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Consultant Psychiatrist - Ward 3

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum plus London Zone Allowance
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
We are looking for a Consultant Psychiatrist to join the Service Line, on Ward 3, an acute psychiatric ward at Springfield Hospital in Tooting. This post has become available because of the retirement of the current postholder.

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including high secure services, at Springfield Hospital.

We are a dynamic, financially stable mental health trust which has consistently been rated 'good' by the CQC both overall and specifically for our acute & urgent care services. We are several years into a Trust Wide quality improvement programme involving all clinicians, which is already delivering results. We have invested in further improvements to our acute and urgent care services, including one of the UK's first mental health A& Es (now evolving into a mobile service), as well as Recovery Cafes and a Psychiatric Decision Unit.

Closing date: 21st July 2024 (midnight)

Assessment date: 5th August 2024 via MS Teams

Interview date (via MS Teams): 6th August 2024 via MS Teams

Job Ref: 294-MEDI-0343-ABM-A

Main duties of the job

Ward 3 is a mixed ward with 18 beds, and 2 surge beds used at time of high demand. The ward has a full multidisciplinary team including consultant, two core trainee doctors (one a core psychiatry trainee and the other a GPVTS trainee), a higher trainee in psychiatry , psychologist (0.5 wte), OT, specialist nurses, activity workers, healthcare assistants, ward clerk and ward manager.

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users with our Trust values- being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open - at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you'll be part of something special - an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

About the location:

We're small enough to be a friendly Trust, but big enough to have internationally recognised, innovative and sometimes ground-breaking services. We have an integrated academic programme, an established quality improvement programme, and good links with our local universities. We're widely known for the quality of our training, for treating everyone as individuals, and for supporting consultants to develop external roles and special interests. We're in a beautiful, leafy part of one of the world's greatest capital cities. We're currentlyspending over �150million rebuilding our 2 main hospitals - Springfield Hospital in Tooting and Tolworth Hospital in Surbiton.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking- You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of �20/month.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Medical leadership, working in the multi-disciplinary team and working closely with, and providing cross-cover to other Consultant Psychiatrists and occasionally their Associate Clinical Director within their borough or service line.
  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, initiation of medication, and the recovery focused care delivered by the Team
  • Availability within normal working hours 5 days a week for urgent review and management including formal Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Providing cross-cover for consultant colleagues where necessary (Ward 3 and Jupiter Ward consultant colleagues are paired for leave, but occasionally there may be other requirements for cover)
  • Management of complex cases
  • Allocation of resources, in collaboration with the team manager, to service users and carers.
  • Ensuring the delivery of effective, efficient, and safe, recovery focused mental health care.
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working with social care, statutory and voluntary and third sector partners.

Person Specification



  • Primary Medical degree
  • Full GMC registration with licence to practice.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register for General Adult Psychiatry or eligible for such inclusion on the Specialist Registrar within three months of completing their CCT.
  • Section 12 (2) approval of the Mental Health Act
  • Approved Clinician (AC)


  • Qualification in a talking therapy such as CBT, DBT or MBT
  • Qualifications in change management and service development skills

KNOWLEDGE: & EXPERIENCE: Critical Expertise in Specialty


  • Completed minimum of three years full time training in approved higher psychiatric training scheme.
  • A detailed knowledge of main treatment approaches for severe mental illness including psychopharmacological interventions


  • Knowledge and experience of the CPA process, risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience of teaching medical and non-medical staff, including those who may not have a formal qualification



  • Commitment to developing practice through clinical audit and/or research
  • Commitment to working with allied agencies including carer's groups, and local charities.


  • Experience of service planning and development
  • Experience of working with third sector partners



  • Evidence of participation in research, and outcomes of studies


  • Higher degree in research
  • Completion of a research project and evidence of its dissemination
  • Publication in a peer reviewed journal



  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry


  • Teaching Qualification

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Building 30 Storey, Springfield University Hospital

7 Springfield Drive


SW17 0YF

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