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Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year p.a
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Prison and Forensic
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a brand new opportunity to recruit a full time 10PA Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist within the Dorset Forensic Service. This role is based at St Ann's Hospital in Poole and covers trust-wide working throughout Dorset.

This is a dynamic and developing forensic service that is part of a new care model that has delivered considerable savings for reinvesting in services.

Alongside our outstanding working environment and development opportunities, we can offer relocation expenses, a recruitment and retention premium and a focus on designing this role around you and your specialist interests.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to a recruit an enthusiastic and conscientious professional who is dedicated to providing the best care for our service users and have values (compassion, excellence and expertise) and a vision (Better Every Day) that resonates with that of the Trust.

This role is based at St Ann's Hospital in Poole and covers working trust wide over the whole of Dorset. The post holder will work within the Dorset Forensic Service, comprising the community forensic team (CQC outstanding) and Twynham ward the low secure unit (CQC good).

Recruitment and Retention

This post attracts a recruitment and retention payment of £10,000


If you are interested in moving to our beautiful county, we offer a generous relocation package of up to £10,000.For further details on relocation expenses please

Flexible Working

We would love to hear from you to discuss how together we might design this role around you and your specialist interests. We are committed to enabling flexible working and would welcome a discussion as to how this could be achieved for you.

This may include but is not limited to; compressed hours over four days, job sharing, part time working and home working. We know that when we support staff to achieve a better balance between home and work responsibilities, there are benefits for you, our patients and the Trust.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be responsible for the psychiatric care of approximately 10 community forensic team patients, working with the multidisciplinary team and approximately 8 in-patients on Twynham low secure unit. There may be some adjustments to this caseload dependent on the service needs and further discussion with the post holder on areas of interest.

-The postholder will provide assessments on cases referred to the team and will assess patients placed OOA in secure services to monitor their progress and advise on their care pathways. Such duties may include for example attendance at CPA meetings.

-The post holder will take part in the on call rota. The weekly on call rota is Dorset wide, at week-ends the East of the county is paid at 2% on call availability supplement PLUS 0.25APA and in the West of the county is paid at 3% on call availability supplement PLUS 0.75 APA . This is a joint general adult, learning disability, child psychiatry and old age psychiatry senior on-call rota which is supported by Specialist Registrars and AssociateSpecialists.

-There is also a non-resident junior doctor on-call. When on-call the postholder is expected to provide advice and support to junior colleagues on-call, out of hours nursing and social work colleagues. When necessary, it is expected that the on-call consultant will review patients personally. At weekends and on bank holidays there is a consultant led inpatient review for newly admitted patients to address problems with inpatients. Thisensures that all patients admitted to our units are seen by a consultant within the first 24 hours of their admission.

- The postholder will provide cross cover for annual, study and emergency sick leave with Dr Ewbank and Dr Shweikh. These cover arrangements will take account of the other medical staff in the locality team such as the core trainee.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • General medical Qualification e.g. MBBS, or equivalent and hold a Licence to Practise.
  • MRCPsych or recognised equivalent, e.g. membership of a psychiatry college in another country.
  • Further academic qualifications such as MRCGP, MRCP or research degree/diploma.
Eligibility Essential
  • Must be in possession or within 6 months of possession of a CCT in Psychiatry or on Specialist Register in Psychiatry.
  • On Specialist Register in Forensic Psychiatry
  • Section 12(2) approval and Approved Clinician approval or ability to obtain approval before starting post
  • Experience of medicine outside psychiatry e.g. general practice, medicine.
Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wider medical knowledge.
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Make decisions based on evidence and experience including contribution of others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Teaching Experience
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within the NHS or comparable service
Dorset HealthCare Values Essential
  • Proactive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy, and positive
Management Skills Essential
  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of good patient care
  • Able to manage priorities
  • Evidence of management/Leadership skills training
  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff
Leadership Skills Essential
  • Understand principles of leadership and give examples of leadership in own practice
  • Able to provide clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.
Clinical Governance Essential
  • An understanding of the importance of Clinical Governance in the NHS organisations and importance in patient care.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation
Self Awareness Essential
  • To have an understanding of own strengths and weaknesses and how these attributes affect professional functioning
  • To have an understanding of the stresses involved in being a consultant psychiatrist and how to manage these 22 appropriately.
Supervision of Junior medical Staff Essential
  • Knowledge of requirements for supervision and appraisal of junior medical staff.
  • Approved educational supervisor training
Research and Audit Essential
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication
  • Ability to supervisor junior medical staff undertaking research projects
  • Published audit project
  • Ability to critically appraise published research

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