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Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

Job Details

This is a new substantive 10 PA Consultant Liaison Psychiatry post. It is funded by UHBW in recognition of the service demands on the department of Liaison Psychiatry. It is embedded in a longstanding Liaison Psychiatry team, which itself is funded by both UHBW and Avon and Wiltshire Mental health Partnership trust, the local mental health trust. The service supports patients under the care of UHBW services, which includes those residing within Bristol as well as further afield, accessing tertiary care services within UHBW. The hospital itself is located in an area of relative social deprivation with considerable drug and alcohol-related difficulties in the local population. The hospital does not have psychiatric inpatient provision, which is delivered by local mental health services.

Main duties of the job

Direct interventions to service users at a level of intensity according to need including those service users who require an assertive approach who are difficult to engage. This will include on-going assessment, diagnoses (including review and clarification) and treatment of mental and physical health needs.

Advice to clinical staff in the Liaison Team.

Attendance at the allocation meeting on working days.

Lead for the Adult Liaison Team ward round.

Attendance at Senior Management team meetings weekly.

To liaise with other parts of the service and GPs and non NHS organisations wherever applicable.

To liaise with the Intensive and Inpatient services as appropriate to facilitate the smooth handover of clients between services.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details of this position

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Full and specialist registration in either AIM or GIM with the General Medical Council (GMC) or
  • Eligible for specialist registration within six months of interview
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


  • Higher academic qualification e.g. MD, PhD or equivalent
  • Endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry



  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in General Adult Liaison Psychiatry
  • Able to take responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision


  • Evidence of a special interest and expertise that complements those of other consultants in the department and is consistent with the Trust's service strategy

Clinical Knowledge and Skills


  • Up to date knowledge and experience of Liaison Psychiatry
  • Knowledge of NHS priorities with reference to specialty
  • Ability to assess and treat psychiatric problems in Adults of working age and to deal with crisis situations.
  • Ability to work with a range of other specialties and disciplines to deliver patient care
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in an acute hospital setting.
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD.
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.


  • Broad range of IT skills
  • Knowledge of alternatives to inpatient admission care approaches.
  • Excellent knowledge of diverse range of interventions.

Clinical Governance and Audit


  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies.
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation
  • Positive approach to evidence based practice.
  • Participation in continuing professional development (CPD) scheme and, where relevant, evidence of participation



  • Knowledge of the principles involved in research.
  • Evidence of involvement in research.
  • Evidence of peer review research papers


  • Ability to increase the academic profile of the department.

Teaching and Training


  • Experience of teaching medical students
  • Experience of supervising trainees
  • Knowledge of teaching to a multidisciplinary team.


  • Formal teaching qualification

Management & Leadership


  • Evidence of management training and evidence of learning from it
  • Ability to organise efficient and smooth running of a specialist service
  • Ability to cope with and effectively organise the workload of a consultant
  • Ability to practice independently as a consultant
  • Ability to take on responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with setbacks


  • Demonstration of knowledge of NHS management structures
  • Management experience

Interpersonal, communication and team working skills


  • Interpersonal, communication and team working skills
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English.
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using a variety of methods, and to respond to questions and queries
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-professional basis with all levels of staff both within and across divisions
  • Ability to be a flexible team member

Any other Personal Abilities and Aptitudes


  • Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances
  • Awareness of personal limitations
  • Demonstrates the 4 Trust values
  • Meets professional health requirements
  • Willingness to travel to and work in other sites necessitated by the role.


  • Ability to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary



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