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Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens
£99,532 to £131,964 a year Plus 10% R&R and 1% on call supplement
Closing date
9 Jun 2024
The Trust is seeking 1 Consultant Psychiatrist for the St Helens Recovery team. The post is a replacement post of existing placement. We currently have 1WTE that has been vacant and filled by Agency Locum doctor. The post holder will provide a consultative, supervisory and supportive role to the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will take an active part in the clinical work of the team the majority of clinical work is based on site, but service users may also be seen at home, as required. Clinical work also includes report writing and attendance at Mental Health Act review tribunals. The post holder will also be supported, where appropriate, to develop a special interest in a clinical area, which meets the Trust objectives. The consultant will have RC responsibility for patients under CTO.

In the 2011 census the population of St. Helens was 175,308 and is made up of approximately 51% females and 49% males.

The post holder will carry no responsibility for inpatients.

this post currently attracts a 10% R& R payment which will be reviewed next year.

Main duties of the job

Hold Consultant Psychiatrist responsibility for St Helens Recovery Team

Be actively involved in the leadership, management and decision making within the Team

Utilise a flexible approach to delivery of clinical care so that it best meets the needs of service users and carers.

Supervise and support team members who carry out assessments of patients referred to the team.

Carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide treatment for patients.

Support MDT staff to manage psychiatric emergencies

Conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews, and multi- professional meetings

To act as team responsible clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 and carry out duties in accordance to the code of practice.

Carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and as required participate in Trust's risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings (H-RAMM)

Liaison with families / carers other stakeholders and interested parties

The post holder would need to have achieved Approved Clinician status , recognised by the Trust , by commencement of clinical duties as they are required to act in this capacity if responsible for CTO patients and any other patients subject to the Mental Health Act as part of the out of hours rota.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region (Halton, Warrington, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens) and is also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide a consultative, supervisory and supportive role to the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will take an active part in the clinical work of the team the majority of clinical work is based on site, but service users may also be seen at home, as required. Clinical work also includes report writing and attendance at Mental Health Act review tribunals. The post holder will also be supported, where appropriate, to develop a special interest in a clinical area, which meets the Trust objectives. The consultant will have RC responsibility for patients under CTO.

During annual leave cover the community arrangements are usually via the EIP consultant is made to manage the RC cover to the team.

The post holder will be supported by a specialty doctor who is sec 12 approved and is working towards AC approval. They are capable of covering the team when consultant is on leave all clinical issues except RC cover for the CTO patients. As the specialty doctor has been in the team for quite some time once AC approval is completed it is planned to give RC responsibility for some CTO patients to the specialty doctor. This should then reduce the CTO case load on the consultant.

As mentioned earlier we have a number of different skill mixes who see patients in addition to the medical staff in the team. The full time Advanced Nurse practitioner and advance Clinical pharmacist (NMP) reviews patients including the lithium and depot clinic patients. In addition, the recovery team also runs nurse led Clozapine clinics.

Case allocation is done following MDT meeting appropriate criteria for referral being met. This is therefore through a single point of access system. The team is not currently sector based.

However, in future there is plan for practitioners and to be adopting a locality based working model. The medical input however will span the whole team based on need and appropriateness rather than any specific locality.

There is an expectation from the post holder to provide supervision to the ANP and the NMP in the team and also to the junior medical staff. This will be incorporated into the job plan.

The Trust supports the participation of all Consultants in the CPD programme of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, with an expectation that all consultants will be in good standing with the College for PDP at all ties.

The trust supports all consultants to become members of a local CPD peer group. There are well established local PDP peer groups and further details will be provided upon appointment by the line manager.

Consultants are encouraged to take their study leave entitlement in line with learning objectives identified in personal development plans.

The Trust is aware of the need for senior psychiatrists to meet regularly for support and CPD and this is actively encouraged by the Trust Board. In addition to participation with other consultant colleagues in a programme of postgraduate educational meetings, there is a 3yr 30 day study leave allowance supported by a generous designated study budget per Consultant for CPD. Study leave is readily available and supported fully by medical managers.

All consultant staff, as clinical leaders, are expected, and will be given opportunities to contribute to the business planning for the Mental Health Care division and, as appropriate, contribute to the broader strategic and planning work of the trust.

The trust has a strong culture of medical leadership and management, and prides itself on the wide range of opportunities and support available to aspiring and established medical managers to further their skills, experience and responsibilities.

The trust has a well organised and full implemented consultant appraisal system and trained appraisers are allocated to consultants by Dr. Noir Thomas Chief medical officer and Responsible Officer.

For doctors employed by Mersey Care to retain a license to practice they must satisfactorily complete the process of revalidation. To ensure that all consultants and specialty doctors will participate in a satisfactory annual appraisal that will be sufficient to meet the requirements laid out by the GMC toward revalidation, the process of medical appraisal will be subject to methods that assure quality control.

Job planning is conducted annually and led by the post holders Associate Clinical Director with support from the Clinical Director and Chief Operating Officer as necessary. (please refer to sections below titled Work Programme and draft timetable).

The doctors range of work is recorded electronically on software made available by the Trust. This is made available to the medical manager before the job planning meeting. The meeting provides a review of objectives from the previous job plan and a mutually agreed set of objectives for the coming year. Individual job plans will be aligned to Trust, Division, Service Line and personal objectives respectively.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide clinical supervision and training for any junior doctors based with the team according to the requirements laid down in the contract held between the Trust and the Postgraduate Dean. Each team should regularly provide a clinical attachment for at least one medical student, and Consultants are responsible for leading on their clinical teaching.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and University of Liverpool have teamed up to create the Mental Health Research for Innovation Centre (M-RIC). A ground-breaking research facility based in Liverpool that will impact directly on NHS mental health services.

Director for research, development and innovation (Prof Nusrat Hussain) leads the trusts R& D and innovation strategy. He takes particular responsibility for the leadership and continued development of The Centre for Perfect Care (CPC) which as innovative service established to support continues improvement with the Trust and wider health system. The Trust is also keen to develop strategically important relationships with the Academic Health Science Network and other major partners.

There is a well resourced and expanding clinical effectiveness, research and resource library developed within the Trust. It has dedicated spaces at Rathbone Hospital and Ashworth site where there is access to various databases both locally held and Internet based.


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 Psychiatrist
  • Additional clinical qualifications



  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative



  • 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

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • 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


  • Experience in working previously in similar roles at a relevant level

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Harry Blackman House, Peasley Cross Hospital

Marshalls Cross Road

St Helens


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