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Consultant Psychiatrist - Mental Health Complex Care

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year p.a
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is for a Consultant Psychiatrist to cover our Mental Health Complex Care Service for the West of the County of Dorset.

This post is flexible to the needs of the service and is supported by a Nurse Practitioner Approved Clinician as well as the wider Complex Care Service Senior Team and medics based in the East of the County. At times, supervision of trainee doctors may be required.

Recruitment and Retention: A payment of �20,000 to be paid as two lump sums. The first �10,000 will be paid on appointment in the role and the remaining �10,000 will be made on the anniversary of the start date. Both payments will be subject to deductions at source.

Alongside this, we offer fantastic career development and enhancements.We can provide a generousrelocation package of up to �10,000if you are interested in moving to our beautiful county

We would love to hear from you to discuss how together we might design this role around you and your specialist interests. Work-life balance is important to all of us, when we support staff to achieve this there are benefits for you, our patients, and the Trust.We are committed to enabling flexible working and would welcome discussions around this. This may include but is not limited to compressed hours over four days, job sharing, part time working and home working.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide medical input into the in-patient rehabilitation unit and Community Rehab Team (CRT), both based in Dorchester and the Assertive Outreach Team based at Westhaven Hospital in Weymouth.

This post is flexible to the needs of the service and is supported by a Nurse Practitioner Approved Clinician as well as the wider Complex Care Service Senior Team and medics based in the East of the County. At times, supervision of trainee doctors maybe required.

The Pan Dorset Mental Health Complex Care Service serves the whole of the county of Dorset and comprises of two inpatient rehab units one in the east of the county, Nightingale House, in Bournemouth and Glendinning in Dorchester in the west of the county and a Community Rehabilitation Team (CRT), which is split into two hubs East and West, along with two Assertive Outreach Teams, again one East, one West. The service provides specialist assessment, treatment interventions and support to enable the recovery of people whose complex needs cannot be met by general adult mental health services.

The post holder will work with the teams that provide community and inpatient based services to patients registered with general practitioners within the West of Dorset. (Dorset locality)

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots ofways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please visit our Microsite for more information regarding our Trust.

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification



  • General medical Qualification e.g. MBBS, or equivalent and hold a Licence to Practise.
  • MRCPsych or recognised equivalent, e.g. membership of a psychiatry college in another country.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • Additional clinical qualification



  • Must be in possession or within 6 months of possession of a CCT in Psychiatry or on Specialist Register in Psychiatry.
  • On Specialist Register in enter specialism Psychiatry.
  • Section 12(2) approval and Approved Clinician approval or ability to obtain approval before starting post


  • Experience of medicine outside psychiatry e.g. general practice, medicine.

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wider medical knowledge.
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Make decisions based on evidence and experience including contribution of others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Teaching Experience
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within the NHS or comparable service.

Management Skills


  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of good patient care
  • Able to manage priorities
  • Evidence of management/Leadership skills training


  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff

Leadership Skills


  • Understand principles of leadership and give examples of leadership in own practice.
  • Able to provide clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.

Clinical Governance


  • An understanding of the importance of Clinical Governance in the NHS organisations and importance in patient care.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation

Supervision of Junior medical Staff


  • Knowledge of requirements for supervision and appraisal of junior medical staff.
  • Approved educational supervisor training

Self Awareness


  • To have an understanding of own strengths and weaknesses and how these attributes affect professional functioning
  • To have an understanding of the stresses involved in being a consultant psychiatrist and how to manage these appropriately.

Research and Audit


  • Experience of carrying out an audit project
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication
  • Ability to supervisor junior medical staff undertaking research projects


  • Published audit project
  • Ability to critically appraise published research

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Forston/ Glendinning Unit

Herrison Road,



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