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Consultant in Adult Liaison Psychiatry

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year +£2,162 LW
Closing date
22 May 2024

Job Details

We are looking for a Consultant Psychiatry leader to join the Liaison Psychiatry Service at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and help us grow our service in Complex Orthopaedics. You will be joining colleagues in a dynamic and forward-looking team, at the cutting edge of new developments in liaison psychiatry, with a culture in which development and progression are embedded. The post is offered full-time.

Main duties of the job

The Liaison psychiatry Service at the RNOH works as a triumvirate with Consultant Leads for our main areas of work: complex orthopaedics (including ortho-oncology), spinal cord injury rehabilitation and persistent pain. You will lead the expansion of our service in complex orthopaedics, for which you will have dedicated time in your job plan.

We have a strong tradition of academic research and opportunities to complete high-quality research abound.

There are no on-call commitments at present.

The post will suit someone with experience of teaching and training a diverse range of clinicians.

About us

The RNOH is considered a Centre of Excellence. It is the foremost musculoskeletal centre in the country and rated in the top ten orthopaedic hospitals in the world. The Liaison Psychiatry Service at the RNOH is unique in many regards. It is the only dedicated psychiatric service for people with complex neuro-musculoskeletal needs and one of only a few services for those with persistent pain. It is the only service to provide outreach for people with spinal cord injury (across London) as a new model of care. Our Team is tight knit and works well together. This vacancy would suit a psychiatrist who is looking for an opportunity to make a change in a growing area of liaison psychiatry. Ability to think psycho-socially around patients' needs would be a great advantage.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We have recently established the first comprehensive mental health screening programme for all adult patients referred to the Trust you will provide advice, clinical liaison, appropriate assessment and management of patients who are identified as having significant mental health needs through this pathway. You will respond to inpatient referrals and provide input to the Complex Admissions Team on a weekly basis. You will work in an innovative multidisciplinary manner with teams of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and surgeons, and supervise the Physician Associate in Psychiatry.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience


  • Membership of the RCPsych or equivalent
  • Certificate of Completion of Training in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Experience in Liaison Psychiatry
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Section 12(2) Approval, Eligible to act as RC for detained patients
  • Registered for the Continuing Professional Development Programme in the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Training & experience in brief psycho- therapeutic techniques appropriate for patients with psychological needs complicating the presentation or management of physical health conditions
  • Clinical Experience in at least two of the following patient groups
  • Deliberate self-harm & attempted suicide
  • Alcohol & substance misuse problems
  • Functional Neurological Disorders or Persistent Physical Symptoms (medically unexplained symptoms)
  • Psychological needs of cancer patients
  • Traumatic stress & Common Mental Disorders


  • Training in the full range of effective therapeutic techniques to include psycho- education, medication and psychological therapies
  • Experience of working with neuro-musculoskeletal problems
  • Experience of working with chronic pain patients
  • Experience of working with people following serious traumatic injuries.
  • oSpecial interest in service development

Skills and Abilities


  • Experience in multidisciplinary teaching
  • Experience in data gathering & management
  • Basic computer skills including ability to use email and interne
  • IT skills (to be tested during probationary period)


  • Qualification in Clinical Education
  • Experience of leading management projects
  • Experience of participating in or facilitating Schwartz Rounds



  • Experience in developing a service component relevant to Liaison Psychiatry


  • Experience of conducting clinical research including applying for funding, ethical approval, data analysis and interpretation, leading research teams.

Disposition and Attributes


  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team
  • Enthusiasm & commitment to the NHS
  • Highest level of integrity
  • oCapacity to respond positively to the constantly changing NHS environment

Employer details

Employer name

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust


Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Brockley Hill



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