This appointment is for a full-time Consultant Psychiatrist to provide clinical leadership to the Gloucester and Forrest of Dean Crisis Team and Greyfriars PICU. This is a post vacated by a retiring Consultant Psychiatrist.
Main duties of the job
This is a new post that has been created after restructuring of our Medical workforce. The post holder will provide senior medical input to Greyfriars PICU which is a 10 bed mixed gender ward. The post holder will be responsible for 5 patients on the unit and will share the ward with another consultant colleague. The role would include weekly reviews, attending professionals meeting once a week, preparing Mental Health Tribunal /Manager's reports and attending hearings. The post holder will also be providing senior medical input to the Gloucester and Forrest of Dean crisis team. This would include home visits and urgent general hospital referrals accompanied by crisis colleagues.
We encourage a healthy work-life balance and we have regular away days.
Our medical directorate also supports Consultants through positive relationships with the LNC and Medical Staffing Committee.
At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.
Job description Job responsibilities
- You will provide senior medical advice, support, consultancy and clinical leadership to Greyfriars PICU and to the Gloucester and Forest of Dean Crisis Team. There will be a second consultant colleague on Greyfriars PICU responsible for the other 5 patients and it would be expected that cross cover would be agreed between the 2 consultant.
- You will have an office and secretarial support at Pullman place. You will have a trust mobile, laptop with VPN access and equipment for digital dictation (Bighand).
- The service specification and operational policy are available upon request and important features are summarised below.
- You will be supported in your role by junior medical staff which could either be a Core Trainee Year 1 or a Foundation Doctor. We are also developing Advanced Nurse Practitioner roles to work with medical staff within the hospital. You will also have support of a speciality doctor shared with another unit for your 5 patients on PICU.
- The Gloucester and Forest of Dean Crisis and Home Treatment Team is staffed to a skill mix ratio of 80:20 (registered/non-registered), for non-medical staff. The team operates 24 hours a day. Consultant medical staff are expected to cover from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm but hours can be organised flexibly. Outside of these hours, medical cover is from the duty consultant. The primary aims of Crisis and Home Treatment Teams are: to provide a timely response to assessment in crisis (same day); to support other community teams in managing patients in short-term crisis (up to 8 weeks); to assess patients for home or hospital treatment and provide home treatment where possible; to engage with the inpatient team to facilitate smooth admission and discharge processes; to promote recovery and social inclusion (education, recreation, vocation & employment; to provide Care Management, undertake statutory duties under the Mental Health Act 1983 and to assess and support carers.
- The Gloucester and Forest CRHT comprises: 1x band 7, 14 band 6 nurses, 2 band 6 social workers (one of whom is an AMHP), 2 band 5 nurse, 3 band 3 HCAs and 1wte administrative support.
- The Gloucester City and Forest of Dean Crisis and Home Treatment team admits to Dean ward (15 beds female only) and Kingsholm ward (15 beds male only) at Wotton Lawn Hospital, Gloucester.
- Ward round on Greyfriars can be planned in discussion with ward staff and the 2nd consultant to avoid overlap. A separate meeting is held on Greyfriars ward (the PICU) with booked time slots for patient discussion on Friday morning.
- A notional timetable for the job is shown on Page 8 but this will be finalised in job planning.
Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING Essential
- Basic Medical Qualification GMC registered. On GMC Specialist Register, or eligible for such inclusion. Specialist Registrars within 6 months of their CCT date at the time of interview. Approved Clinician/S12 approval or eligibility for approval.
- MRCPsych. Training or experience in inpatients, crisis, AOT and/or substance misuse psychiatry.
WORK EXPERIENCE Essential
- Higher specialist training or extensive UK experience in acute psychiatry.
- Experience of 'Recovery' working at consultant or advance trainee level.
SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Essential
- Understanding of wider NHS context and recent policy developments.
- Management, Audit, Research or Business experience.
PERSONAL SKILLS AND QUALITIES Essential
- Effective leadership Good interpersonal skills Commitment to supervising junior staff.
- Calm but dynamic Supportive Training in work-based placed assessments.
- Willingness to accept lead clinician and management responsibilities for parts of the service.
- Ambitions to take part in the wider activities of the consultant role e.g. management Education, Governance, research.
OTHER RELEVANT FACTORS Essential
- Commitment to high quality service, full driving licence or able to make own transport
- To start as soon as possible.
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