This post would be ideally suited for a doctor, who has a minimum of 2 years experience in psychiatry and is interested working in a Trust grade position in psychiatry outside of a Training position. Mental Health Liaison is an integral part of the 24/7 Urgent Care Model and the Trust is seeking a Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry to cover both General Adult and Old Age referrals for Southport and Formby District General Hospital (SDGH) A&E Department and wards.
The successful candidate would have the option of continuing ongoing work in a specialty grade position, or considering the option of applying for Specialty Training in Psychiatry in the future. An alternative career path would be progression as a Specialty Grade doctor and with the possibility of gaining a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) via Article 14 route once required experience can be evidenced in the future. There would be an opportunity, subject to application and approval to join the local MRCPsych programme if this is to be part of the post-holders PDP.
Main duties of the job
Mersey Care is an innovative well led Trust, with an aspiration of Perfect Care for all of its service users, delivered through a supportive Just Culture environment for staff. For Specialty doctor it offers excellent opportunities for professional development and research. As a Global Digital Exemplar Mersey Care is developing digital applications to support the implementation of its 'Zero Suicide Policy' and the use of predictive analytics in mental health which will assist clinicians with their decision making and risk prioritisation.
The post holder will provide medical input for both General Adult (GA) & Old Age (OA) Mental Health Liaison Team and will be available to support and supervise other staff in the assessment and formulation of service users' difficulties. They will be directly involved with the assessment of people referred with complex difficulties or prominent risk issues.
The role will include assessment of urgent referrals from the inpatient wards and accident and emergency department. Medical support is provided for more complex cases and those requiring the specific skills of a liaison psychiatrist. T
Maintain a high standard of clinical work when carrying out clinical assessments.
Ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework, the post holder will motivate colleagues, champion service user safety and dignity and drive continuous improvement.
Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.
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 Clinical duties
- The post holder will provide medical input for both General Adult (GA) & Old Age (OA) Mental Health Liaison Team. The post holder will be available to support and supervise other staff in the assessment and formulation of service users difficulties. They will be directly involved with the assessment of people referred with complex difficulties or prominent risk issues. The post-holder will communicate with clinical staff providing physcial treatment of the Patient.
- Your role will include assessment of urgent referrals from the inpatient wards and accident and emergency department. Medical support is provided for more complex cases and those requiring the specific skills of a liaison psychiatrist. This will include leading on the training of other hospital staff and interacting with other medical professionals throughout the hospital.
- Out of Hours on call rota.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interface between physical illness and mental illness; undertake diagnosis and formulation of management plans in complex cases; advise medical teams on appropriate integrated care and assess and manage risk (e.g. suicide risk, violence/aggression, absconding) relating to psychiatric conditions in general hospital settings.
- Provide advice on prescribing to medical teams on psychotropic medication; provide expertise, and fulfill a statutory role, in managing medico-legal issues in the general hospital, including application of mental health and mental capacity legislation; understand the medical issues in assessing patients with medically unexplained symptoms and understand the medical issues in mental health patients associated with long-term conditions.
- Collaboration with medical colleagues to ensure availability for emergency liaison assessments through the daytime (9am to 5pm) within the locality and also to provide cross-cover during periods of annual/study leave.
- Assessment and management of patients under the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
Clinical governance and quality assurance
- Participation in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical
- Participation in the training of other .
- Taking part in continuing medical education within statutory
- Expected contribution to clinical governance and responsibility for setting and monitoring standards.
- Participation in clinical audit and other local assurance
- Participation in service/team evaluation and the planning of future service
- Leads and manages a team in a way that supports the development of a culture of continuous improvement and
- Utilises a quality improvement approach to think systemically about complex problems, develop potential change ideas and test these in practice using a systematic QI methodology.
- Empowers the team to resolve local issues on a daily basis using the tools and method of quality improvement without staff having to seek
- Promotes awareness and understanding of quality improvement, and shares learning and successes from quality improvement
External duties, roles and responsibilities
- To manage, appraise and give professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed between consultant colleagues and the medical director and in accordance with the Trusts personnel policies and procedures. This may include assessing competences under the Modernising Medical Careers
- To undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of
- To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively, and submit this promptly to the Information
- To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health
- To participate in annual appraisal.
- To attend and participate in the academic programme of the Trust, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD
- To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval, and to abide by professional codes of
- To participate annually in a job plan review with the clinical manager, which will include consultation with a relevant manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with
- To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services, and share with colleagues in the medical contribution to
- To comply with the Trusts agreed policies and
The Trust would support the post holder in actively engaging in National and local organisations, particularly for any SAS Doctors Please see job description for further details.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
- Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
- Additional clinical qualifications.
- Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative
- Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice at the time of appointment.
- 4 years experience after medical graduation with at least 2 years in Psychiatry
- Clinical skills in psychiatric care including physical health issues
- Approved under S12 OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
- In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
- Experience of working in both old age and general adult.
Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience Essential
- Excellent knowledge in specialty
- Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
- Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
- 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 Essential
- Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
- Ability to work in and lead team
- Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
- Participated in continuous professional development
- Participated in research or service evaluation
- Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
- Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
- 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 or improved outcomes to patients
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