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Locum Consultant Learning Disability Psychiatrist

Pennine Care NHS FT
£93,666 to £126,281 a year PA, pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2024

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If you are looking for a Locum consultant psychiatrist role in Greater Manchester working with intellectually disabled adults, we would love to hear from you. You will be joining Pennine care LD team which was recently shortlisted for Rcpsych Intellectual disability Team of Year award and Nursing times award.

This is a part time community job based in the Pennine careIntegrated LD team, and you will work with a well-resourced multi-disciplinary team. You will have a dedicated office and IT access as well as facilities for remote working. There is exciting opportunity to undertake research and academic work with MMU university.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide psychiatric input to adults with learning disabilities of 18 years and older living within the Pennine care area. The post holder is expected to carry out assessments of complex cases and support development of multi-disciplinary management plans. There may, very occasionally, be the need to take on supervisor role for restricted patients. You are not responsible for any inpatient beds but there may be need to liaise with and provide advice to generic services for your admitted patients. You will work closely with the Local Authority and other partner agencies and contribute to the management of the team.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide psychiatric input to adults with learning disabilities of 18 years and older within the Pennine carearea.

It is also expected that psychiatric assessment, advice and liaison will be given in a variety of community locations. For example: The post holder is expected to carry out assessments of complex cases and support development of multi-disciplinary management plans.

With regards to inpatient cover, there are inpatient consultants who cover inpatient mental health wards and if learning disability clients are admitted due to acute mental health detoriation then the RC responsibilities will be taken over by inpatient consultant. However if the client is known to team then postholder will need to provide regular consultation and work jointly with inpatient RC.

The postholder will share will have provide cross cover for other LD consultants the responsibility for managing adult patients with learning disability within community

The consultant will be expected to work in close liaison with the wider community health teams, social services teams, provider services, and other statutory and voluntary agencies. The post holder is expected to:
  • Provide clinical leadership to the team.
  • Provide consultation and input in Care plan and treatment formulation, guidance on evidence-based treatment and effectiveness.
  • Ensure liaison and collaborative working with other services/agencies.
  • Ensure appropriate implementation of duties under the Mental Health Act.
  • Ensure multi-disciplinary, multi-agency and partnership working.
  • The department operates along a clinical directorate structure, with great emphasis on clinical governance and involving key senior clinicians in management decisions.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC Registration or eligibility to be included on the register
  • Eligible for inclusion in Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT. In possession of Section 12 approval/Approved Clinical Status


  • MRCPsych or equivalent.
  • Relevant Higher Degree or other additional clinical qualifications
  • CCT in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability



  • 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 Psychiatry
  • 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 Learning disability psychiatry 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 in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes


  • 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, presentations and publications
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Stepping Hill hospital



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