We are looking for an enthusiastic full time locum appointment for service to work on Ganges ward, at St Charles Hospital in Kensington & Chelsea. This is offered as a 6-month fixed -term post.
As a LAS doctor, you will provide medical support to the medical team, functioning as an active member of the multi-disciplinary team. You will have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to build effective relationships with service users, colleagues and other professionals.
Ganges ward provides treatment and management of acutely unwell patients with an average length of stay between 4-6 weeks. The ward has effective and well-resourced team embracing multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will work with the Specialist Registrar, Core Trainee and trainee ACP to provide care for all inpatients under the supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist. The post holder will work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. This will include providing support and advice to team members and referring services. This post is part of a fully integrated multi- disciplinary team as well as support and administrative services.
This post offers an opportunity to develop knowledge, experience and competency in the specialist assessment and management of inpatients with mental disorder across the full spectrum of severity and complex comorbidity. The post provides excellent opportunities to develop leadership and management skills. There is a strong multidisciplinary focus to work within the service.
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) specialises in caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs.
Over the last few years our catchment area has grown significantly, making the Trust's population more diverse than ever. The area spans the communities of London, Milton Keynes and wider geographical areas of Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. There are areas of great affluence as well as deprivation, and there are over 100 first-languages spoken in these communities.
Kensington and Chelsea is an inner London area with a mixed, diverse population with some of the most wealthy and most deprived areas of London. There is a high mental health morbidity and the local CCG is committed to a high spend on mental health services.
Kensington and Chelsea (K+C) adult mental health service provides a range of mental health services for adults across the age range within the community and in hospital settings. These are integrated health and social care services.
Job description Job responsibilities Detailed clerking, history taking and initiation of all necessary investigations and assessments for patients. Establishing, initiating and evaluating treatment plans and risk assessments in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and under the supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist. The post holder will complete full risk assessments of all in-patients in conjunction with the MDT. Medical and psychiatric management for patients. Interviewing relatives and informal carers of patients as required. Undertaking the relevant referrals to other disciplines and services both within the multi-disciplinary team as well as to services and resources external to the service. Observation of Trust and local policies and procedures; including those related to medicines management and physical healthcare. Observation of medical guidelines, prescription and drug administration and paramedical guidelines issued to the postholder. Completion of admission and discharge notifications for inpatients. The post-holder will liaise with all external agencies as required. To contribute to clinical outcome evaluation within the service Provide cover for psychiatry colleagues within the service.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- MBBS (or equivalent overseas)
- Full GMC Registration
- GMC Licence to Practise
- Foundation year training completed or its equivalent
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE Essential
- Able to communicate clearly both in written and spoken English
- Demonstrates sound knowledge and skill base with the ability to prioritise clinical need
- Demonstrates ability of basic skills i.e. history taking, examination (mental & physical) and the utilisation of external sources of information in order to develop care and treatment plans to meet patient needs
- Capacity to utilise a range of approaches to solving problems and making decisions
- Able to work cooperatively as part of a team and build and maintain successful working relationships with staff in a variety of different roles.
- Ability to recognise and manage own stress utilising the resources available
- Able to work in an efficient, systematic and flexible manner
- Able to deal with difficult situations and to address them in a responsible and professional manner. Understanding of the complex nature of patient confidentiality
- Able to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person
- Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
- Sickness or attendance record that is acceptable to the Trust, to be checked at interview
- Declared medically fit by Occupational Health Department to perform the duties of the post
- The post holder must have the ability to understand and implement Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job
- Must be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service
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