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Consultant Psychiatrist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
Park Lodge Community Mental Health Team covers the Liverpool 6 area, a more central area of the City that includes amongst its population areas of high mini scores reflecting higher levels of deprivation. The service at Park Lodge has however for many years successfully delivered flexible, service user focused care.

Park Lodge serves a population of approximately 71,079 adults aged 16-64 (202,575 weighted). It has in-patient numbers averaging approximately 15 at any one time, with a total community caseload of approximately 1000.

The patch is covered by 2.6 consultant led community teams comprising the full range/complement of multi-professional staff including recent additional psychological resource. Medical, MDT staff, team admin, and secretarial staff are all situated within the same building.

The post holder will carry no responsibility for inpatients.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be expected to manage a total caseload at present of approx. 370 patients. More complex service users subject to the Care Program Approach (CPA), working alongside care coordinators from the Community Mental Health Team. The remainder of the caseload (i.e.: non-CPA) are less complex service users.

Average numbers of CTO patients is 10.

Junior doctor resource is currently one ST trainee shared with another Consultant. The Post Holder will be supported to develop Educational and Clinical Supervisor Responsibilities for the junior trainee. There is also a hub manager Mr Brian McAdam; CMHT Manager Nicola Woods.

The previous post-holder had a close working relationship with the nine GP practices that work with this CMHT. This would involve meeting with GPs to discuss their patients on either a 6, 12 or 24 weekly basis depending on caseload. This helped to provide fast, effective care for patients, to prevent unnecessary referrals and to discuss discharges

About us

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health,learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool,Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the WestMidlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world's leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care's vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Job description Job responsibilities

Consultant psychiatrist responsibility for their CMHT 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 treatment for patients.

Supporting staff to manage psychiatric emergencies

To conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews, CPA reviews 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 to 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.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent
Eligibility Essential
  • 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 Essential
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty of General Adult 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
  • Ability to work constructively in and to lead a multidisciplinary team
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning Essential
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • 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

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