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Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry - Inpatients- Willow Ward

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£93,666 to £126,281 a year N/A
Closing date
21 May 2024
Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry - Inpatients

(10 PAs) + on call supplement

Our doctors say that Milton Keynes Mental Health service are good at adapting to new ways of working. They are open to out of the box thinking approaches and appreciate new ideas. The teams welcome those who would like to develop leadership skills, not only clinically but also through service development, and provide every opportunity to incorporate ideas and get them working.

We are looking for a new Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry to join our team on Willow Ward, providing high quality care to adult female patients with acute and chronic psychiatric conditions, ensuring that assessments for intervention are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way. The post is based at the Campbell Centre on the Milton Keynes University Hospital campus and there is office space and administration support provided.

This post attracts a generous annual leave entitlement, study leave, the NHS pension scheme and other financial benefits, such as Recruitment and Retention premia for up to 20K, 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


Inpatient care here is delivered by an integrated multi-disciplinary team with a shared sense of ownership for the ward environment as well as the clinical services provided. A pragmatic leadership style will continue to promote this type of ward environment, ensuring collaborative working both at a clinical and an operational level

Together with the ward manager, the consultant role provides overall clinical leadership for the ward multidisciplinary team as well as direct clinical assessments and consultations for the team, including the following:
  • Attendance at daily huddles and weekly bed flow meetings
  • Clinical supervision of trainees and specialty doctors working with the team
  • Medical input, consultation and clinical leadership to the locality ward and overall clinical responsibility for all patients admitted to the unit.
  • Medical input and leadership in care planning and risk assessment for patients subject to the care plan approach (CPA) process.
  • Clinical supervision of trainees and specialty doctors working with the team.
  • Responsible Clinician responsibilities.
  • Regular clinical liaison with community mental health teams.
  • Regular liaison with families and carers

Regular liaison with other stakeholders as appropriate eg MK University Hospital, Mental Health Act Law, Social Care, Advocacy, Thames Valley Police

About us

Being part of a large and diverse London based Trust enables clinicians to access alternative learning and experience opportunities including 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 and there is also access to apply for CEA awards.

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.

Please note, applicants must be on the Specialist Register or within 6 months of obtaining the CCT and Approved Clinician Status. The successful applicants will be eligible to apply for relocation support in line with the Trust's Removal Expenses Policy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Quality and Performance

The consultant is expected to lead on, in partnership with the modern matron, quality improvement initiatives and service evaluation projects and will be encouraged to undertake any research and audit that may be relevant, to either short or long-term service improvement. They will also provide strategic leadership for the performance culture of the ward, ensuring best practice is employed across the facility, and that the Trusts quality and productivity targets are met.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • ?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.



  • ?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
  • ?Approved under S12


  • ?In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice



  • ?Excellent knowledge in acute care with an interest in working with females presenting with complex mental health disorders
  • ?Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • ?Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • ?Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • ?Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • ?Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • ?Excellent leadership and multi-disciplinary working skills
  • ?Experience of using quality improvement methodology and service development


  • ?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.
  • ?Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • ?Has actively participated in clinical audit.
  • ?Supervisory and management experience.


  • ?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

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Campbell Centre, Willow Ward

Milton Keynes Hospital Campus

Milton Keynes


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