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Senior Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry (ST4-6)

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£43,923 to £63,152 per annum plus London Zone Allowance
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Part Time

Applications are invited for suitably qualified and experienced candidates who are currently in Core Training or soon to complete their Core Training in Psychiatry to join our team to support the Learning Disability Service.

The vacancy has arisen due to a previous ST4-6 post holder having successfully completed their training and a maternity leave gap. The post [0.8 WTE] is available from August 2024 until February 2025

Our St George's Higher Specialist Training Scheme in Psychiatry of Learning Disability has 5 approved posts covering the SW London boroughs of:
  • Sutton, Merton & Wandsworth (3 posts in total, with SW London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust)
  • Kingston & Richmond (2 posts, with Your Healthcare)

We also have 3 approved CT1-3 posts in Psychiatry of LD across our St George's / SW London region.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have access to formal training academic programmes together with other Health Education England trainees and other personal development opportunities. These posts offer opportunities to be on the middle-grade SW London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust on-call rota.

Inclusion on the on call rota is dependent on having or obtaining Section 12 approval status.

All available posts will offer some 'supporting professional activity' sessions, allowing the successful post holder to further develop their training portfolios to assist them in future career development and progress, according to their individual needs.

This could include engaging in Teaching, Audit, Research or other Specialist Clinical areas.

Our scheme's six Consultant Psychiatrists in LD are all approved educational supervisors, and have established publication records and active training involvement (e.g. MRCPsych CASC examining).

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Tolworth Hospital, Surbiton

To create the very best environment to care for our patients, this site's layout will be transformed in 2026 to add a number of wards to the existing three. Tolworth has a canteen and is near shops, the A3, Tolworth station, and is a bus ride from Surbiton station, with fast connections to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post(s) offers excellent opportunities to develop enhanced competencies in dealing with people with mild to profound learning disabilities, presenting with the full range of mental health problems and/or challenging behaviours, including:-
  • the care programme approach (CPA).
  • neuropsychiatry (including epilepsy)
  • neurodevelopmental disorders (including autism +/- ADHD)
  • psychopharmacology
  • psychosocial managements
  • liaison with other health and social care professionals.
  • facilitating access to mainstream mental health services.
  • working with service users and other partners to develop services in line with local needs and national policy.

All of our post(s) are community-based, and would be suitable for those wishing to pursue a future specialist registrar (ST4-6) or specialty doctor training path in any community-based psychiatric specialty (including learning disability, general / old age psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, forensic psychiatry, or CAMHS).

The South West London region is served by excellent road (including M25 motorway), rail and bus links.

It is essential that applicants should have completed 36 months full-time Core Training (or equivalent training) in Psychiatry.

It is desirable for this to include 4-6 months full-time equivalent in ONE of the following sub-specialties:

- Psychiatry of Learning Disability

- Old Age Psychiatry

- Neuropsychiatry


Applicants who have not yet completed all the components of the MRCPsych Exam are welcome to apply.

Please see the person specification for full details.


Please be aware that the closing date is given as a guide. The vacancy will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Full General Medical Council (GMC) Registration with a licence to practice.
  • Section 12 approved for the purposes of Mental Health Act (MHA) work OR potentially eligible for approval.
  • Passed written components of the MRCPsych Paper B


  • Passed written components of the MRCPsych Paper B
  • Passed MRCPsych CASC



  • At least 36 months full-time equivalent experience at Core Trainee level or equivalent in Psychiatry.
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams in Psychiatry
  • Assessment & Treatment of severe mental illness in adults.


  • 4-6 months full-time equivalent experience (at Core Trainee level (or equivalent) in ONE of the following: Psychiatry of Learning Disability Old Age Psychiatry Neuropsychiatry or CAMHS.
  • Assessment & Treatment of severe mental illness in adults with learning disability.

Skills & Personal Qualities


  • Basic IT skills
  • Good communication skills, including spoken and written English. Capacity to communicate effectively and sensitively with others.
  • Experience of working in a team, including: capacity to work co-operatively with others and show leadership when appropriate capacity to work effectively in multi-professional and multi-agency teams
  • Capacity and motivation to treat others with understanding and sensitivity, and to see patients as people
  • Good knowledge and awareness of the Mental Capacity Act
  • Good awareness of the bio-psycho-social model in assessing & managing people with complex needs & mental illness. Capacity to see beyond the obvious, and to bring a range of approaches to solving problems.


  • Good awareness of the 'recovery model' and social inclusion principles for mental illness.
  • Experience in the management of patients with LD and Autism
  • Interest in, and experience of, Teaching.
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Evidence of involvement in an Audit project OR a Quality Improvement project,

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Jubilee Health Centre East

6 Stanley Park Road



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