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Consultant Psychiatrist - Older Adult Inpatient/Community

Are you a Consultant looking for a new opportunity in Older Adult Psychiatry?

We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist to join the Bristol Older Adult Services in a post that combines inpatient and community work.

This post combines 6 PAs for inpatient work on Aspen ward at Callington Road Hospital with 4 PAs for community work just down the road with the South Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team (SBART) based at Petherton Resource Centre.

Aspen ward is a mixed-sex open acute ward for 20 older adult patients with functional mental disorders. This part of the post is a job-share with an experienced 0.6 WTE inpatient consultant, including a two PA crossover, and is supported by a SAS doctor, two foundation doctors, a core trainee and frequently a higher trainee.

The community part of this post with SBART is another job-share, again with a 0.6 WTE consultant older adult psychiatrist but without the two PA crossover. In addition, SBART comprises 3.0 WTE General Adult Consultants, a SAS doctor and Crisis Consultant. The team is supported by GP and F2 trainees, higher trainees and medical students, making for a strong, friendly and lively medical base. There are well established PDP groups in the Bristol locality where the consultants participate in peer supervision, and the consultant will be encouraged to join one.

It is hoped the combination of inpatient and local community roles will ensure this post offers stimulating, satisfying and enjoyable work.

Main duties of the job

As one of the Consultants on Aspen Ward you will be expected to deliver direct interventions to service users at a level of intensity according to need, including those who require an assertive approach. This will include on-going assessment, diagnoses (including review and clarification) and treatment of mental and physical health needs. You will also help prioritise admissions, ensure the efficient use of inpatient resources, attend care planning meetings and supervise junior medical staff. The preparation of MHA Tribunal reports and participation in Tribunals is another feature of this post's work, alongside other inpatient AC responsibilities. You may wish to contribute to running the twice weekly ECT clinics, but it is not obligatory.

As an Older Adult Consultant with the South Assessment & Recovery Team you will be an integral team member and clinical leader within the team. You will be expected to undertake 2 new assessments and 2 medical follow up assessments per week to support the assessment function of the team. In addition, on average per week there are about 10 Recovery medical appointments, arranged in 2 clinic blocks (allowing a degree of flexibility). The Consultant is expected to participate in MHA assessments where appropriate as well as facilitating CTO discussions. They will provide visible and clear leadership at team level, as well as liaison with primary care, focusing on issues germane to Older Adult Psychiatry.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g MD,PHD,Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • 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 of gaining CCT
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • CCT in Old Age Psychiatry



  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in inpatient and community settings
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement

Personal Skills


  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Ability to appraise own performance as a Consultant.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills

Clinical Skills


  • Ability to assess and treat psychiatric problems in inpatient and community settings



  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation.


  • Knowledge of alternatives to inpatient admission care approaches



  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.


  • Experience as an Educational Supervisor for trainees

Research and Audit


  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project.



  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.


  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Aspen Ward, Callinnton Road Hospital / Petherton Resource Centre



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