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Specialty Doctor in Old Age Psychiatry - Denbigh Ward

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024
This appointment is attached to Willow Ward, Fulbourn hospital. The ward is an 18 bed mixed sex unit for older adults with functional mental illness for assessment and treatment.

The OPMHS offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and community orientated service in Old Age Psychiatry to the population in the geographical area covered. It is supported by modern inpatient areas with good facilities. The Maples is a 22 bedded ward at the Cavell Centre in Peterborough with separate areas for patients with organic and functional illnesses (8 beds and 14 beds respectively). Willow and Denbigh Wards provide beds for patients with functional (18 beds) and organic illness (14 beds) on the Fulbourn site in Cambridge. ECT is available within the service.

Main duties of the job

Key Tasks Include:

Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the assessment and management of patients with acute mental disorders.

To work within the multidisciplinary specialist pathway and share responsibility for day to day management of the services, including the team's physical health clinics.

Teaching and training of junior staff, medical students and other disciplines.

To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance, audit and research.

To have responsibility for ensuring active participation in continuing professional development (CPD).

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including people with long term conditions and members of our ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

This appointment is attached to Denbigh Ward, Fulbourn hospital. The ward is a 14 bed mixed sex specialist dementia unit for older adults with organic mental illness for assessment and treatment. The post holder will:

Provide medical input to the day to day functioning of the Ward including the admission and treatment of the patients.

Psychiatric reviews of service users supporting a multidiscipline approach.

Regular participation and contribution to team handovers, ward rounds, and multidisciplinary Care Programme Approach (CPA) reviews.

Work effectively to facilitate timely discharge of patients from hospital.

Ensure effective and timely documentation, including admission and discharge summaries, Mental Health Act reports, progress notes, and communicating clinical decision making and management plans to relevant parties.

Liaise with partner agencies, including acute hospitals, social services, primary care and private and voluntary agencies to ensure effective joint working in the provision of care to service users, for example, in discharge planning.

To undergo annual appraisal and job planning.

To contribute to audit activities and ongoing research activities.

Actively participate in local and trust wide educational activities. The services regularly have medical student attachments and involvement in teaching is encouraged.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC registration and licence to practice with the General Medical Council
  • MBBS or equivalent formal qualification


  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Approval under section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983



  • Completed minimum of 4 years full-time postgraduate training (or equivalent) of which 2 will be in a specialty training programme in psychiatry or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty
  • Experience engaging in and delivering of clinical supervision and training.
  • Proven experience of good working relationships within a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Experience of teaching and speaking to wider stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in research and service evaluation work.

Skills Knowledge and Ability


  • Extensive knowledge of old age psychiatry, community mental health service delivery model(s) and research issues.
  • Knowledge of policy and legislation relating to mental health and social care services.
  • Decision-making and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to travel effectively and quickly across large geographical area including rural areas.


  • Experience in audit, investigation of complaints or similar.
  • Understanding of use and need for, performance management information.
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of stake-holders fostering collaborative working.

Qualities and Attributes


  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to foster good inter-team/interagency working relationships.
  • Able to demonstrate initiative and be proactive.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Denbigh Ward

Fulbourn Hospital


CB21 5BQ

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