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Consultant in Forensic / Adult Psychiatry based at HMP Bronzefield

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year London Weighting of £2,162
Closing date
30 May 2024
An opportunity has arisen for a Consultant to join CNWL Health & Justice Services.

We are looking for a Consultant who is passionate about prison psychiatry and can deliver outstanding clinical leadership to the mental health team. This Post is ideally suited for a Consultant who enjoys assessing and treating challenging and unusual mental and physical health clinical presentations in a complex long term environment.

If you would like to discuss the post informally or arrange a visit please contact: Dr Satinder Sahota.

AAC will be held on 03/07/2024

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership to ensure the delivery of high-quality patient care to the men resident

To develop their own specialist interests and if appropriate to bring these in line with Trust and local service development plans.

Teaching and training of specialist nurses, other nurses and prison staff where appropriate.

To contribute to the maintenance and development of Health and Justice services within the Trust to the highest standard through clinical audit and other activities related to Care Quality.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) is one of the largest trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs. We have approximately 7,000 staff that provide healthcare to a third of London's population and across wider geographical areas, including Milton Keynes, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire.As a Foundation Trust we involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run and our future development. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Foundation Trust please visit our website.Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference.

A full access to a wide range of staff Benefits, Discounts and Offers you can enjoy when you join CNWL. Some listed but not limited to and some are open to your family too. Please refer to our Reward and wellbeing handbook for more information and full details on the deals you can save money on your weekly food shops, cinema tickets, meals out and holidays or even weekend breaks.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Study discounts for staff
  • Flexible working
  • Interest free loans - season tickets and car parking
  • Weekly paid bank work
  • Fitness and Wellbeing

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to provide direct psychiatrist input into prisoners suffering from mental disorder. The existing service works along the lines of a traditional Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) based within the prison with prominent elements of crisis response and risk management.

The Mental Health Team receives circa 10 referrals a day and holds a caseload. Referrals are seen within 5 days (routine), 2 days (urgent) or 4 hours (emergency). There are circa 30 patients subject to multi-professional/agency working under the auspices of the Care Programme Approach (incorporating Section 117 Aftercare) at any one time.

The team assesses patients on ordinary location, healthcare wing and separation & care unit. A key focus of the work will be the assessment and treatment of patients on the inpatient unit (up to 23 patients). The inpatient unit houses a mix of both physical health and mental health patients. At any one time up to half would be mental health patients including those requiring transfer to psychiatric hospital.

The post-holder is not expected to screen new referrals, rather, follow up of referrals already having been assessed by a member of the MDT. Clinics will typically have 4 patients to review per session.

The post-holder will review patients on the inpatient unit when required.

The post-holder is not expected to carry a caseload. Caseloads will be carried by the CPNs and the post-holder will be expected to conduct psychiatric/medication reviews.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Additional clinical qualifications.


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



  • 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 able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


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



  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • 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


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Experience of Quality Improvement
  • Management experience
  • Membership of committee / relevant regulatory body
  • CQC preparedness
  • Contract / procurement knowledge



  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit
  • Exemplary time keeping
  • Ability to work constructively within MDT environments without complaints / concerns


  • 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


HMP Bronzefield

Woodthorpe Road


TW15 3JZ

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