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Consultant in General Adult inpatient Psychiatry

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
Applications are invited for a full time Inpatient Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry on Danube Ward, a mixed gender 16-bedded acute psychiatric ward at St. Charles Hospital.

The inpatient teams at St Charles Hospital work closely together in a supportive and collaborative manner and have close links with our community teams to ensure we provide high quality, safe and effective care to the people of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster with mental health needs

Applicants must be on the Specialist Register or within 6 months of obtaining the CCT and Approved Clinician Status.

Main duties of the job

To provide consultant psychiatric input to a 16 bedded, mixed sex ward as part of a multi-disciplinary service. The role is to provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment package of care to all patients with a view to facilitate early discharge from hospital and to work closely with colleagues in the Acute Services to continuously improve the quality of acute care. The ward is a direct admission ward, admitting patients who are acutely unwell and treating them until discharge from hospital.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) specialises in caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs. The area spans the communities of London, Milton Keynes and wider geographical areas of Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. There are areas of great affluence as well as deprivation, and there are over 100 first-languages spoken in these communities.

Kensington and Chelsea (K+C) adult mental health service provides a range of mental health services for adults across the age range within the community and in hospital settings. These are integrated health and social care services. These are based at:o St Charles Hospital with 8 inpatient wards two adult PICUs, 4 adult acute wards and two Older Adult wardso South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, next to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with the liaison service, health psychology, therapies team, memory service, older and younger adult psychiatric liaison serviceso Community team bases for adult CMHTs and Psychology and Psychotherapy serviceso Early Intervention Serviceo Home Treatment Team (HTT)o Mental Health Act Team (AMHP Team)o Psychology/Psychotherapy Services including Clinical Psychologists embedded in the CMHTs and inpatients, Arts Psychotherapy, and other specialist family and individual psychotherapieso FOCUS Team (community forensic service) at Pall Mall

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have principal duties to provide clinical care to Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster residents admitted to Danube Ward. They will be supported by the MDT team that includes a Higher Specialty Trainee (ST), 1 GPVTS and a Foundation trainee, as well as Occupational therapist, pharmacist and psychologist.

The post holder will provide joint leadership with the ward manager, for the performance culture of the ward, ensuring best practice is employed across the ward, and that the Trusts quality and productivity targets are met. They will promote good clinical care for all patients for both their mental health and physical health.

A key feature of the Acute Service vision is that in-patient care is delivered by an integrated multi-disciplinary team with a shared sense of ownership for the ward environment as well as the clinical services provided.

The post holder will adopt a pragmatic leadership style as a way of promoting this type of ward environment, thus ensuring collaborative working both at a clinical and an operational level.The post holder will be expected to participate in Quality Improvement and service evaluation projects and will be encouraged to undertake any research which may be relevant to either short or long-term service improvement.

Together with the Matron and ward manager the post holder will provide overall clinical leadership for the Ward Multidisciplinary team as well as direct clinical assessments and consultations for the Team, including the following: Medical input, consultation and clinical leadership to the ward, and overall clinical responsibility for patients admitted to the unit. Medical input and leadership in care planning and risk assessment for patients subject to the care planning (CPA) process. Responsible Clinician with responsibilities of attendance at and report-writing for Mental Health Tribunals and Managers hearings. Regular clinical liaison with the Community Consultants in the Psychological Medicine, Community Mental Health Teams and the Home Treatment Team to ensure timely discharge of patients. Medical input and clinical leadership in line with the Trusts strategic objectives.

Person Specification

Educational and professional qualifications


  • o Primary Medical Degree
  • o Full GMC Registration
  • o Inclusion on the Specialist Register (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date)
  • o Section 12 MHA Approved
  • o AC approval


  • o MRCPsych (or equivalent)
  • o Higher degree (MSc, LLM, MD or PhD)
  • o Management and leadership training.
  • o Management qualification and/or extensive knowledge and expertise acquired through training and experience up to doctoral level.

Other attributes


  • o Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • o Sound organisational skills


  • o Evidence of evidence based medicine training, teaching and implementation.
  • o Training and experience of relevant therapies
  • o Demonstration of ability to innovative practice and service improvement

General knowledge/ experience & core skills


  • o Experience of assessment and treatment of mental disorders in an acute psychiatric setting
  • o Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • o Experience of CPA approach
  • o Proficient in risk assessment and management.
  • o Experience of use of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act in an inpatient psychiatric setting
  • o Evidence of completed clinical audit projects
  • o Evidence of undergraduate and postgraduate trainee teaching


  • o Experience of service development/business planning
  • o Completed research projects
  • o Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • o High level knowledge of planned developments at a national level to improve efficiency and deliver quality services
  • o Experience of teaching non-medical staff/carers

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


St Charles Hospital

Exmoor Street


W10 6DZ

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