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Consultant Psychiatrist (Mental Health Access team)

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
5 Aug 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000** please see T& C's for further information

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust are looking for a Consultant Psychiatrist to join our Mental Health Gateway Team.

The Consultant will be expected to undertake 11 programmed activities per week divided into 7.5 Direct Clinical Care (DCC) and 2.5 Supporting Professional Activity (SPA) with a further session to cover emergency or unplanned work. These duties will be negotiated with the Specialty Clinical Director, Adult Mental Health Services, East locality and in the first year the post holder will be expected to spend more time in service development (SPA sessions) working in partnership with managers, commissioners and clinicians to support the establishment of the mental health gateway team. The consultant will be expected to undertake a key leadership role in the development of the service and its operational protocol.

Main duties of the job

The role of the consultant is to support the triage and screening of referrals to the team, offering consultation to referrers and member of the team and supporting the process of signposting, referral and discharge from the team. Screening appointments in the form of face to face assessments (in clinic or at home) of those cases which are complex or likely to benefit from medical expertise, and also to provide consultation/ supervision to the multidisciplinary team as a whole, as envisaged by New Ways of Working. Close liaison with wider primary care services will be a key part of the role, by contacting GPs directly about patients and by attending regular meetings with local practices to improve the interface with mental health services and enhance the ability of medical colleagues working in primary care. Whilst clinical sessions will primarily be delivered within the mental health resource centres based in Crewe, Winsford, Ellesmere Port or within the Acute Hospital Trust at Leighton, there may be an occasional need to undertake appointments at other venues including GP surgerie

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a Silver award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


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

Clinical Skills, Knowledge and 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

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Mental Health Access Team West & Central



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