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Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry (OPHA CMHT and HTT)

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024
CNWL are currently looking for a full time time, 10 PA, substantive Older Adults Consultant Psychiatrist, within the Older Adults Community Mental Helt Team.

The Westminster OPHA CMHT is a well-established multidisciplinary team located in Victoria, London and covers the whole of the City of Westminster. The CMHT includes an integrated Home Treatment Team. Staff are experienced in multi-agency working. The OPHA CMHT acts as a single point of access to the service with referrals being triaged daily and feedback discussed at daily clinical meetings that are chaired by the Team Manager. The OPHA CMHT undertake comprehensive assessments and treatment. All qualified team members carry out standardised initial assessments, which are discussed at the daily team meetings.

Thisis a replacement post that has become available following the current consultant leaving the NHS to take up a role in the private sector.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide senior medical responsibility for the assessment and management of patients in the team.
  • Act as Clinical supervisor to post graduate medical trainees and the Specialty doctor in the team.
  • Provide oversight of and contribution to robust care planning, risk assessment and risk management processes.
  • Support recruitment and ensure optimal retention of team members and uphold morale
  • Ensure good service quality and performance.
  • Ensure training needs of psychiatry trainees and medical students are met as well as supporting training of other junior clinical staff.
  • Ensure own CPD.

About us

The OPHA Community Mental Health Team in Westminster is a well-established multidisciplinary team providing community services covering the borough of Westminster. The team supports older adults with both functional and organic disorders, although early-stage memory difficulties usually will be referred through the memory service. The team operates to needs-led service criteria rather than age, using the standards published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The team consists of an integrated Home Treatment Team who manage patients in crisis at risk of requiring in-patient admission or to facilitate early discharge from hospital.

Westminster Adult Home Treatment Team (HTT):This team operates of two hubs, one at Woodfield Road in the north of the borough and one at 192 Vauxhall Bridge road, adjacent the premises of the community team in the south of the borough.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Duties:
  • The post-holder will have consultant clinical responsibility, leadership and expertise for catchment area patients referred to the Westminster Older People and Healthy Ageing CMHT. He/she will be expected to assess, follow up and carry a case load of the most complex cases referred to the OPHA CMHT & HTT. The post holder will support multi-disciplinary working in all aspects of patient care.
  • Westminster OA HTT gatekeep Kershaw (on both Kershaw and 3BP) and Redwood ward inpatient beds for Westminster patients. They contact the ward to request a bed for admission. The post holder will provide consultant input into relevant clinical decisions involving bed flow and bed management.
  • He/she will provide clinical expertise to help support and develop the provision of community mental health services for older people in Westminster.
  • He/she as the clinical expert will play an active role in developing and realising the strategic direction of the service
  • He/she will support the service manager in the management of the service.
  • He/she will audit clinical activity and lead quality improvement work leading to more effective and better quality as well as targeted services

General Duties:
  • To manage, appraise and provide professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed with the medical director, during cross cover and in accordance with the Trusts policies and procedures.
  • To ensure that junior medical staff working with the post holder, operate within the parameters of the New Deal and are Working Time Directive compliant.
  • To respond to exception reports submitted by trainees in a timely manner.
  • To undertake administrative duties associated with the care of patients.
  • To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively and submit this promptly through the trusts clinical information systems.
  • To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.
  • To participate in the annual appraisal for consultants.
  • To attend and participate in the academic program of the Trust, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD program.
  • To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval, and to abide by professional codes of conduct.
  • To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services, and share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to management.
  • To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the medical director and other managers in preparing plans for services
  • To be flexible and willing to undertake duties according to the needs of the service, including representing the service at the Directorate strategic meetings if needed.

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications and Training


  • Primary Medical Degree
  • Full GMC registration
  • Section 12 MHA Approved
  • Approved Clinician
  • CCT in psychiatry (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date)


  • MRCPsych (or equivalent)
  • Post graduate qualification of relevance to Old Age specialty
  • Inclusion on the specialist register as an older adult psychiatrist

Experience, Skills And Abilities


  • Experience of assessment and treatment of mental disorders (functional and organic) in older people in either community, day hospital, in-patient and / or liaison settings
  • Experience of working in specialist multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience of CPA approach, and partnership working with colleagues in health (primary and secondary), social care and voluntary services.
  • Proficient in risk assessment and management
  • Experience and training in health service management
  • IT skills
  • Evidence of completed clinical audit projects
  • Evidence of undergraduate and postgraduate trainee teaching
  • Experience of service development/business planning


  • Placement in general practice/Geriatric Medicine
  • Completed research projects
  • Publications in peer- reviewed journals.
  • Experience of memory service management
  • Experience of teaching non- medical staff/carers

Personal Skills & Qualities


  • Excellent communication and empathic skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


190 Vauxhall Bridge Road



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