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Speciality Doctor in Perinatal Mental Health (K&C)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Feb 2024
We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Specialty/SAS/Trainee psychiatric doctor looking for a Permanent Speciality Doctor role, looking to work and gain experience in perinatal psychiatry. We welcome applicants that with or without experience in perinatal psychiatry, as training and supervision will be provided. This job will provide the opportunity to develop and improve knowledge and skills working with woman with mental health problems and families in the perinatal period.

The K& C perinatal mental health team is a very pleasant and nice place to work, with great interpersonal relationship between all team members, and we get great feedback from all that have trained in our service and worked as part of the MDT. This is a great opportunity to gain experience, skills and training in perinatal psychiatry, with internal and external trainings on perinatal and infant mental health regularly delivered within the service.

We welcome international candidates that can provide evidence of training and experience working in psychiatry at a senior trainee, associate specialist or consultant level that want to relocate to the UK and that can obtain GMC medical registration with a licence to practice.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will be highly motivated, energetic and passionate about delivering high quality care to patients with acute and chronic psychiatric conditions that increase their risks of relapse in perinatal period, ensuring that assessment and interventions are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way.

The post-holders will be part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialist perinatal mental health nurses, trainee psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and psychotherapist and parent-infant psychotherapist, social worker, occupational therapist, nursery nurse and support worker. We have full administrative support.

About us

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) comprises specialist multidisciplinary perinatal mental health teams one for each of the five boroughs served by the trust (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) enabling the delivery of evidence based perinatal mental health care through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and the voluntary sector.

You will join a team that delivers specialist community perinatal mental health (PMHT) care, which integrate maternity services, community and primary care health services and social care. We respond rapidly to presentations within the perinatal period, with screening, diagnosing and treating mental illness and associated risks to both mothers and unborn/infants within the perinatal period as well as offering pre-conception advice. We focus on prevention and early detection of mental illness as per NICE guidelines and RCPsych PQN guidance, based in the community and maternity wards when required.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The duties of the post include: Outpatient clinical psychiatric assessments and reviews of patients experiencing mental health problems or at risks of relapse, during the perinatal period that reside in the RBKC. The post-holder will work with a medical team consisting of a Consultant Psychiatrist, which will provide supervision and training as required.

The post-holder will occasionally contribute to the supervision of the trainees/medical students, clinical case discussion in MDT meetings and support for other non-medical MDT members and is expected to contribute and write perinatal care plans, safeguarding reports for social care and attend pre-birth planning meetings, review mental health of a patient before discharge from maternity or attended MBU (mother and baby unit) CPA and discharge meetings and children and families safeguarding meetings. Training and supervision will be offered for those less familiar with the above, but good training and experience in perinatal is important as the cases can be complex, but very interesting and care is provided always in a multidisciplinary team approach, never alone.

To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team and to provide expertise in risks and psycho-pharmacology (training also provided in this specific area if required) within the department and to the maternity service, whilst upholding professional standards at all times. Make referrals to other professionals as required within the MDT as well as and including children or adult safeguarding or other mental health services.

Person Specification



  • Medical degree
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Psychiatric training/work experience


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • Relevant higher degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Perinatal psychiatric training and/or experience



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 1 months of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

Clinical Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in acute and community psychiatric settings
  • Evidence of interest in Perinatal and Women's Mental Health
  • Section 12 approved
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (spoken and written)
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills required to function as a doctor
  • IT skills relevant to working in a modern NHS environment
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and management
  • Ability to engage and work effectively with obstetric and paediatric and health visiting colleagues as well as colleagues within Primary Care and Mental Health Services
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA


  • Knowledge and or training of recent developments and drug advances in perinatal psychiatry
  • Knowledge and or training regarding Perinatal mental illness, risks associated and key issues associated with the perinatal period
  • Understanding and or experience working within the legal safeguarding framework for adults and children
  • Experience in leading a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in Perinatal Mental Health Services And/or Liaison Psychiatry
  • Other relevant experience (e.g. specific psychological therapies)
  • Knowledge and or experience working with medical services, social care and the volunteer sector
  • Knowledge of risks assessment in children and work with children and family social care
  • Awareness of current issues in developing and managing Perinatal Mental Health Services Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others

Acadamic Skills and Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participating in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation/development


  • 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.
  • Understanding of the principles of teaching clinicians in professions allied to perinatal psychiatry (e.g. midwives, obstetricians, health visitors, social workers
  • Teaching qualification (e.g. Certificate or Diploma)

Attitude and Personal Qualities


  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Able to manage crisis
  • Able to work as a active member of the MDT
  • The post holder should be dynamic, and have a clear ability to become a leader and to work across teams and agencies
  • Genuine commitment to improving the lives of women with mental illness in the perinatal period
  • Capacity to manage cultural diversity in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to effectively deal with pressure
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively
  • Reliability and honesty
  • Flexible approach to working practice
  • Positive approach to job planning and appraisal processes


  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Has led clinical audits/QIP leading to service change
  • High level of commitment to developing Perinatal Mental Health Services
  • Commitment to developing self as a leader of transformational improvement to Perinatal Mental Health Services



  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre

1 Nightingale Place


SW10 9NG

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