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Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry - National Deaf Mental Health

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
BSMHFT is one of the largest mental health Foundation Trusts in the country, providing mental health services to a culturally and socially-diverse population.

We are seeking to recruit a full time, permanent, Specialty doctor to work within the National Deaf Mental Health Service based at the Barberry in Birmingham. It is one of only 3 such centres across the UK directly commissioned by NHS England with a catchment area stretching from the North Sea coast to South Wales. The service is recognised as a National Specialised Service and designed for profoundly Deaf adults who are sign language users with a wide range of mental health problems and complex physical health and social needs.

Main duties of the job

You would be based at our 12-bedded inpatient unit at the Barberry and work closely with an experienced and highly specialised multidisciplinary team. There are a number of staff who are themselves deaf.

Responsibilities will include initial and ongoing assessment of patients admitted to the ward and management of inpatients in conjunction with the MDT. There will also be some outpatient work. There will be opportunities for training in British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness. Encouragement will be given to take part in CPD, audit and teaching where appropriate.

About us

There is a monthly peer-group meeting of Specialty Doctors (which includes teaching sessions), which you will be encouraged to attend. There is a Postgraduate Academic Programme and MRCPsych course for trainee doctors which you will also be welcome to join.

We have an established process to support Specialty Doctors who wish to explore career progression in terms of Acting Up opportunities and support of CESR applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post is based at the Jasmine Suite (Inpatient ward) at The Barberry with some work in the community. The hours are 9am to 5pm. There is no on-call commitment with this post.

You will be responsible for the care and treatment of Deaf adults suffering from mental disorders. This will include taking part in initial assessments, reviews and work within the MDT. You will liaise with GPs and other clinical teams within and outside the Trust to provide specialists assessments.

The multi-disciplinary team including nurses, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and British Sign Language interpreters.

Duties will also include compiling a patients history from a number of sources, preparing case summaries, discharge summaries, reports for Mental Health Review Tribunals and Managers Hearings and giving evidence

Person Specification



  • Recognised medical degree
  • Full GMC registration with a licence to practice.
  • Eligible for approval under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act.
  • Completed at least four years' full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be within a psychiatry training programme or as a fixed term specialty trainee within psychiatry or have equivalent experience and competences.
  • Completed training to CT3 or equivalent level.
  • Competent general medical and psychiatric skills in assessment, formulation and diagnosis.
  • Medication management.
  • Commitment to personal programme of Continuing Professional Development.
  • At least two years' experience of working in psychiatry, with a broad range of experience in a variety of mental health and learning disability services.
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience and skills in teaching and training.
  • Commitment to clinical audit and quality improvement within multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evidence of taking part in clinical audit.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work creatively within multi-disciplinary team.
  • Willingness to be involved in management of service.
  • Able to travel across the community base area.


  • MRCPsych or equivalent.
  • Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983).
  • British Sign Language training / certification.
  • Experience of provision of specialist services to deaf people.
  • Research skills with evidence of involvement in research projects.
  • Active interest in audit as a tool for service development and quality improvement with track record of completion of audit projects.
  • Evidence of potential for effective leadership.

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


The Barberry (Jasmine Suite)

Vincent Drive


B15 2FG

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