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Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year pa
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

Job Details

Consultant Psychiatrist in Perinatal Psychiatry

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. We are delighted to advertise for a 10 PA Consultant Psychiatry Post in Perinatal Psychiatry to work as part of the award-winning Northamptonshire Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service. This is a new post due to a successful uplift in funding as part of the Long Term Plan ambitions for Perinatal Mental Health. The role can be based at Campbell House Northampton or at alternative venues within the county. We are pleased to offer the opportunity to utilise a hybrid approach to working including both video and face to face working subject to local agreement. The service delivers a county wide provision across the county of Northamptonshire.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide medical leadership alongside the existing Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrists and will undertake specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment of women in the perinatal period including preconception and up to a year postnatal with follow up to 2 years where there is an identified perinatal need. Other duties will include:
  • To provide specialist advice to GPs, Consultant Obstetricians and Adult Mental Health clinicians on the use of Psychotropic medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • To provide specialist input into risk assessment, care planning, and crisis planning for women with a pre-existing mental health need, new onset severe mental health condition or who have been identified as being at risk postpartum
  • To undertake urgent assessments of women who have symptoms of Post-partum psychosis
  • Provide clinical input into the development of policies, procedures and clinical guidelines, to support the service and the wider perinatal mental health pathway
  • Provide a leadership role to the local health community, raising awareness, knowledge and skills through training, information and provision of up to date evidence based guidance and advice.

The post holder will demonstrate a commitment to clinical excellence and an ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. The ability to travel to all locations within the Trust is essential.

About us

We have developed an exciting induction programme to meet the Perinatal Competency Framework and provide regular supervision and training for all our staff. There will be opportunities for further training via local and regional delivered training programmes. We have strong links with the East Midlands Regional Perinatal Network. The post holder will also be expected to contribute to the development of a locally agreed programme that delivers training to health and social care professionals in Northamptonshire.

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service has quickly adapted to new ways of working throughout Covid-19 including the use of remote consultations for both direct clinical work, supervision and Multi Disciplinary Team meetings.

There are many opportunities to be involved in clinical research and you will have access to the Trust research fellows to help develop research ideas. The Trust already has a portfolio of research studies in Old Age Dementia and Physical Health.

The trust is leading nationally on physical treatments in mental health, nurse administered ECT, rTMS and ketamine infusion. We also have research collaboration with the Open University along with Nottingham, Oxford and Northampton University.

The Trust hosts Undergraduates from Leicester Medical schools with numerous opportunities to teach this cohort.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Northamptonshire is a county with varied countryside and numerous small villages as well as a range of good housing, excellent rail and road connections to London and elsewhere and good schools making it an attractive place for family living.

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification

Behaviours and Values


  • oIn good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
  • oDemonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • oAbility to work independently as well as part of A MDT
  • oAble to form a good working relationship with the peer group
  • oWillingness to undertake training and CPD in areas appropriate to this post
  • oAbility to work under pressure
  • oWillingness to participate in in-house training

Knowledge and Experience


  • oMRCPsych
  • oFull GMC Registration
  • On specialist Register/CCT in General Adult psychiatry or eligible for Inclusion within six months
  • Approval under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act


  • oAdditional Postgraduate Qualifications
  • oPublication of original research
  • Experience in Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Management Training

Skills and Abilities


  • oExcellent written and verbal communication skills
  • oEvidence of the ability to communicate with patients, colleagues and staff at all levels.
  • oAbility to present complex information to a variety of audiences including courts and tribunals
  • oAbility to motivate and develop junior Medical Staff and other MDT members
  • oTo balance individual requirements against those of the Directorate and Trust as a whole
  • oAn understanding of the political and financial framework within which the Services operate
  • oAble to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • oPost holder will need to take initiative and work in a self-directed manner.


  • oWide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • oAble to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • oExperienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Campbell House

Campbell Square



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