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Locum Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability, MHLD service

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum pro rata for the duration of the contract
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Mental Health of Learning Disability (MHLD) service in Kent and Medway as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability. This is a new post which has been created by upgrade of a vacant part-time Consultant post and reconfiguration of Consultant catchment areas. The MHLD service provides specialist mental health care to people with an intellectual disability in Kent and Medway. The post holder will be a member of the West Kent MHLD Team and primarily provide Psychiatry input as necessary for people with an intellectual disability living in the Maidstone and Swale areas. The appointee will work with psychology and nursing colleagues to provide care in the community for people with an intellectual disability presenting with mental illness and/or challenging behaviour and needing specialist interventions. The post holder will become part of an established group of committed, experienced Consultants in the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and will be encouraged to make a major contribution to service innovation and development. We have a friendly and supportive working culture.

Main duties of the job

The MHLD service comprises two locality teams covering West and East Kent. The post holder will work within the West Kent MHLD Team. Within each team Consultant Psychiatrists are primarily focused on one smaller catchment area within it, in this case 'Maidstone & Swale'. This catchment area includes the towns of Maidstone and Sittingbourne and some areas near and the Isle of Sheppey. There is a whole time CT post to support the postholder. The postholder will also be supported with Maidstone & Swale patients by 4 sessions per week from a Specialty doctor. The West Kent MHLD Team has psychiatrists, nurses, and psychologists as part of its multi-disciplinary staffing. The MHLD service works closely with the community learning disability team (CLDT) in the Kent Community Health Foundation Trust which includes other professionals such occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.

The post holder will:

provide psychiatric care to patients referred to the West Kent MHLD team (and contribute to cross cover for other areas if needed). Within the West Kent MHLD area the post holder will focus their clinical input on patients in the Maidstone & Swale area or 'patch'.

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 providing brilliant 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:

Financial support for relocation of up to �8,000

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

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 Relocation Allowance, then please contact our Medical Staffing Team: .

Person Specification



  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych


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



  • 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



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



  • Excellent knowledge and experience in specialty
  • 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



  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • 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


  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Albion Place


ME14 5DY

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