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Consultant Psychiatrist - Assessment & Recovery, Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about delivering sustainable, high quality community mental health services?

We are looking for a Consultant psychiatrist to provide medical input to the Bristol Mental Health Assessment and Recovery South Team.

The AWP Assessment and Recovery teams are currently based at Petherton Resource Centre (this post), Speedwell Centre and the Greenway Centre. The Assessment and Recovery (A& R) Service part of the service delivery is provided by Mental Health Bristol, a formal partnership of local providers of health and social care in Bristol including AWP.

The Assessment and Recovery services are structured to increase the amount of 'contacts' staff have with service users, to improve access to the service by integration within communities and GP settings. They provide a service for all adults over the age of 18, and in transition from CAMHS, except those who are only diagnosed with dementia. The service operates from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year.

The team embraces a multidisciplinary approach, with the doctors being integral members and clinical leaders.

There are well established PDP groups in the Bristol Locality where the Consultants participate in Peer supervision, and you will be encouraged to join one.

The post is supported by GP and FY2 trainees, Higher Trainees and medical students making for a strong, friendly and lively medical base within the team

Main duties of the job

As the post holder you will deliver direct interventions to service users at a level of intensity according to need including those service users who require an assertive approach and are difficult to engage. This will include on-going assessment, diagnoses (including review and clarification) and treatment of mental and physical health needs.

You will supervise the medical team that provides medical care and act as RC for service users in Supervised Community Treatment, in collaboration with other teams and Consultants.

Each Assessment and Recovery Team is divided into 3 clusters according to GP populations. As the post holder you will hold medical responsibility within a specific cluster and will work closely with around 5-6 GP practices.

You will be expected to undertake 2 new assessments and 2 medical follow up assessments per week (WTE) to support the assessment function of the team. In addition, on average per week there are about 10 Recovery medical appointments, arranged in 2 clinic blocks (allowing a degree of flexibility).

You will be encouraged to develop an area of special clinical interest in line with service needs.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g MD,PHD,Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.



  • 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 of gaining CCT
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • CCT in General Adult Psychiatry



  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in a community setting.
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement

Personal Skills


  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Ability to appraise own performance as a Consultant.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills

Clinical Skills


  • Ability to assess and treat psychiatric problems in Adults of working age and to deal with crisis situations.



  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation.


  • Knowledge of alternatives to inpatient admission care approaches



  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.


  • Experience as an Educational Supervisor for trainees

Research and Audit


  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project.



  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.


  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Petherton Resource Centre


BS14 9BP

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