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Specialty Doctor in Older Adults Psychiatry and HTT

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 May 2024
We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Specialty Doctor to work in theKensington & Chelsea Older Adults Integrated Community Mental Health Team and Home Treatment Team.

The post is an established one within the CMHT and has become available due to the current post holder leaving to do core training in psychiatry.The specialty doctor in post is expected to form an integral part of the senior team.

Main duties of the job

1. Conduct initial clinical assessments (approximately 1/week)2. Provide consultation to the rest of the team, undertaking reviews with care co-ordinators. 3. Home treatment team assessments and Mental Health Act assessments also form a core part of the role.4. The post holder would be expected to hold a case load of up to 10 cases as a key worker.5. Attend weekly MDT meetings as well as business and training meetings.6. There are twice weekly initial assessment feedback meetings which the specialty doctor can expect to contribute to.

There are no out of hours on call duties associated with this post.The post holder would be encouraged to undertake an audit or quality improvement project and would have ring-fenced time for this.

This post is designed to equip doctors who want to develop toward further progression in their professional career through multiple opportunities. From this post you may gain up to four referees required for application to Article 14 if the post-holder is interested applying to the Specialist Register. The Trust also has a CESR Lead and the post holder can access this support. The post will support Attendance at the Imperial MRCPsych courses for those who intend to sit the RCPsych examinations

About us

The Kensington & Chelsea Community Mental Health Team for older adults is a large, dynamic service offering mental health and social care services to residents of Kensington & Chelsea meeting the service criteria for 'older people and healthy ageing'. This covers a wide range of both functional and organic disorders but is no longer an age-specific service the team will provide care for people with physical and mental health comorbidities, frailty and other issues related to the ageing process. The Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Supervisor is Dr Deirdre Bonner.

The team treats both functional disorders and dementia however, the latter consists of working with the more complex end of dementia management, as early dementias are managed by our Kensington & Chelsea Memory Service. We therefore tend to work more with behavioural and psychological symptoms as well as those with co-morbidities or diagnostic uncertainty. The team has carer support at its heart and is one of its core values.

Additional opportunities for the post-holder:
  • Attendance at the Imperial MRCPsych courses for those who intend to sit the MRCPsych examinations
  • One to one supervision with a Consultant
  • Participation in local CPD activities
  • Opportunities in service development

This post is designed to equip doctors who want to develop toward further

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical assessments, both initial and follow-up, of patients with cognitive impairment. This work is both clinic-based and home visits.
  • Support to colleagues in regard to assessments, investigations, treatment options and ongoing management plans.
  • Liaison with GPs and other health and social care colleagues regarding clinical concerns of patients in the community.
  • Chairing MDTs both when the consultant is present and absent so as to develop leadership skills.
  • Teaching of undergraduates, post-graduates, other disciplines and GPs in matters related to dementia and dementia care.
  • Audit and QI projects.
  • The consultant will provide clinical supervision for this work.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • oPrimary Medical degree
  • oFull GMC registration


  • oMRCPsych Paper A or equivalent
  • oPost-graduate psychiatric training
  • oSec12 approval

Previous Experience


  • oCompleted at least one year of full time post graduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part time or flexible basis) in general medicine, geriatric medicine, A& E, or other relevant specialities


  • oPsychiatric Training/experience
  • oWorking with Older Adults
  • oClinical audit
  • oTeaching others
  • oWorking with an MDT
  • oExperience of being on-call

Skills and Knowledge


  • oAbility to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach
  • oAble to work effectively in a team
  • oAble to build constructive relationships
  • oPerson-centred in clinical approach
  • oAbility to perform full physical examinations and to undertake basic routine tests such as venepuncture, ECG, Q Risk determination
  • oBasic IT skills


  • oAdvanced IT literacy
  • oCognitive assessment using screening tests



  • oCommitment to multi-disciplinary team working
  • oCommitment to Continuing Personal Development
  • oAbility to be flexible and work as part of a changing, dynamic team and organisation
  • oSickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust
  • oAbility to work on own initiative


  • oContribution to the development of a service
  • oEffective teaching skills
  • oInvolvement in Quality Improvement

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


St Charles Hospital

Exmoor Street


W10 6ND

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