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Specialty Doctor

West London NHS Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year Per annum plus London Weighting
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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We are looking for an experienced and motivated full time Specialty Doctor, to join our Specialist Community Forensic Team (Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon Hub), within the West London Forensic services, based at St Bernard's Hospital Ealing.

This is a full time fixed term post available from the beginning of August through to the beginning of April.

The salary range for this post is £50,373- £78,759 per annum plus London Zone Weighting.

Main duties of the job

You will be joining a well- established multi- disciplinary clinical team providing community care within our Specialist Community Forensic Team. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of a consultant forensic psychiatrist to provide effective, responsive, caring and safe treatment for our service users.

Each service user has a Responsible Clinician, Social Supervisor and CPN. You will work alongside this team to offer assessments and reviews in emergencies, assessments of service users referred to the service who are preparing for discharge from a secure ward and carry a small caseload of those preparing for transfer to the local CMHT.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will work closely with the responsible clinicians for the patients. You will be supervised by the consultant in the SCFT BHH hub. Other members of the multidisciplinary team include a clinical psychologist, CPNs, social workers, an occupational therapist, recover and peer support workers. There is also input from an arts therapy team providing art therapy, a family therapy team, a forensic psychotherapy team and the Drug and Alcohol Support Service.

Clinical duties

The following is a guide to the posts responsibilities, and is subject to review:

Clinical role
  • Contribute to assessment of service users referred to SCFT (both internally within WLFS and externally, e.g. from local psychiatric services). You may be able to lead on these at some point under supervision.
  • Contribute to SCFT support of service users preparing for discharge with SCFT follow up.
  • Provide medical input to the case management of community forensic patients within a multidisciplinary framework where changes to patient care are discussed in clinical team meetings. This will include routine reviews (with a multidisciplinary team member), CPA preparation, attendance and clinical note taking, crisis management and, when indicated, arrangements for the recall of conditionally discharged patients to hospital.
  • Support the Responsible Clinician through preparing medication histories and preparing notes reviews.
  • Gain specific experience in managing conditionally discharged service users with social supervisors and in liaising with the Ministry of Justice (including the preparation of quarterly reports in this context).
  • Coordinate care with other agencies including referral of stable SCFT service users to local psychiatric teams, liaison with primary healthcare services and other agencies.
  • Ensure timely and accurate documentation, including risk assessments and correspondence, including reports for MoJ and MHRTs.
  • Undertake forensic risk assessments from local services.
  • Attend at the weekly clinical team meetings, amber and referral meetings and monthly clinical governance and reflective practice meetings.
  • Liaise with Pharmacy and Primary Care on issues affecting service user care, including arranging and following up annual or planned healthcare reviews with our West London primary healthcare team.
  • Support the whole SCFT through leave cover for other specialty and ST doctors across the SCFT service
  • Be encouraged to become involved in Clinical Audit, both individually and collectively and will contribute to the improvement of the quality of the clinical work of the service by adopting evidence based practice.
  • Be committed to improving the quality of clinical care and will contribute to the Clinical Governance agenda within the service.
  • Have experience in teaching and training to a multidisciplinary group of professionals.

The post holder will have 10 PA. The overall split of the programmed activities is 8 PA direct clinical care 2 PA of Supporting Professional Activities.

The post does not include participation on the on call rota but this opportunity may be available if the postholder wished to undertake these.

There is a regular forensic Academic Programme based on site and via MS teams. The local programme includes case presentations and reflective practice. In addition, both the Trust and Scheme organise periodic CPD events to which trainees are invited. Trainees are encouraged to review with their supervisor those opportunities to participate in internal or external courses and CPD events relevant to their training that may arise. The post holder will be encouraged to attend a weekly Balint group.

Please see attached Job description for further details

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Additional clinical qualifications
Eligibility Essential
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice at the time of appointment
  • Good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
Clinical knowledge Essential
  • Excellent clinical skills in the assessment and management of service users who have required secure inpatient care
  • Training and experience on use and need for secure care, understanding least restrictive principles
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Excellent knowledge in speciality
  • Knowledge and experience in psychopharmacology
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Experience in a variety of therapies
Academic skills and lifelong learning Essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills or willing to undertake training to improve this
  • Participated or demonstrate willingness to participate in continuous professional development
  • Has actively participated or demonstrate a willingness to participate in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit or service improvement e.g. prizes or awards
  • Evidence of improving patient outcomes through service change or audit
Other requirements Essential
  • Mobile and able to travel to all Trust sites
  • Commitment to and compliance with Trust values

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