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Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry (Harness CMHT)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
19 Mar 2024
CNWL is looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Consultant for the Harness Community Team, who is both innovative and most essentially able to work collaboratively with the team.

This is a full-time replacement post working within the Harness Locality Community Mental Health Team, and will be excellent for anyone wanting to broaden their experience of community psychiatry and develop their clinical skills in a supportive and challenging environment. The team is well established with good support from senior clinical and managerial colleagues.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have consultant and RC responsibility for a defined caseload of service users under the care of the Harness Locality Community Mental Health Team. The post holder will also provide mentoring and supervision as an experienced consultant

The Harness Community Mental Health team is a multi-disciplinary team that provides health and social care under CPA for service users living in independent or semi-supported accommodation in Brent who have severe and enduring mental illness as well as high degrees of co-morbidity and need. The team accepts referrals from the GPs, in-patient service, early intervention service, forensic services and CAMHS.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) is one of the largest trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs. We have approximately 7,000 staff that provide healthcare to a third of London's population and across wider geographical areas, including Milton Keynes, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire.

Brent Adult Mental Health Service provides a range of services for adults within community and hospital settings. Our community services have recently transformed to improve the quality of care received by people with mental health needs in their local community in line with the NHS Long Term Plan, towards provision of more integrated, personalised and place-based care.

There are three Community Hubs aligned with the three Primary Care Networks: Kilburn, Harness and Kingsbury & Willesden. Working in this way allows each hub to have a core structure and function whilst but also be tailored in terms of staffing and provision of services to meet the needs of the local population.

Harness Locality Community Mental Health Service is located at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health, Central Way, London NW10 7NS.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principle clinical duties:
  • Assessment of new patients and clinical supervision of assessments carried out by other team members.
  • Full participation in the multidisciplinary team providing care in the
  • Senior medical responsibility for the care carried out by the Community Mental Health Team for both CPA and LPC patients.
  • Review and monitoring of the caseload to ensure appropriate care packages are put in place and discharges facilitated to maintain patient flow.
  • Contribution to the continuous development of the Community Mental Health Team, and to other parts of the Service as required.
  • Domiciliary visits to provide assessment and treatment services as a member of the CMHT
  • Domiciliary assessments in response to emergencies
  • Research, in terms of personal projects and clinical audits as part of clinical
  • Involvement in joint planning of future service
  • Occasional psychiatric assessments of residents who may be in crisis in another
  • Close liaison with the wards to facilitate admission and discharge
  • Liaison with HTT, Psychiatric Liaison Services, AMHP services and Forensic Services in the borough.

  • Teaching and training:
  • There is one GP trainee and one part time specialty doctor in the Harness
  • An active role in the postgraduate teaching programme, which consists of a local academic meeting on Wednesday lunchtime. This meeting includes a Journal Club and case This takes place at the inpatient site Park Royal Centre for Mental Health.
  • Teaching/training of medical students who regularly attend CMHT as part of their psychiatry experience, from Imperial school of Support is also given to work experience students where applicable.
  • Appropriately trained consultants would be encouraged to take up the role of Educational Supervisors for core and higher trainees from the St Marys training scheme in Psychiatry. Candidates willing to take up this role will be supported to access relevant training and this will be included in Job Planning.
  • Training and teaching of wider MDT staff with the community teams and other teams in the borough.

  • General duties:
  • To manage, appraise and provide professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed between consultant colleagues and the medical director and in accordance with the Trusts personnel, policies and procedures.
  • To ensure that junior medical staff working with the post holder, operate within the parameters of the New Deal and are Working Time Directive compliant.
  • To undertake administrative duties associated with the care of
  • To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively, and submit this promptly through the trusts clinical information systems.
  • To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.
  • To participate in annual appraisal for
  • To attend and participate in the academic program of the Trust, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD program.
  • To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval, and to abide by professional codes of conduct.
  • To participate annually, as a minimum, in a job plan review with the clinical manager, which will include consultation with a relevant manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with modernization.
  • To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services, and share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to
  • To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the medical director and other managers in preparing plans for services

  • Person Specification



    • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


    • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
    • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
    • Additional clinical qualifications



    • 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



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

    Clinical skills, Knowledge and Experience


    • Excellent knowledge in specialty
    • 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

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    Park Royal Centre for Mental Health

    Central Way (off Acton Lane)


    NW10 7NS

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