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Consultant Psychiatrist Older people (Beech ward)

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£84,559 - £114,003
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Consultant Psychiatrist Older people (Beech ward)
Full-time but part-time/job-share applicants welcome

Welcome to Devon Partnership Trust! We would like to invite you to apply for the Consultant Psychiatrist post in Old Age Psychiatry at our award winning Inpatient Unit.

Beech ward is a 16 bedded inpatient ward for functionally ill older people. Beech ward is located at Torbay Hospital, Torquay. The expansive rural nature of Devon means that inpatient resources are often some distance from patients' homes. There are units for functionally ill older people in all three main population centres - Torbay (Beech Unit), Exeter (Rougemont) and Barnstaple (Meadow View). Older people who need admission for organic problems are admitted to Belvedere Unit in Exeter.

The Beech Unit team has always sought ways of delivering more person centred care and in 2011 we abolished conventional ward rounds and piloted, then adopted, “Planning My Recovery Meetings” (PMR meeting). Each patient on the ward has their own PMR meeting weekly with the consultant and key members of the Unit team. The Beech Team have a supportive ethos and are keen to hear from patients who use the service how we can improve our service. As a team we have developed our own team Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) which is on display for all patients and visitors to see.

There will be junior doctor support on the ward for the post holder. The post will be supported by dedicated admin and there will be private office space available. For full details about this post, please refer to the Job description.

Patient safety and Quality Improvement are key aspects of the role and training will be provided if required. Programmed Activities are negotiable for research, teaching, medical management and other special interests.

You will take part in on-call rota and other consultants from the area will be expected to provide cross-cover for leave.

You will be well supported by a dedicated full-time medical staffing department.

This post is suitable as a first NHS consultant, an existing or post-retirement consultant with a broad level of general adult psychiatric expertise. International candidates are welcome to apply. Experience of working in adult community mental health services is preferable but support will be given to doctors wishing to move from other psychiatric specialties or roles.

Approved Clinician status at appointment is preferable but those who would be eligible eg doctors applying from abroad, will be supported to obtain this authority.

We have excellent IT and full electronic record across our services and are in the process of a clinician-led design of our own clinical record system.

A mentor and peer group will be provided. You will have 2.5 Supporting Programmed Activities (10 hours a week) to support your professional development, attend your monthly peer group, quarterly medical advisory committee and local post-graduate meetings.
Why Devon Partnership Trust?
We are an expanding organisation providing a full range of mental health and learning disability services for a population of over a million people, as well as a range of specialist and secure services for the wider region and nationally.

We have a very strong, active and broad medical leadership with three practicing medics on the Trust Board and medical Clinical Directors leading the delivery of our services. We have several national medical leaders working in key roles in NHS England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

We are rated as Good by the CQC, have been in financial balance for the last 10 years with a rapidly growing budget and have good national and local service performance.

Devon is a dynamic, friendly and welcoming county with excellent schools (three grammar schools within Torbay), housing and travel links to the rest of the country. Living in Devon offers you a fantastic quality of life and a beautiful place to live and work– even your commute to work can lead you alongside the coast or over the moors. Throughout the county there are exceptional schools and you’ll never be short of activities to fill your evenings and weekends – from walking cycling and water sports to city shopping trips, theatre, bustling nightlife and great restaurants. Quaint market and seaside towns are dotted across the county. Our communities are active, supportive and friendly. London is just a three hour train journey away, and Exeter airport offers flights to destinations nationally and across Europe.

If you are interested in working with us or want additional information, we are keen to speak to or meet you informally. We are very happy to arrange a visit for you to meet key people in the clinical team and Trust. Please do not hesitate to contact the medical staffing team on 01392 208505.

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