any other duties as delegated by the persons director or chief executive commensurate with the responsibilities of the post.

Person Specification



  • Registration with the General Medical Council and on the Specialist Register.
  • CCT, CESR or within 6 months of expected CCT date at date of interview
  • Meets Royal College of Psychiatrists criteria for appointment to the post of Consultant


  • Postgraduate degree in psychiatry MRC Psych or equivalent



  • Forensic Psychiatry



  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in a multi-disciplinary team setting



  • Basic specialist training and 3 years higher or equivalent professional training



  • Experience of clinical research methods with published research
  • Experience in organising educational activities

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Heath Close


CM12 9NW

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