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Specialty Doctor in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 a year
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a trainee who has come to the end of core training, looking for your next challenge and want to step out of training? Or are you looking for a CESR programme?

We are seeking applicants who are looking for a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health and learning disability trusts. Who would like to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to peoples lives to enjoy a better future. Who wishes to develop their leadership skills in a supportive environment, enjoy working collaboratively with others and use their initiative and creativity to bring about change.

The post would be suited, but not exclusively, to a committed candidate wishing to pursue an application for Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR). Candidates who choose this route are well supported within the Trust. Application fees and up to 2 SPA S can be awarded for protected SPA time.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant multidisciplinary team, develop your special interest and psychiatry practice while having the best of what Devon offers. This is a 10PA post with no on call responsibilities. However, we welcome candidates wishing to work less than full time.

Main duties of the job

The postholders responsibilities will be to provide psychiatric services to adults with Intellectual Disabilities under the care of the community-based North and Mid Devon Intensive Assessment and Treatment Team (IATT). In addition, we operate an In reach inpatient model of care across Devon requiring you to work, as required, with patients from the North and Mid Devon area admitted to the, Additional Support Unit, Exeter, supported by their RC. Regular supervision will be provided by Dr Reena Haq, Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability (1.0WTE), who also works across both teams. The post holder will have a commitment to collaborative working and actively supporting and liaising with other health and social professionals and agencies as well as have good relationships with mental health services.

This post is currently vacant due to the previous substantive post holder commencing higher training.The post is substantive and there is no on call responsibility.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • Interest in maintaining up to date clinical knowledge base.


  • Enthusiasm to contribute to research on site. Publications in peer reviewed journals. IT skills.

Personal Skills and CPD


  • Ability to communicate with clarity in spoken and written form. Flexible approach, keen to accept new challenges. Punctuality/good time management. Honesty and integrity. Well organised. Commitment to process of CPD. Ability to organise own learning/CPD.


  • Ability to critically examine practice. Registered with Royal College of Psychiatrists for CPD.



  • MB BS or equivalent. GMC registration.


  • Membership or Affiliateship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent. Approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983.



  • Has completed at least four years full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of these years need to be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty or the doctor has equivalent experience and competencies.


  • Experience at SHO level or above of working in the field of intellectual Disability Psychiatry.

Practical Arrangements and Physical


  • Meets professional health requirements. Ability to be mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner and in accordance to service need.


  • Access to appropriate transport to fulfil the post.

Clinical Skills and Knowledge


  • Excellent clinical skills in interviewing and physical and psychological assessment of patients. Writing comprehensive, clear medical notes. Ability to manage crises and act independently. Ability to manage potentially violent and disturbed patients. Confidence in assessing and managing physical health problems and emergencies. Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983.


  • Up to date CPR training. Ability to apply psychological models to practical situations. Evidence based knowledge of forensic psychiatry. Knowledge of clinical risk management. Knowledge of relevant Mental Health legislation.

Clinical Governance


  • Commitment to involvement in on site programme of clinical governance.


  • Knowledge of evidence based practice, clinical audit and involvement of users and carers in service provision.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Devon Partnership Trust

Phoenix Lane



EX16 6LB

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