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Specialty Doctor, Psychiatric Intensive Care, Devon Ward

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,124 to £77,519 a year pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Specialty doctor
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Full Time
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We are seeking to appoint a full time Specialty Doctor to Devon Ward Ward, a 14 bedded male psychiatric intensive care unit based at Chase Farm Hospital.

The ward receives patients living in all three boroughs of the Trust. There are on average 30 new admissions per month.

The post has previously been occupied by an agency specialty doctor, who has been employed to provide more senior medical support to the junior staff grade doctor on the ward. We have recently been able to develop the post as a substantive part of the medical establishment.

Main duties of the job

Clinical duties
  • The post holder will be expected to be a senior member of the team, able to work autonomously in providing medical and psychiatric input to the ward, though responsible-to and supervised by the ward consultant psychiatrist.
  • To provide psychiatric assessment and formulate treatment plans for acute psychiatric inpatients. Routine duties will include supporting other junior medical staff with prescribing, reviewing ECGs, blood results and other reports, and ensuring a high standard of clinical documentation entered in a timely fashion onto the electronic medical record (RiO). In the absence of the ward consultant, to lead clinical reviews and CPA meetings held on the ward.
  • To work as an effective senior member of the ward multidisciplinary team
  • To assess and make recommendations under the MHA where necessary, under the supervision of the ward consultant. The post holder is required to be approved under Section 12 (2) and hold Approved Clinician status.

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS), rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. This service treats and cares for people within the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services and mental health liaison services in North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust. Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining us.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical duties continued...
  • To produce reports for CQC Tribunals and Hospital Managers hearings for patients liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act.
  • To participate and, in the absence of the ward consultant, to lead daily patient management meetings: white board meetings.
  • Liaison with other services to ensure effective, patient centred care: in particular Home Treatment Teams, community care coordinators, GPs and hospital doctors.
  • Through your clinical leadership role, to ensure that inpatients have access to the highest quality of physical health care.
  • To make sure that bed use is minimised and is as efficient as possible.
  • To provide clinical and professional leadership within the post, and take part in management activities and governance processes related to the post or the wider service within which it is embedded.
  • As a senior clinician, to have an integral role in the performance of the ward team, further development of the service, and the development of the clinical pathways and priorities of the service line.
  • Compliance with all legal obligations covering clinical practice (e.g. Mental Health Act and code of practice).
  • A commitment to ensuring fair access to services for all.
  • Compliance with procedures whereby doctors report concerns about professional conduct or competence of medical or other colleagues.
  • Compliance with the principles of practice laid out by the GMC and RCPsych

For full details of the role please refer to the job description.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a current licence to practise from the GMC at intended start date
  • Section 12 Approved or eligibility for it.
  • A postgraduate qualification in psychiatry
  • In good standing with the GMC
Clinical Experience Essential
  • Excelling knowledge and skills in the management of a broad range of general adult mental disorders.
  • Experience with inpatient psychiatric management and with working in a multidisciplinary Team.
  • A doctor appointed to this grade shall have full registration with the General Medical Council and shall have at least 4 years of full time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time basis) of which at least 2 years will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee or shall have equivalent experience and competencies.
  • Experience in general medicine
Clinical Skills Essential
  • Excellent clinical skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Familiarity with a wide range of theoretical and clinical approaches.
  • Ability to provide medical leadership to the multi-disciplinary team and to function as an active member of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Clear thoughts on how to involve service users in service development and to provide a service which is experienced as being service-user friendly
  • Practical experience in a short term psychological therapy
Knowledge Essential
  • Good knowledge of the biological, psychological and social determinants of adult mental disorders and evidence based management interventions.
  • Up to date knowledge of recent DH documentation and NICE Guidelines.
  • Evidence of change management skills
Organisation and Planning Essential
  • Ability to effectively manage time and plan work independently.
Teaching Skills Essential
  • Willing to assist with multidisciplinary professional development.
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate medical and health students.
Academic Skills Essential
  • Willingness to participate in audit.
  • Participates in CPD
  • Experience in audit
  • Experience of research or service evaluation
Personal Skills Essential
  • Enthusiasm
  • Probity
  • Industriousness
  • Good communication
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to cope under pressure
Other Essential
  • Excellent IT skills

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