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Consultant Psychiatrist – General Adult or Forensic

West London NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum plus London Weighting
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Area of Work - Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT) - Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon Hub

We are offering a £10K Golden Hello (pro rata for part-time) for those in post for 2 years.

We offer an amazing £8000 relocation package to move closer to our hospital site, subject to the Recruiting Managers approval and Criteria as detailed in our R2 policy. For discussion and approval at point of appointment.

Applications are invited from candidates with experience of Forensic Psychiatry for a Consultant Psychiatrist post in the SCFT Team of West London Forensic Service (WLFS), West London NHS Trust. Although it is preferred that applicants have Higher Training in Forensic Psychiatry, this is not essential if experience in forensic psychiatry can be demonstrated. Applicants must be registered with a licence to practice with the GMC. Inclusion on the Specialist Register or within six months of interview is a requirement. All applicants should have Section 12 Approval and Approved Clinician Status or be able to apply

Contact Dr Catherine Penny, Clinical Director ( or Dr Heidi Hales, Medical Lead ( to arrange an informal discussion or visit

Stake Holder Interviews - 27th September 2022

AAC Panel - 30th September 2022

Main duties of the job

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a Trust that provides all aspects of forensic care and treatment, providing a large peer group and a range of opportunities to develop your clinical, management and leadership skills in a variety of settings. There are also opportunities to apply for funded sessions or use SPA time for leadership, medical education, research, QI and other linked activities. We seek to support you in your individual professional career, co-create the job of your dreams.

We have recently been successful with our bid to implement our Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT) model across the whole of North West and Central London. Working within this newly transformed and expanding team, there are many opportunities to be part of service development.

This exciting role is working within a dynamic and progressive team within SCFT. You will be working with a small but complex caseload of between 20 and 30 outpatients supported by a well-resourced multi-disciplinary team including social care and excellent administrative support. You will offer clinical leadership to the team and act as Responsible Clinician / Clinical Supervisor for the service users in your caseload, who will also have an assigned social supervisor and CPN. In addition you will offer community forensic expertise, advise and support to the ward team and service users preparing for discharge.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental and physical 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 arerated 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.

Covid-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Clinical responsibilities
  • The post holder will provide clinical leadership to the SCFT and have responsibility to provide / input into the care, treatment and risk management for patients under the care coordination of the SCFT. This will include co-working alongside inpatient teams.
  • The post holder will fulfil the Responsible Clinician role for those who are discharged from secure care for follow up by their hub, including all aspects of management (outpatient reviews, MHT and Managers Hearings (written and oral evidence), CPAs, ASRs and liaison with other organisations such as MAPPA, jigsaw, police, accommodation providers).
  • Direct patient contact will be distributed between the clinical base at St Bernards, the service users placement, a local clinical site within the hub area, remote consultations and hospital wards, as clinically appropriate. Travel time will be planned within working hours.
  • The caseload for each consultant will vary from 20-30 outpatients where they will be providing taking full Responsible Clinician (RC) responsibility and 20-30 inpatients where they will be supporting inpatient teams but having no RC responsibility. Overall caseloads of inpatient and outpatient should not be over 50. Exact caseload sizes and the balance between outpatients and inpatients will vary across time and can be reviewed and agreed by the job planning process. This will be reviewed through the job planning process.
  • The post holder will be actively involved in the assessment and transition of patients leaving secure care either from WLFS or from out of area private low and medium secure beds.

  • Please see attached JD and PS for full information

    Person Specification Clinical knowledge Essential
    • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
    Academic skills and lifelong learning Essential
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Participated in continuous professional development
    • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
    • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
    • Mobile and able to travel to Trust sites and hostels
    • Participated in research or service evaluation
    • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit or service improvement e.g. prizes or awards
    Qualifications Essential
    • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
    • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
    • MRCPsych
    • CCT in Forensic Psychiatry
    • Experience in forensic Community mental health care and / or rehabilitation of forensic patients
    • Use of relevant tools, e.g. HCR20, HONOS
    Eligibility Essential
    • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice at the time of appointment
    • GMC Specialist Register or within six months
    • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months 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
    • Good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

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