Skip to main content

Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum plus 10% R&R payment and 1% on-call supplement
Closing date
11 Aug 2024

View more

Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Contract Type
Full Time
We looking to appoint a Consultant in Learning Disability to a post comprising of a small community caseload and an inpatient unit.

The post holder would be RC for Byron Ward inpatient unit, based at Hollins Park Hospital and also a small community caseload of 75-80 patients based out of Norris Green Hub in Liverpool.

Post is supported by MDT team and junior doctors.

We are looking for a committed doctor who is keen to work to develop services and improve patient care. We will be relocating to a new inpatient facility and their leadership will be vital in the running of the new unit.

Main duties of the job

The LD services in Liverpool have a 9 bed in patient unit (Byron Ward, based at Hollins Park Hospital in Warrington), a 5 bed respite unit in Central Liverpool called Wavertree Bungalow and community LD services that are based at Norris Green Hub.

The post holder will have RC responsibility for patients on the Byron Ward and a small community patch in Liverpool (L15/16/17/18/19/24/25/26/27). The area covered is south and central Liverpool which has areas of deprivation as well as affluence. Post holder will be based at Norris Green hub where his/her medical secretary and Nurse Practitioners are also based.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region (Halton, Warrington, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens) and is also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Consultant psychiatrist will have responsibility for their caseload and inpatients.
  • To supervise and support team members who carry out assessments of patients referred to the team. To carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide medical interventions for patients.
  • Supporting staff to manage psychiatric emergencies.
  • To conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews, birth planning meetings, CPA reviews, discharge planning meetings and multi-professional meetings
  • To be the responsible clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and carry out duties in accordance with the code of practice.
  • To carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and participate in Trusts risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings (H-RAMM) and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) Meetings if required.
  • To provide medical leadership to the team.
  • Maintain high level of effective communication with other parts of the Mental health service across the Trust, across maternity services and primary care.
  • Liaison with families / carers
  • Liaison with aspects of the Criminal Justice System regarding patients, where necessary.
  • Liaising with other stakeholders and interested parties.

Please see job description for further details.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


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



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



  • MRCPsych or MRCPsych equivalent
  • 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 & Experience


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty Learning Disability Psychiatry
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty Learning Disability Psychiatry
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty Learning Disability Psychiatry
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit


  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Byron Ward, Hollins Park Hospital

Hollins Lane



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert