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Consultant Psychiatrist - Old Age Psychiatry - Community

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum
Closing date
14 Jun 2024
Are you passionate about excellence in mental health care for older people? Do you want to work for a service that values you and your contribution?

We are seeking to recruit a substantive full time Consultant Psychiatrist to join our team here in Gateshead. The role is currently 10PA's but 8PA's can be considered.

This is an exciting time to join the Older Peoples Mental Health Team within the community setting as we are currently undertaking service improvement to ensure we continue to provide a high standard of responsive care and treatment. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role within this as we seek to improve the outcomes for patients with functional and organic mental health difficulties.

The successful candidate will also take over the role of Safe care Consultant Lead for the service, working collaboratively to ensure that patient safety and quality care remains at the heart of what we do.

You will enjoy close working relationships across the rest of the OPMH service including our functional and organic inpatient wards and across the acute hospital site with the older peoples pathway.

You will be required to join the on call rota, however this only covers Gateshead older adults.

In return, we offer a compassionate and supportive team approach, incentives and opportunities for your own development within the service.

We welcome informal discussions and visits to the service.

The job description is awaiting Royal College of Psychiatrists approval

Main duties of the job

  • Work to the GMCs good medical practice standards.
  • Assess and review complex new admissions.
  • Undertake diagnostic assessments.
  • Provide clinical expertise and leadership into the MDT.
  • Complete Mental Health Act assessments as required.
  • Support service development and if interested can take a lead in parts of service development.
  • Provide clear channels of communication with community services and primary care.
  • There may be a need for a flexible approach to a pattern of working which may change from time to time depending on the demands of the various areas of the service but this will be discussed with the post holder before any changes are made.
  • The post holder will need to maintain professional registration with the GMC and approval as an Approved Clinician and Section 12(2) approved doctor

About us

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is based in the North East of England and provide a range of health services from our leading facilities including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, QE Metro Riverside and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead.

Established in 2005 we were one of the first foundation trusts in the country and since then have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for patients. We employ around 3,400 staff and currently provide 580 hospital beds across Gateshead. Our primary focus is on providing excellent general health services to our local community complemented by key specialist areas including gynaecology, maternity, palliative care and old age psychiatry.

Alongside a full range of local hospital services, we provide breast screening services for Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and parts of Durham - and we are the North Eastern hub for the National Bowel Cancer and AAA Screening Programmes, covering a population of around seven million people. We provide cutting edge care from some of our state-of-the-art facilities including a �32m Emergency Care Centre, a �12m Pathology centre of excellence and the beautifully designed North East surgery centre.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Participate in the engagement, assessment, diagnosis, and formulation of patients.
  • Provide medical leadership, consultant, advice and guidance to ensure that care and treatment are safe, efficient, effective and within national guidelines.
  • Provide medical assessment, diagnosis and formulation. Upon completion, advise on diagnosis and treatment to the patient, family, clinical team, primary care and external providers.
  • To liaise, advise and consult with other consultants, working closely to ensure transitions are managed safely.
  • To respond quickly to changing clinical situations in order to manage risk and prevent relapse.
  • To make assessments and provide recommendations under the Mental Health Act.
  • To train and supervise trainee medical staff, including medical students and other allied professionals.
  • To contribute to the ongoing training and development programs within the service.
  • To lead and advise on research and audit projects in the service, in line with the clinical governance agenda.
  • To provide or ensure referral to the appropriate service for provision of up to date evidence based interventions.
  • To work with statutory and non-statutory services to provide a whole system approach to recovery.
  • To complete administrative tasks defined in the job plan as necessary to ensure patient safety and the fulfilment of the clinical role.
  • Participate in the locality on-call rota

Person Specification



  • Full registration with GMC
  • Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register/CCT in Old Age Psychiatry, or within 6 months of CCT date
  • Approved Clinician or willing to undergo AC training


  • MRCPsych



  • Evidence of working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proven work record of communication and organisational skills
  • Evidence of teaching and training skills for Junior Doctors.
  • Section 12 Approval
  • Meets the requirements of the GMC's Good Medical Practice
  • Good communication skills


  • Management training/courses
  • IT skills



  • Experience of Old Age psychiatry in community and hospital Settings
  • Able to liaise effectively with Primary Care, Social Services, Elderly Medicine and Voluntary Sector
  • Committed to Clinical Governance
  • Experience in and ongoing commitment to audit


  • Further relevant qualifications eg MRCP, DGM.
  • Experience of successful liaison with other agencies

Employer details

Employer name

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bensham Hospital

Fontwell Drive



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