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Specialist Grade Psychiatrist HMP Elmley

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Isle of Sheppey
£83,945 to £95,275 a year plus £1,000 pcm Recruitment & Retention Premium
Closing date
22 Jul 2024
Applications are welcome from Specialist Psychiatrist Doctors with 6+ years in the grade to meet the minimum criteria of the post.

This post attracts a Recruitment and Retention Premium of �1,000 pcm.

The post holder is expected to be Section 12 registered and appointed to a full-time, 10 PA role, providing cover for HMP Elmley mental health services. Following appointment there will be a meeting at no later than three months with the Clinical Director or Kent Prison Lead to review and revise the job plan and objectives of the post holder and agree the formal job plan. The job plan will be reviewed at least annually thereafter.

The overall split of the programmed activities is 8 to be devoted to direct clinical care and 2 to Supporting Professional Activities. The timetable is indicative only and will be reviewed. The SPA time available will allow achieving appraisal and revalidation requirements for the GMC and meeting PDP objective. There are no out of hours on-call associated with this post.

Main duties of the job

Clinical work - HMP Elmley (8 PA DCC)
  • assessing prisoners in the house-blocks and in Healthcare
  • liaising with services outside the prison to arrange CPAs, aftercare plans or transfers to hospital
  • attending the inpatient unit to manage psychiatric cases. The inpatient unit has 29 beds, of which about 70% have mental-health related difficulties
  • clinical cover to HMP Stanford Hill, a D-category prison adjacent to Elmley with a very small number of patients mainly managed by mental health practitioners.
  • quality improvement initiatives, to be agreed with multidisciplinary colleagues and the service managers.

Take a lead in the management of complex cases and provide clinical leadership of team.

Quality improvement/Research/Teaching- (2 SPA)
  • These sessions can be used flexibly and the post holder can base themselves remotely (Base of their choice) unless required to be on site for data collection or clinical activities associated with this.
  • The activities could include clinical audits, research projects, service improvement or other tasks associated with clinical governance
  • The research or quality improvement activity may be part of further education such as masters or PhD or other postgraduate qualifications

The postholder would be encouraged to undertake the AC status course.

About us

At Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, we offer a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South-East London and to people in prison across England. Our wide array of services includes community health care, such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies.

Oxleas is a great place to work. It has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work 2023 by the Sunday Times amongst very big employers. Oxleas won Trust Of The Year 2024 at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards. Our staff survey results show that we are in the Top 5 in England and the highest in London for staff experience amongst similar trusts.

We are always delighted to welcome new colleagues to the Oxleas family. We care about making Oxleas a great place to work - it's a big priority in our strategy. Come and join us - it's a place where our values, teamwork, equity, and wellbeing matter and where you can really help to improve people's lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post includes an interesting and varied range of clinical responsibilities for prisoners with a wide range of clinical conditions, including acute and chronic mental illness, personality disorder and ADHD.

Within the stepped care model, the Elmley service screens about 40 referrals per week. The in-reach team holds a caseload of about 90. New assessments are normally slotted into the ward rounds (Inpatients) and into prearranged out-patient Clinics if the new assessments are generated from the referral system. All referrals are triaged by the In-Reach Team. On rare occasions, assessments are requested as an emergency from the wings or segregation unit. This is variable but on average once a week.

The work load generated is not considered to be onerous. Interest applicants will be able to visit the site and speak to the team and the current consultant in post. Currently there is full time band 7 Operational Manager, 3 band 6 nursing staff and 2 band five nursing staff and 2 star workers.

The electronic patient information system which is used within all Kent Prisons is System One. The post holder would be provided with training in Rio, which is used by the trust. Remote working through an IPAD or Laptop can be requested and provided.

Person Specification



  • GMC Registered



  • Section 12 registered



  • Minimum 6 years experience in specialty

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Elmley

Church Road, Eastchurch

Isle of Sheppey

ME12 4AY

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