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Consultant Psychiatrist, East Assessment & Treatment Service

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year pa
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist to join the East Assessment and Treatment Service (ATS) in Brighton & Hove. You will be joining a mutually supportive, friendly and enthusiastic team with a real passion for what we do.

Brighton and Hove Community services are split in to two main teams, East and West ATS, each one further subdivided in to 3 smaller clusters. Each cluster has a geographical patch determined by alignment to a small number of GP surgeries, this helps facilitate good liaison with our Primary Care colleagues. This post will be in Park Crescent Cluster. We are also fortunate to have a large array of third sector organisations in Brighton and Hove whom we have developed strong links with.

We are a teaching Trust with strong links with Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). Every cluster has a trainee, including F2, GP trainees, core or higher trainees. We also provide training for medical students and Physician Associate students from BSMS.

Main duties of the job

We are a large multi-disciplinary community mental health team, which provides specialist assessments and treatment to patients presenting with a range of complex and unstable mental health and social needs.

As a consultant psychiatrist in our team, your main duties will be to:
  • Provide specialist medical /psychiatric assessment and evidence-based treatment to patients referred to the service.
  • Provide clinical supervision to the HST and informal advice and supervision to non-medical members of the team
  • Fulfil the duties of Responsible Clinician for patient's subject to Community Treatment Orders including attendance at Mangers Hearings and Tribunals.
  • Mental Health Act assessments for patients on the team caseload
  • Liaison with inpatient Responsible Clinicians
  • Liaison with the forensic team/drug and alcohol services and risk panel as required

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Brighton & Hove is a unique, vibrant and exciting place to live and work, offering a lively city life with the opportunity to get away from it all to the South Downs National park just on the doorstep. The city offers excellent access to London and is in close proximity toGatwick Airport. Brighton is proud to be a diverse and inclusive city, and this is reflected in the staff mix employed by SPFT, and by the ethos of the Trust.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will work as part of the wider MDT and demonstrate:
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • A wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • The ability to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • The ability to work in aparticipatory way so that shared decision making and conversations around formulation/ diagnosis and ongoing care are a collaborative endeavour with the people who access our service.

Please see the Job description/ person specification for more details about this post and the organisation.

Wed love you to join our Trust, rated good overall and outstanding for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key survey results:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

Clinical skills & Knowledge


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Community Mental Health Centre

Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove



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