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Consultant Psychiatrist Bed Flow + �10,000 recruitment incentive

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time

**A generous relocation package**

**�10K Retention Pay Premia**

The Trust is seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist to join the Bed Flow Team. This is a new post which the Trust regards as an opportunity to further develop and improve use of our acute/urgent care services.

This post is one example of the commitment of the Trust to develop better provision and capacity of our acute/urgent care services and the families and carers using these services in challenging times. This post adds to the medical establishment of the team providing a minimum of 1.0 whole time equivalent Consultant Psychiatrist for the Bed Flow Team.

Main duties of the job

  • To work closely with the patient flow team to review requests for admission across the Trust
  • To work with adult inpatient teams to identify those who can be discharged (this would include offering constructive challenge to inpatient teams where needed)
  • Although the postholder would not be expected to hold a caseload of their own or to provide Responsible Clinician cover to specific patients (except as part of expected cover duties while on-call), they may be asked to review specific patients on a one-off basis where there would be benefit from a second opinion on management (e.g. inpatients with a long length of stay)
  • Work with the patient flow team and other clinical leads to review pathways for admission/discharge to ensure they are as clear and efficient as possible.
  • To attend daily patient flow meetings and provide clinical oversight in decision making including prioritisation for admission based on risks.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim it to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disabilities within the UK.

Whilst it is a challenging period of the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT following our CQC rating of Outstanding award in 2019. We are on our Good to Great journey as we continue to innovate, improve, transform and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities we service.

Here's what we have to offer you
  • Mentoring support for new Consultants
  • Dedicated support to help become a future NHS Leader
  • Access to Leadership, Teaching, Education and Research opportunities
  • A strong ethos on Learning and Development
  • Access to a state-of-the-art Simulation Training Facility including opportunities to join the Multidisciplinary Simulation Faculty
  • Study leave of 30 days over 3 years
  • Study leave budget of �800 per person per annum
  • Innovative patient electronic record system (PARIS)/ Admin and IT equipment/ software to improve work experience (4G enabled laptops provided upon starting)
  • Flexible working
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Flexible APAs to seek development opportunities in service development/ management / Simulation Training /working with Community Transformation Projects
  • Generous relocation package up to �7.5K (subject to terms & conditions)

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To participate in service and business planning activity for the patent flow system and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.
  • To participate in annual appraisal for consultants.
  • To attend and participate in the academic programme of the Trust and the team including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD programme.
  • To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval, and to abide by professional codes of conduct.
  • To participate annually in a job plan review with the clinical manager, which will include consultation with a relevant manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with modernisation. To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services and share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to management.
  • To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the medical director and other managers in preparing plans for services.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • Relevant higher degree, e.g. MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications .



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • CCT in Psychiatry OR Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register in psychiatry OR within six months of achieving CCT/CESR at the time of interview.


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice.
  • Section 12/Approved clinician approval.



  • Experience of the full range of clinical responsibilities expected of a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry.
  • Experience of close collaborative working with social care and other agencies.
  • Experience of working with service users who have complex needs within General Adult psychiatry.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty.
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others.


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service.
  • Excellent degree of medical knowledge in relation to diagnosis, management and treatment of common and complex acute mental health disorders in adult
  • Experience in working in community, liaison, crisis and inpatient services including consultant on-calls
  • Experience in working with complex and high risk presentations including complex EUPD, dual diagnosis
  • Experience in working with multi-agency framework to support service users
  • Management experience
  • Service development experience



  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training.
  • Participated in continuous professional development.
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.
  • Holds a full valid driving license and access to a car (Unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post.
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken.
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation.
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change.
  • Experience of organising and overseeing psychotherapy training program for psychiatry trainees.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Kingfisher Court

Kingsley Green, Harper Lane



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