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Locum Consultant Psychiatrist - Canterbury and Coastal Community

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 pro rata per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
This post offers the opportunity to show clinical expertise in a variety of different areas. It is a well supported role with a cohesive team of nurses, OTs, Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioners. There are opportunities for teaching, management and QI.

Staff are currently being trained in Open Dialogue which is a new way of working and has so far brought a refreshing change of perspective for staff working in the CMHT. This new approach is likely to lead to improved wellbeing for both staff and patients.

Kent is a large county with a strong rural history. Its strategic position has left its mark with many important historical sites. It has close links with London. This backdrop is the perfect setting to develop one's personal and professional life.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide medical input as required to patients under care of the Community Mental Health Team and will attend CPAs for enhanced patients and provide urgent assessment/advice as required.
  • Lead regularly on screening of new referrals to the team (rotational responsibility between the Consultants).
  • The post holder would be expected to actively participate in service/team evaluation and the planning of future service developments.
  • Empowers the team to resolve local issues on a daily basis using the tools and method of quality improvement without staff having to seek permission.
  • To manage, appraise and give professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed between consultant colleagues and the medical director and in accordance with the Trust's personnel policies and procedures. This may include assessing competences under the Modernising Medical Careers framework.
  • To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.
  • The postholder will join the Consultant on-call rota. This is currently 1:30 (non residential) and is remunerated with a 3% category A supplement and 0.5 PA in addition to 5PA sessions.

About us

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing vital mental health, learning disability, and specialist services to a population of 1.8 million people across Kent and Medway.

Join our extensive network of medical professionals and contribute to making a positive impact. We offer exceptional professional development opportunities, allowing you to hone your skills while enjoying the high quality of life in the picturesque Garden of England.

Collaborate with the prestigious Kent and Medway Medical School, be at the forefront of integrated care, and prioritise individual well-being. If you're passionate about research, join our internationally recognised team and contribute to shaping the future of healthcare.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providingbrilliant care through brilliant people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For detailed information regarding the role, please refer to the attached job description and person specification. The job description will provide you with the main duties and responsibilities of the role. The person specifications will detail the qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience required for the role.

Part time or job-share applications are welcome.

Our Benefits

Here are just some of our Benefits:
  • Easy access to inhouse research team and academic opportunity through Kents own Medical school
  • Generous annual leave and study leave entitlement and access to the fantastic NHS pension scheme
  • Holiday of a Lifetime Scheme Bank your annual leave to save up for that all important extended break
  • Flexible working - just ask and we will try to help
  • Excellent Learning and Development opportunities - We offer doctors at all grades the chance to engage in leadership, educational, research, quality improvement development and seek growth opportunities tailored to their areas of interest
  • Free access to an independent counselling service
  • Blue Light Card - A discount service for the NHS, with thousands of amazing discounts
  • Car lease scheme
  • A variety of staff network forums which empower, support and encourage network members and allies, to reflect KMPT values and promote equality and diversity.

*If you would like further information, or to know the full terms of the Recruitment Bonus and/or Relocation Allowance, then please contact our Medical Staffing

Person Specification



  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • Additional relevant clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Excellent knowledge in speciality
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA


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

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • Ability to work in and lead a team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation.
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients



  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Laurel House



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