Locum Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,113 a year Per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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This is a fixed term opportunity that has become available due to the current post holder going on a six-month secondment within the Trust. The successful candidate will have a CCT in General Adult Psychiatry or have completed Dual Training, and will be working alongside a full time Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist. This is a full time post, with flexible working hours subject to negotiation.


Main duties of the job

  • To provide a liaison psychiatric service to Barnet Hospital.
  • To provide clinical and professional leadership within the post
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues in specialties in both trusts.
  • To take part in management activities related to the post and the wider service within which it is embedded
  • To have an integral role in the development of the service and the development of clinical pathways and priorities of the wider service-line
  • To comply with all legal obligations covering clinical practice for example, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, and the Codes of Practice
  • To comply with procedures in ensuring quality in the service

For further details contact:

Dr Gil Kovac, Consultant Psychiatrist


Dr Dr Khalid Aziz - Clinical Director, Barnet Services


About us

At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) we provide integrated mental health and community health services to the people of North London, as well as some services regionally and nationally. We employ more than 3,300 staff, which makes us one of the largest employers in our area. Last year we had 293,949 patient contacts, helping to treat 2,330 people on our wards and 318,618 in the community. In 2019-20 our income was around £255 million.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS), which was 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Work

The post-holder will provide clinical input to all patients including both working age and older adults.

For older adults there is a clinical focus on:
  • Patients with dementia
  • Patients with delirium
  • End of life care

For working age adults there is a clinical focus on:
  • Patients with self-harm and attempted suicide
  • Patients with alcohol and substance misuse problems
  • Patients with conversion and somatisation disorders (medically unexplained symptoms)
  • Pregnant and postnatal patients with serious mental illness
  • Supporting patients with severe and enduring mental illness on medical and surgical wards

Activities will include:
  • Reviewing medical records, including relevant primary care records as appropriate
  • Discussion with referrers and other clinicians; working with the NMUH multi-disciplinary teams
  • Clinical recommendations with reference to current mental health legislation
  • Psychopharmacological treatment and brief eclectic psychological therapy
  • Advice to acute trust clinical staff regarding aspects of clinical care, including discussion about need for psychiatric referral
  • Taking the medical lead in relation to Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act

Support and Leadership

The post-holder will provide support for other liaison team staff for all patients including both working age and older adults. The post-holder will set high standards in clinical care and drive high standards in the Liaison Psychiatry Team. This will involve:
  • Discussing and reviewing patients seen by other members of the Liaison Psychiatry Team
  • Taking an active role in handover
  • Clinical supervision of some Liaison Psychiatry Team staff
  • Ensuring appropriate clinical documentation.

Person Specification Qualifications and Experience Essential
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council
  • Certificate of Completion of Training in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Experience in Liaison Psychiatry
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Section 12(2) Approval. Eligible to act as RC for detained patients
  • Registered for the Continuing Professional Development Programme in the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Experience in at least three of the following patient groups: .Patients with physical and mental health co-morbidity, Self-harm and attempted suicide, Alcohol and substance misuse problems, Conversion and somatisation disorders (medically unexplained symptoms), Pregnant and postnatal patients with serious mental illness, Delirium and Dementia
  • Experience in Older Adults Psychiatry
  • Training in the full range of effective therapeutic techniques to include psycho-education, medication and psychological therapies
  • Endorsement in liaison psychiatry
Teaching and Training Essential
  • Experience in multidisciplinary teaching
  • Qualification in teaching
  • Participation in dementia teaching programme for acute trust staff
  • Experience in designing educational programmes
Research Desirable
  • Co-operation in clinical research
Service Development Desirable
  • Experience in developing a service component relevant to Liaison Psychiatry
  • Experience of leading management projects within a mental health Trust
IT Experience and Skills Essential
  • Experience in data gathering and management
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use e-mail and Internet
Personal Skills Essential
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the NHS
  • Highest level of integrity

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