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Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist - Bedford PCN

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
14 Mar 2024
We are seeking to appoint a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult psychiatry. This is a hugely exciting time for the Trust having recently achieved anOUTSTANDINGCQC RATING and being the first Community and Mental Health Trust to achieve this rating for a third time.

We are driven by our values. If you believe in Respect, Care and being Inclusive then you'll be right at home working with us.

This is an established post into the Bedfordshire Community Mental Health Team Structure. The post will complement the current structure of consultant and trainee psychiatrists within the community mental health team covering Bedford.

The post holder will support the multidisciplinary team in the diagnosis and management of patients. The post-holder will work with an MDT including pharmacy, psychology, social work, voluntary care sector collleagues, CPN colleagues, and trainees. The Bedford community mental health team covers a borough population of approximately 103,000.

Main duties of the job

You must ensure the relevant professional registration is maintained, includingSection 12,Approved Clinician (AC), and Responsible Clinician status, however support will be provided where necessary.
  • Provide consultant leadership to the PCN CMH team.
  • Provide comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and management of issues relating to mental and physical health for adults with acute and severe mental illness in the community (over 18 years) so that intensive and timely treatment can be delivered to prevent chronicity and dependency on psychiatric services.
  • Attend and be the clinical leader of weekly MDT meetings, supported by the team operational lead.
  • Provide clinical advice and guidance to primary care physicians to manage patients in the least restrictive environment
  • Undertake all work in the context of the recovery approach which is emphasised across the Trust, placing the service user at the centre of planning and decision making.
  • Fulfil Responsibilities as a Psychiatrist approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983, where relevant.
  • The service has a KPI targets and a requirement to meet them. The post holder will work with the Team manager to ensure the targets are met.
  • Provide support and training to other health care professionals and support service users through the care pathway as require
  • Lead on the delivery of high quality care in all settings and be mindful of quality targets set by the Trust and those set nationally

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

The Trust could support you with offering up to �10,000 for removal/relocation and associated expenses.


Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification



  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • Eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register (or Specialist Registrar within 6 months of gaining CCT at time of interview).
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
  • Eligible for Section 12 Approval (Mental Health Act)/ Approved Clinician or willing to apply for such approval once in post.


  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of clinical work in Acute Adult Psychiatry at SpR, SASG or consultant level within the last 3 years
  • Excellent working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act
  • Appreciation and understanding of ethnic minority issues and a commitment to developing culturally sensitive practices
  • Understanding of social factors relevant to psychiatry
  • Robust experience of working with severe and enduring mental illness and risk assessment, management


  • Experience of service development and introducing new services in mental health
  • Experience of working at consultant level in a community environment.

Organisational Skills/Abilities


  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a part of multidisciplinary, multi-model team
  • Ability to manage complex workloads and support others to do that
  • Consultation skills to services, teams and individuals
  • Commitment to working in multidisciplinary setting
  • Commitment to working with service users on service development


  • Formal leadership and management training
  • Experience of team /service leadership
  • Experience of organisational development work
  • Project management ability

Clinical Skills and Supervision


  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating and innovative
  • Expertise in risk assessment
  • Confident in therapeutic risk taking
  • Commitment to clinical governance


  • Experience in supervising trainee doctors and SAS doctors



  • Experience in teaching junior staff
  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Experience of teaching medical undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Experience of teaching non-medical mental health professionals


  • Medical education qualification

Research and Audit


  • Experience of research work, especially in general hospital patients and / or patients with medically unexplained symptoms
  • Audit experience


  • Experience of grant-funded project work
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals in relevant academic fields

Other Requirements


  • UK driving licence


  • Car owner

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Bedford CMHT

3 Kimbolton Rd


MK40 2NT

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