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Consultant Psychiatrist - First Response Service

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year plus 10% R&R & 1% on call
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
The Trust is seeking to recruit a Consultant for First Response Service across Mid Mersey and we are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive colleague to provide dynamic leadership to the service and the Trust as a whole.

This is a new full-time post based in Hollins Park Hospital. The post holder will work collaboratively with our Operational Manager, Clinical Service Manager and FRS Specialty doctor based in Clock View to provide leadership and clinical expertise to the First Response Service and ensure we deliver an excellent, responsive, and high-quality service. The post holder will also be supported, where appropriate, to develop a special interest in a clinical area, which meets the Trust objectives.

The post holder will be responsible for the overall assessment, and management of patients presented to FRS in Mid Mersey by working closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team including clinical service manager, advanced clinical practitioner, clinical lead, Operational Managers (Band 8A), dual diagnosis practitioners, mental health practitioners, assistant practitioners, assistant clinical psychologist, clinical psychologist, social workers and support worker

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to conduct urgent reviews for the patients and to chair management planning meetings involving families, community and social care services.

The post holder will have clinical/managerial supervisor responsibilities for the specialty doctor based in FRS in Clock View Hospital.

Consultant psychiatrist responsibility for FRS across Mid Mersey.

Carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide treatment for patients referred to FRS as in outpatient and community assessment.

Support FRS staff to manage psychiatric emergencies.

Conduct patient reviews, and mental health act assessments, and attend multi-professional meetings.

Maintain a high standard of clinical work when carrying out assessments.

Ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework, you will motivate colleagues, champion service user safety and dignity and drive continuous improvement.

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 and are 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.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Consultant psychiatrist responsibility for FRS across Mid Mersey.
  • Carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide treatment for patients referred to FRS as in outpatient and community assessment.
  • Support FRS staff to manage psychiatric emergencies.
  • Conduct patient reviews, and mental health act assessments, and attend multi-professional meetings.
  • To carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and participate in Trusts risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings (H-RAMM) and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) Meetings.
  • To provide medical leadership to the FRS team.
  • Liaise with families / carers.
  • Liaise with aspects of the Criminal Justice System regarding patients.
  • Liaise with other stakeholders and interested parties.
  • The post holder will be expected to maintain effective communication with other services, including in-patient and community mental health teams, crisis services, and primary care.
  • Provide clinical/educational supervision to junior colleagues, NMP and AP.
  • To attend daily safety huddle and multidisciplinary team meetings.

.The Trust has a number of medical management roles and encourages medical staff to participate in these. Likewise, medical staff are encouraged to participate in the wider discussion forums within the Trust and join committees/working parties in other areas. Support is provided within job plans to undertake these roles.

.The post holder will be expected to participate in the Consultant on call rota covering all specialties apart from CAMHS and Forensic services in the Warrington, Halton, St Helens & Knowsley areas.

Please see job description for further details.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych
  • CCT or CESR in General Adult or Old Age Psychiatry
  • 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 OR able to achieve within 6 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



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

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


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinicial evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audot and quality improvement programs
  • Participated in continuous professional development


  • 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 or improved outcomes to patients

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Hollins Park Hospital




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