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Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychiatry

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Abbots Langley
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to be part of something Outstanding?

We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Intellectual Disability based at Warren Court, Abbots Langley.

**We're offering a generous relocation package for this post**

This is a hugely exciting time for the Trust having recently achieved an OUTSTANDING CQC RATING and being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold an outstanding rating.

Over the years the quality of our services and the achievements of our staff have been recognised nationally including the MENTAL HEALTH TRUST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020 at the Health Service Journal Awards

Main duties of the job

As one of three consultants working within the service, you will be the responsible clinician (RC) for 15 patients within the medium secure unit at Warren Court.

You will Expertise in the assessment and management of offenders with learning disability including joint working with the Ministry of Justice, police, probation and prison services where necessary, the preparation of court reports, tribunal reports.

You must ensure the relevant professional registration is maintained, including Section 12, Approved Clinician, and Responsible Clinician status.

About us

Here's what we have to offer you
  • Mentoring support for new Consultants
  • Access to Leadership, Teaching, Education and Research opportunities
  • Access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-calibre Consultants
  • Study leave of 30 days over 3 years
  • Study leave budget of £800 per person per annum
  • A strong ethos on Learning and Development
  • Innovative patient electronic record system (PARIS)/ Admin and IT equipment/ software to improve work experience (4G enabled laptops provided upon starting)
  • Flexible working
  • Excellent staff benefits
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Generous relocation package up to £7.5K (subject to terms & conditions)

Our Health Hub helps improve staff health and wellbeing across the Trust - encouraging staff to step away from their work and think about their own health. This includes:
  • Workshops, challenges and social events throughout the year
  • Confidential and safe forums where staff can talk about the emotional impact of work
  • An equality and diversity staff network providing support to all staff
  • Mindfulness bite size taster session
  • Mini health check
  • Free, confidential counselling services 24/7

In addition to the generous pension and annual leave that comes with NHS employment, the trust offers additional benefits to our staff including a salary sacrifice scheme enabling staff to drive a brand new car or purchase a new bike as well as an HMRC scheme enabling savings on registered childcare costs.

Job description Job responsibilities

Duties include, but not exclusive to:
  • Provision of medical leadership within the various multidisciplinary teams described earlier and to work jointly with colleagues from other disciplines in the provision of high quality clinical care and the delivery of relevant trust
  • Excellent liaison with adult care services, primary care and other secondary or tertiary services
  • Take a lead in the implementation of the Care Programme Approach across the services
  • Providing expertise on the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and other relevant
  • Supervising and advising other members of the multidisciplinary team on clinical issues
  • Psycho education of families and carers

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Recognised basic medical degree
  • MRCPsych or Equivalent
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Included on the GMC specialist register OR within 3 months of CCT or equivalent in either Psychiatry of Learning (Intellectual) Disability or Forensic Psychiatry
  • AC and Section 12 Approval under MHA
  • Relevant higher degree (i.e. MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications)
  • 6-12 months experience in Forensic and/or ID Psychiatry community settings at ST level or equivalent
Clinical Skills, KnowledgeExpe Essential
  • Experience of the assessment and treatment of mental illness and challenge behaviours disorders in adults
  • Experience of providing medical leadership in context of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of clinical governance processes including ability to use clinical audit as a tool to improve quality of care
  • Experience in risk assessment and risk management
  • Specialist clinical experience in Neurodevelopmental disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and forensic aspects of Mental Health Practice
  • Experience in care and treatment of patients who have been/are involved with Criminal Justice System
  • Good understanding of relevant external agencies (e.g. probation services, MAPPA, Liaison & Diversion Services)
Skills & Behaviours Essential
  • Ability to take a leadership in a multidisciplinary team, ensuring high quality care and staff morale
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Effective use of IT including emails and internet
  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills within clinical research and service development contexts
  • Skills in research including evidence of leading research projects resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals
Teaching Essential
  • Willingness to act as a Clinical Supervisor to Specialty Doctors
  • Experience of acting as a Clinical or Educational Supervisor
Personal Skills Essential
  • Ability to deal effectively with pressure
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication
  • Reliability and Honesty
  • Flexible approach to working practice
  • Positive approach to the job planning and appraisal process
  • Commitment to service development and helping the Trust to fulfill its goals
  • Evidence of leadership attributes
Other Essential
  • Able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post - this includes the ability to drive a car for work purposes
  • Satisfactory clearance from Enhanced DBS Disclosure and Health Clearance

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