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Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

Job Details

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is seeking a motivated and committed Consultant to join an established team as a substantive Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist on a flexible basis, which could be full-time, part-time or job share to work as part of SMABS (Specialist Mother and Baby Mental Health Service), in a place where your team values you. This is a community perinatal mental health service covering the areas of Bradford, Airewarfe and Craven. We want someone who is a changemaker so come join us to help us reshape the future to work within a multi-disciplinary team based at Fieldhead Business Centre Bradford.

This new post follows the Trust securing funding to expand the Specialist Mother and Baby Mental Health Service (SMABS) to see 5% of the birth population in 2023/24. You will work alongside Dr Lian Chua (6PA) and an expanding, engaged, supportive and passionate multidisciplinary team.

Closing Date: 5th May 2024

Shortlisting Date: 13th May 2024

Interview Date: 30th May 2024

Main duties of the job

You will provide clinical medical input and leadership to ensure the delivery of safe, effective and caring high-quality specialist care. There is the expectation the you deliver direct patient care including new assessments for complex patients, medication and diagnostic assessment, lead CPA reviews and multi-agency meetings and pre-birth planning appointments, provide urgent reviews and lead discharge planning for complex patients. You will provide clinical leadership and consultation beyond the SMABS team, to support colleagues across different teams and disciplines where the complexities and challenges of perinatal mental health present. There is a SMABS duty worker each day who triages referrals and provides advice to professionals across a range of disciplines in maternity, primary care and secondary care including Single Point of Access, Intensive Home Treatment and First Response.

The team covers a wide geographical area. At present, with the current constraints on medical resource the ability to work flexibly across the district will be required. Efforts to make this practical, include working a mix of face to face and remote working using Teams. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the future development of the service and will be encouraged to develop a clinical network within the ICB footprint. The team has a senior leadership team consisting of the consultant/s, clinical lead and parent-infant therapist and team manager who meet on a weekly basis.

About us

We have a strong focus on your continued professional development, including special interests, whether that's a clinical educator, researcher or leader.We offer an award-winning consultant development programme - Psychiatric Educator of the Year (Deputy Medical Director) and ranked top in GMC NTS's survey for Yorkshire and Humber. Good links with the Universities of Leeds and Bradford and the British Medical Association further strengthens our training offer.

We want to be the 'best place to work' and your wellbeing is our priority, with a supportive and accessible senior leadership team, and access to a range of health and wellbeing support. Working with our Medical Council, you will be actively involved in shaping clinical leadership decisions.

From the buzzing city life of Bradford to the tranquil Yorkshire Dales, our location has something for everyone. The area offers a high standard of living at an affordable price, with good schools. Over 60 per cent of the Bradford district is rural and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven feature stunning landscapes, picturesque villages and iconic landmarks, including the Three Peaks. Bradford district is one of the most multicultural in Britain with over 100 languages. Its rich architectural heritage, includes the UNESCO world heritage site of Saltaire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Assessment of new referrals and attending their formulation meetings.
  • Medical review of patients as agreed in multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • Attending daily huddle meetings
  • Home visits when required.
  • Attending multidisciplinary case review meetings whenever they are arranged.
  • Attending weekly team meeting/leadership meetings.
  • Attending management and academic meetings: -
  • Once a month Medical Council.
  • Once a month- Community Consultants Meeting
  • Once in 3 months Peer Group Meeting.
  • Once a month Team Quality & Safety Meeting.
  • Advice to GPs/Liaison Teams/Hospitals (occasional hospital attendance may be required).
  • Preparing reports and attending mental health tribunals for patients on Community Treatment Orders.
  • Reviewing and preparing reports for patients subject to Sec 37/41 of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Participation in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching.
  • Participation in the training of other disciplines.
  • Providing educational supervision of trainees and other disciplines.
  • Participation in clinical audit and quality improvement activities.
  • Participation in service/team evaluation and the planning of future service developments.
  • To undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients.
  • To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively
  • To participate in annual appraisal for consultants.
  • To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval AC status, and to abide by professional codes of conduct.
  • To participate annually in a job plan review.
  • Visible leadership to ensure effective and proactive role model as part of our strategic framework.

If you are a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist wishing to transition to this Specialist Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrist post, should you be successful at interview, you will be supported to attend relevant courses, supervision and mentoring.

Applicants should have a higher qualification in psychiatry (Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent) and be included on or be eligible for inclusion on the GMCs Specialist Register. Specialty Registrars who are within 6 months of attainment of CCST at the time of interview are eligible to apply. The appointee will need to be both AC and S12 approved at the time of the interview, or be fully eligible for approval.

Please review the attached job description and person specification for further details about this role.

Person Specification



  • Certificate of Completion of Training in General Adult Psychiatry (ST6 trainees should be within six months of attainment at the time of the interview) or CESR equivalent. Inclusion on the Specialist Register or eligibility for inclusion Section 12 (2) MHA 1983 approval and Approved Clinician
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register or eligibility for inclusion
  • Section 12 (2) MHA 1983 approval and Approved Clinician


  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • MD, Other professional qualification (e.g. MSc)



  • Experience in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective
  • Experience to a level allowing recognition of trainer status by the Royal College of Psychiatrist
  • Experience in teaching undergraduates & postgraduates
  • Evidence of experience in medical audit and understanding of principles of clinical governance
  • Practical experience of Clinical Audit Able to use and appraise clinical evidence


  • Teaching/presentation experience (e.g. conference presentation, EBM, research experience).



  • Ability to exercise effective leadership in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understanding of importance of multi-disciplinary service provision and the care programme approach
  • Understanding of and ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users to promote recovery.
  • Sensitivity to needs of different ethnic and minority groups
  • Awareness of gender issues in the service provision
  • Highly effective communication skills.
  • Participate in Continuous Professional Development

Knowledge and Skills


  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users and their families/carers.
  • Ability to supervise junior staff
  • Awareness of the funding arrangements in the NHS and recent NHS developments
  • Ability to interpret published research and to apply research findings to clinical practice


  • Experience of involvement in service development and/or reconfiguration
  • Practical experience of research
  • Sympathetic to the Trust's mission

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Fieldhead Buisiness Centre



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