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Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry (TOPAS)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£93,666 to £126,281 a year N/A
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited for an enthusiastic, motivated and dynamic individual to provide high quality care to patients with acute and chronic psychiatric conditions ensuring interventions are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way.

This is a split post focusing on older people's mental health care in Milton Keynes. The post holder will be the Responsible Clinician based at The Older Peoples Assessment Service (TOPAS) which is a 15 bedded mixed sex hospital ward on the ground floor of a care home, located approximately 5 miles from the Milton Keynes Hospital Campus.

The post holder will offer sessional consultation and support to the Older Adult pathway of the Mental Health Hospital Liaison Team.

It is anticipated this will be an 8:2 split.

Being part of a large and diverse London based Trust enables clinicians to access alternative learning and experience opportunities.

There is a large faculty of consultants across mental health and a comprehensive program of professional development to which the successful candidate will have access. A personal budget for CPD is allocated to each consultant annually. There is also access to apply for CEA awards.

This post attracts a generous annual leave entitlement, study leave, the NHS pension scheme and other financial benefits, such as Relocation package for up to 8K and a range of lifestyle benefits, such as staff discounts, discount on the purchase and the lease of new cars.

Main duties of the job

Assess and manage patients (including investigations and treatment) with acute and chronic psychiatric conditions including dementia and psychiatric functional illnesses, ensuring interventions are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way.

Be well versed in current NICE and other widely accepted guidelines in order to provide the most appropriate interventions.

Provide all service users with psychiatric care, focusing on recovery where possible and in a way that optimizes their bio-psychosocial functioning and dignity.

Provide clinical leadership within the multi- disciplinary team.

Provide clinical advice and supervision to junior staff.Undertake assessments under the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) including Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) as appropriate.

Undertake Mental Health Act work including the functions of a Responsible Clinician (RC) where required.

Provide consultation to liaison colleagues and if necessary undertake reviews for older adult patients requiring mental health review in hospital.Attend and take an active role in regular clinical and team meetings of both teams.

About us

The Trust is organised in to three Divisions: Jameson, Goodall and Diggory.Diggory Division is responsible for the delivery of Mental Health, Addictions and Community services in Milton Keynes, as well as Addictions services, Sexual Health/HIV and Health and Justice services in London and Surrey.

Diggory has an ethos of fair, collaborative, inclusive leadership. We expect everyone in our senior leadership team to be flexible in approach and supportive, whilst holding each other to account and providing challenge when needed.

As a Division we meet on a weekly basis with our services to support staff to deliver safe services and empower teams to promote staff wellbeing and have a learning and improvement culture.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a new Consultant in the team you will be offered a place on the Management and Leadership Course run by the Trust, in conjunction with Imperial College. The Trust also has a partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), giving you the opportunity to gain knowledge in improvement science and enhance your skills and confidence to understand healthcare systems and successfully implement change.

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

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months
  • Approved clinician status OR intention to complete within three months of employment
  • Approved under S12


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Additional clinical qualifications



  • Excellent knowledge in acute care of older people presenting with complex functional and mental health disorders
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Able to make decisions based on evidence and experience, including the contribution of others
  • Expert knowledge and skills in assessing Capacity and making decisions related to care
  • Experience of working with families and carers
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Excellent leadership and multi-disciplinary working skills


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service



  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit
  • Supervisory and management experience
  • Experience of using quality improvement methodology and service development


  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Led clinical audits leading to service change.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


The Older People's Assessment Service (TOPAS)

Waterhall Care Centre

Milton Keynes


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