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Consultant Psychiatrist (Perinatal)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 pro rata per annum plus London Zone Allowance
Closing date
4 May 2024
We have an exciting opportunity for an additional consultant psychiatrist to work 8PAs in Richmond, as part of the Kingston and Richmond perinatal sub team, to develop further the perinatal service in this borough and liaison with West Middlesex Hospital maternity. There is a well-established multidisciplinary team across the Trust, who work collaboratively with other mental health services, maternity service and the health visiting teams. There are existing networks withing South West London, and we are part of the new South London Perinatal Provider Collaborative with OXLEAS and SLaM Mental Health Trusts.

Our team is driven by delivering excellent clinical care, with a number of ongoing quality improvement projects and many service development opportunities, within our Trust, but also across the South London Perinatal Provider Collaborative.

The Perinatal Team was accredited by the Perinatal Quality Standards Network, Royal College of Psychiatrist, in 2023, and we have been recognised for having an excellent record in retention and recruitment, alongside good and positive feedback in the annual staff survey.

In addition, there are a number of teaching and training opportunities within the organisation, but also at St George's Medical School.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a Consultant Psychiatrist to join the Service Line, in our Perinatal Community Team.

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including high secure services, at Springfield Hospital.

We are a dynamic, financially stable mental health trust which has consistently been rated 'good' by the CQC both overall and specifically for our acute & urgent care services. We are several years into a Trust Wide quality improvement programme involving all clinicians, which is already delivering results. We have invested in further improvements to our acute and urgent care services, including one of the UK's first mental health A& Es (now evolving into a mobile service), as well as Recovery Cafes and a Psychiatric Decision Unit.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Medical leadership, working in the multi-disciplinary team and working closely with, and providing cross-cover to other Consultant Psychiatrists and occasionally the Associate Clinical Director within the Acute and Urgent Care Service Line.
  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, initiation of medication, and the recovery focused care delivered by the ward team
  • To fulfil the responsibilities as Responsible Clinician (RC) under the Mental Health Act for patients under their care
  • Availability within normal working hours 5 days a week for urgent review and management of ward patients
  • Management of complex cases
  • Allocation of resources, in collaboration with the ward manager, to service users and carers.
  • Ensuring the delivery of effective, efficient and safe, recovery focused mental health care
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working with social care, statutory and voluntary and third sector partners as appropriate

Person Specification



  • Primary Medical degree
  • Full GMC registration.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register for General Adult Psychiatry or eligible for such inclusion on the Specialist Registrar within three months of completing their CCT.
  • Section 12 & Approved Clinician status under the Mental Health Act, or willing to apply for such approval once in post.


  • CCT in General Adult Psychiatry, or sub-specialty CCT in Liaison Psychiatry and significant experience of General Adult psychiatry at a senior level.
  • Experience of working in liaison psychiatry at Consultant/Higher Specialist trainee for at least a year
  • Other higher degrees or further training relevant to the post.

KNOWLEDGE: & EXPERIENCE: Critical Expertise in Specialty


  • Completed minimum of three years full time training in approved higher psychiatric training scheme.
  • Engage in continuing professional development and join a Peer Group to gain approval for CPD done.



  • Commitment to developing practice through clinical audit, quality improvement, and working with colleagues in the liaison psychiatry team, the acute trust, and managers.


  • Experience of service planning
  • Management or leadership experience or training



  • Evidence of publications or research experience



  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry


  • Willingness to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield Hospital


SW17 7DJ

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