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Consultant Psychiatrist

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £99,532 - £131,964 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, full time, substantive Consultant Psychiatrist to join our well-established In-patient Adult (working age) Rehabilitation Unit situated in Heather close within the London Borough of Lewisham.

Higher trainees (ST6 and above) who are due to CCT within next 6 months are very welcome to apply for this post, if you meet our eligibility criteria.

Heather close Number 5 is located in a leafy residential setting in Hither Green, not far from University hospital Lewisham. It does not meet the criteria for medium security and provides care for patients with psychosis with or without mild personality disorders, substance misuse and some challenging behaviours.

Heather Close no 5 is a 24 hour, 16-bedded, mixed sex (female and male), intensively staffed care facility, having the status of an in-patient service, and able to detain individuals under the 1983 Mental Health Act. It is part of the SLP service provision.

The unit offers specialist care, recovery and psychological programed for individuals aged between 18-65 years, with psychosis, complex needs, challenging behaviour, personality disorders and substance misuse, some of whom have forensic histories.

If you are looking for a rewarding clinical and leadership role in a well established

In patient rehabilitation setting, with junior doctor (specialty doctor and core trainee) and MDT support, and with opportunities to work closely with the Lewisham Management team and SLP (South London Partnership) in further developing the service and pathway, then this is the ideal post for you.

This is a 10 PA post (7.5 PA for direct clinical care and 2.5 PA for supporting professional activities).

For more details regarding the post please see the Job description attached.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will largely work in Heather close but will occasionally be expected to offer nominal cover for the Enhanced recovery team (ERT) which is the community Rehabilitation service. The ERT does have a full time Consultant and junior doctor cover, so the post holder will only need to provide nominal cover during periods of leave or in emergencies.

Apart from taking on a clinical role, the post holder will also undertake a leadership role and work closely with the Service Lead in running the service and maintaining all aspects of governance

The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable to both working with and leading developments in the service.

For further details, please see attached JD.

About us

  • Benefits offered by SLAM:

  • We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close-knit team at Slam. It's important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

    Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
    • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package, which is dependent on the role and length of service.
    • Work life balance, flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
    • Career development, there are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as leadership, mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
    • Car lease, our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
    • Accommodation, eligible staff benefit fromkeyworker housing which is available on selected sites
    • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through Health Service Discounts website.

    For further details, please see attached JD.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Provide Consultant input and contribute as member of the clinical leadership team

    Provide Consultant input to triage system for referrals into the service as required.

    When acting as Approved Clinician to take consultant responsibility and oversee assessment and management of patients, including medication regimes, advising and working closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team.

    Chair MDT ward rounds and CPA reviews, ensuring participation of patient, carers and the MDT.

    Assist with diagnosis, medication reviews, management plans, risk assessments, rehabilitation and self-help plans for patients with complex mental health problems.

    Work with service to develop a collaborative care model for patients with disorders falling within the remit of the team.

    For further details, please refer to attached JD.

    Person Specification

    Educational Qualification


    • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


    • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
    • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
    • Experience in other relevant specialties such as general adult psychiatry (inpatient and community settings



    • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
    • Included on the GMC Specialist Register with CCT or equivalent, in Rehabilitation Psychiatry or dual CCT in Rehab and General Adult Psychiatry OR within six months of doing so
    • Approved clinician status and under S12 OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment


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

    Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


    • Rehabilitation Psychiatry experience
    • Excellent knowledge 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
    • Experience as a Consultant Psychiatrist

    Academic Skills and Lifelong Learning


    • 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 quality improvement projects leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


    1-5 Heather Close,

    Hither Green


    SE13 6UG

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