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Specialty Doctor in Old Age Psychiatry

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year pa
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Old Age
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are excited to be advertising for the new Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry role as part of the new SAS contract in the NHS for 2021.

The post is split between the Older People's Liaison Psychiatry Service and Sheffield Memory Service.

The clinical work within the liaison team will include direct assessment of patients referred from the general hospital, including A&E, and providing support and advice to the multidisciplinary team. The work will be varied, and the post holder will be expected to work with a reasonable degree of autonomy but senior clinical advice and supervision will always be available.

Sheffield Memory Service is the single point of access for the assessment of routine and uncomplicated dementia or memory problems. The service has been accredited with the Memory Service National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP) since the inception of the programme. Sheffield has one of the highest dementia diagnostic rates in the country in part due to the activity of this service.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a motivated and committed individual who has completed at least four years' full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty; or shall have equivalent experience and competencies.

The post holder will be provided with the opportunity to achieve a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical duties will include assessment of patients following deliberate self-harm, those presenting with challenging behaviour in the context of delirium and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and patients presenting with a variety of functional mental health conditions.

The post holder on occasion will provide medical input, when required, to the General Adult Liaison Psychiatric Service.

So far as is consistent with the proper discharge of the above duties, the postholder undertakes to deputise from time to time for absent colleagues.

The postholder undertakes, exceptionally, to perform additional duties in occasional emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.

The clinical work within SMS will mainly consist of diagnostic appointments following the patient having an initial assessment by nursing or occupational therapy colleagues.

Outside of dedicated clinic time, the post holder will provide support and advice to the multidisciplinary team, which may include medication advice or signposting to other services.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users and their families/carers.
  • Experience of involvement in service development and/or reconfiguration
Qualifications Essential
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Section 12 (2) MHA 1983 approved
Experience Essential
  • Experience in Older Adult Psychiatry having completed at least four years full time post-graduate training (or equivalent)
  • Wide range of experience relevant to the post within NHS or comparable service
  • Ability to exercise effective leadership in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understanding of importance of multi-disciplinary service provision and the care programme approach.
  • Understanding of and ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users to promote recovery.

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