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Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This post arises due to an up and coming vacancy for a full-time Speciality Doctor in Taunton Community Mental Health Services.

This is a full-time post (10PAs) but there can be flexibility, depending on the needs of the successful candidate.

The current pay scale for a speciality level doctor is MC75 - 01 to MC75-18 (�52,530 - 82,400)

This post provides senior psychiatric input to: The Taunton Community Mental Health service, which is composed of the CMHT, Transformation, Transition Team, Assertive Outreach Team and Psychological Interventions. Most Psychiatric work is within the CMHT.

The team base is Foundation House, which is a modern community site located in Taunton. Several other services are co-located her also. Foundation house sits within the Wellsprings Hospital site which has Specialist Clinics, Inpatient Units and parking.

Main duties of the job

The Taunton CMHT offers a service to several GP practices to Taunton and Wellington and nearby villages covering rural and urban communities.

Within the CMHS there are two full-time consultants and two other Associate Specialists, who would be close colleagues to a successful candidate. Both consultants are Educational Supervisors with attached trainees. The community psychiatrist work together as a team, offering general support, cross cover arrangements for leave and have offices grouped together. The responsible doctors are determined by GP alignment.

The core CMHT works closely with the wider Community Mental Health Service and is referred to as CMHS. This consists of therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses, psychiatrists, and several team managers. We work together, especially in complex cases and where there is higher risk, to support patients and colleagues. This working together includes within patient consultation, professionals' meetings, care planning, referrals meetings and multi-disciplinary team meetings. We also have formal liaison meetings with inpatient services planning admissions and discharges. We have a described clinical model that helps guide our service and training is available in this.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.

You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.

We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

A draft job plan would be as follows:
  • Four (4) outpatient clinics per week as well as follow-up appointments there will an average of 2-3 new assessments including urgent assessments.
  • Attending the weekly CMHT meeting
  • Possible input into AOT patient care (small team)
  • Weekly liaison meeting with Inpatient team to be attended if doctor has a patient in ward
  • Liaison with GPs and secondary care medical and non-medical staff
  • Mental Health Act Assessments. The post-holder, once he/she has attained appropriate approval, can act as the Trust Section 12 doctor for a proportion of MHA assessments in office hours arising from their catchment area. The doctor can claim a fee for these assessments

Person Specification



  • GMC Registered


  • GMC Registered

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Foundation House



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