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Consultant Psychiatrist in Perinatal Psychiatry

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£82,096 to £110,683 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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The post is at Union House, Cambridge. The newly appointed consultant psychiatrist will work together with the incumbent consultant perinatal psychiatrist to provide clinical leadership of the South Perinatal Mental Health Team and offer advice, assessment and treatment for all perinatal patients with severe and complex mental health condition in the area. Consultants are expected to form close working relationships with local maternity, health visiting mental health champions as well as primary care colleagues and the Primary care Mental Health team. The consultant is expected to foster close working relationship with the local Mother and Baby Units.

Main duties of the job
Key Clinical Responsibilities

The post holder will provide clinical leadership to the team. They will contribute to provide advice, assessment of perinatal patients referred to the service for diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and support MDT members who carry out assessment of patients in the team. They will help to facilitate accurate diagnosis and timely interventions so that patients and her family receive integrated, evidence-based treatment which can be delivered in a timely manner and in accordance with the recovery model. They will also provide ongoing treatments to patients that are evidence based and supported by NICE guidelines maintaining a bio psychosocial approach.

The post holder is expected to be committed to a multidisciplinary approach to care and actively contribute to MDT meetings and formulation meetings and work in close collaboration with team members, care coordinators, other CPFT services and statutory agencies as required for the care of community patients.

The post holder has a role to foster close working relationship with key stakeholders in the perinatal pathway He or she will lead the perinatal training programme development locally and contributes to the perinatal training of the workforce.

About us

CPFT is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT please visit our website

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Provide Clinical leadership and responsibility for provision of a specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team to the south half of the county of Cambridgeshire in a job share with the other consultant colleague.
  • Advice, assessment and management of patients with severe and/or complex mental health condition in the perinatal period and preconception counselling.
  • Deliver evidence-based treatments and provide expertise in respect to treatment during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Liaise with statutory and non-statutory sector agencies including maternity, social services, primary care and secondary care colleagues
  • Ensure excellence in and continuity of care including safe and efficient patient records.
  • Contribute to the teaching, training and mentoring of any junior medical staff and in-service training and supervision of multi-disciplinary team (MDT) members.
  • Work closely with other consultants to provide appropriate Consultant cover 9 am to 5 pm and for periods of annual/study/special leave during the week.
  • Facilitate joint working, case consultation and case transfer.
  • Liaise successfully with stakeholders and partners within the Trust and in external agencies (incl. Local Authority Childrens Social Services).
  • Support audit, research and service development.
  • The post-holder will ensure that they are in good medical standing for CPD. A study leave allowance and expenses budget is provided.
  • Assure that team service delivery in accordance with requisite national guidance including NICE and the Perinatal Quality Network (CCQI/RCPsych).
  • Liaise with health commissioners, funders and providers to allow for informed service design and development and to educate regarding best practice and the importance of intervention during the perinatal period.
  • Ensure that practice is up-to-date and in line with the GMC Good Medical Practice Guidelines including ability to evidence this for the purposes of annual appraisal.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Full GMC registration and licence to practice
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Approved Clinician Status or eligible to attend training
Entry criteria for grade Essential
  • Specialty Registration in specialty
  • CCT in relevant specialty or within 6 months of attainment of Higher Training CCT at time of interview
  • Shall have equivalent experience and competencies recognised by GMC
Experience Essential
  • Proven experience of good working relationships
  • Experience in assessment and management of women in the perinatal period in acute and community setting
  • Experience of teaching and supervision of doctors in training
  • Publications in the field of psychiatry
  • Credential or experience in Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Relevant research experience
Skills/Ability/Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to take a clinical lead
  • Knowledge of policy and legislation relating to mental health
Qualities/Attributes Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate/develop and understanding of service within the wider context of NHS Mental Health Services and PCTs
  • Experience of developing services in a constantly changing environment within tight budgetary restraints

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