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Consultant Psychiatrist- Mortality Gov+�10k recruitment incentive

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Mental health
Part Time

Job Details

This is a great opportunity for a consultant seeking part time flexible working which offers 5 PAs as core duties providing consultant input to the Mortality Governance Team.

The Mortality Governance Team is well established, with ongoing evolution. It works within national, regional and local Mortality Governance frameworks, assists in Trust compliance with Medical Examiner requirements, and networks widely mainly with Trust staff, also externally.

It uses data from deceased patient records, as well as from other sources such as Prevention of Future Deaths reports from Coroners published nationally. It uses data and data analysis to advise on good practice themes and learning themes, and recommend changes on team, individual and Trust levels.

Main duties of the job

The post holder helps to provide information from which teams and the organisation can learn as an important part of quality improvement and patient safety. Both good practice and learning is identified, to contribute to the Trust's being a learning organisation, in the context of a just culture.

Most of the time is spent on undertaking mortality case record reviews using structured judgement review methodology:
  • undertake structured judgement reviews (SJRs) in keeping with national guidance.
  • make independent opinions about care that must be evidenced, fair and communicated clearly.
  • give an opinion on whether a death was more likely that not to have been due to a problem in care.
  • Discission of each SJR with either the Lead Consultant Psychiatrist for Mortality Governance or the Medical Director

me time is devoted to jointly screening deaths with the Mortality Governance Lead to categorise the death, and to determine whether the deceased person's notes should be subject to structured judgement review if a 'red flag' is met.

Networking with change implementation colleagues (treating teams and managers), is a crucial part of the role to help drive forward quality improvement and patient safety. This involves working within existing systems, as well as challenging systems and practices that may require improvement and change. This requires being open, clear, succinct, fair and sensitive.

The Mortality Governance Team works closely and synergistically with the Safer Care Team.

About us

In recent years the Trust has been successful in acquiring the tender for the provision of specialist Learning disability services in Norfolk, North Essex and Buckinghamshire. The Trust covers a mix of rural and urban areas, including the City of St Albans, the large towns of Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage, and the smaller towns of Hemel Hempstead, Radlett, Berkhamsted, Harpenden, Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Hitchin and Letchworth.

Hertfordshire Social Services have divided the county into four areas. The county has three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). West Hertfordshire is served by Herts Valleys CCG and Dacorum and East and North Hertfordshire is served by East and North Herts CCG.

A Single Point of Access was introduced in 2012 to streamline access to mental health and learning disability services in Hertfordshire the Trust offers self-referral for clients and carers.

People of working age from South West Hertfordshire who require an acute psychiatric inpatient admission are currently treated at Kingfisher Court, the 70 bedded Inpatient Unit located near Radlett, if a bed is available. Otherwise, they may be admitted to an inpatient bed elsewhere in the Trust. There are two Crisis Rehabilitation Home Treatment Teams (CRHTT) covering the county which act as the gatekeeper to the Acute Care Pathway and provides home treatment for people experiencing acute episodes of mental ill health.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsibilities for all Consultant Psychiatrists include:
  • 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.

The core post does not include an on-call commitment. Participation in a Trust on call rota may be negotiated separately, and if agreed via job planning, other responsibilities include:
  • To manage, appraise and give professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed by consultant colleagues and the medical director and in accordance with the Trusts personnel policies and procedures. This may include assessing competences under the Modernising Medical Careers framework.
  • To ensure that junior medical staff working with the post holder operate within the parameters of the New Deal and are Working Time Directive compliant.
  • To undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients.
  • To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively and submit this promptly to the Information Department.
  • To participate in service and business planning activity for the team and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.

Person Specification



  • MRCPsych
  • 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.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register for a speciality in psychiatry or within 6 months of gaining CCT.
  • Experience in authoring high quality evidence based reports


  • 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 psychiatry.
  • Experience of close collaborative working with social care and other agencies.
  • Experience of working with service users who have complex needs within psychiatry.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and ability to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty.
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others.
  • Experience and ability to make fair, balanced and evidence based structured judgement reviews, and communicate them in a kind, positive, constructive and professional manner
  • Experience and ability to gain and retain trust of colleagues
  • Experience and ability to work collaboratively


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service.
  • Excellent degree of medical knowledge in relation to psychiatry and physical health problems that are common in psychiatry



  • Experience and ability 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.


  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Colonnades

Beaconsfield Road


AL10 8YE

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