Specialty Doctor Perinatal Community

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year pro rata
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Specialty doctor
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This role will be supported by a £12,000 relocation allowance.

The Norfolk and Waveney Community Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMH) is seeking a Specialty Doctor to join its Community Perinatal Mental Health team. You will have an exciting opportunity to join an expanding Community Perinatal Mental Health Service including a Maternal Mental Health Service in partnership with local maternity services.

Parent-Infant therapy, family therapy and increased partner support is being developed further alongside the offer of preconception counselling and the assessment and management of both the acute and the complex perinatal mental health presentations.

The PMH Service is delivering on its access targets and has had agreed funds to expand in keeping with the NHSE Long Term Plan. The Service takes pride in providing a range of therapeutic interventions and peer support and is committed to the co-production of the developing Service with women who have or have had lived experience.

Main duties of the job

The perinatal world is small but also relies on close inter-agency relations with colleagues ranging from Obstetricians to Neurologists to GPs on the medical front, to Midwives and Nursery Nurses on the maternity front, to a panoply of therapists not to mention third sector and service user/patient advocacy groups.

We are looking thus for someone who can communicate with a wide spectrum of people to achieve the best level of care when making difficult decisions. Someone who can lead the MDT in ward rounds and CPA meetings, collaborate with a young person's wider family and community support structures and work with all to fashion a planned and creative transition towards discharge and beyond.

About us

We invite applications for doctors from different specialty backgrounds as long as imbued with a passion for the perinatal period. Relevant experience varies widely as the work encompasses the biological and immunological, forensic, psychotherapeutic (individual, systemic and parent-infant) as well as social worlds.

Responsibilities include
  • Providing medical treatment within a model of multi-disciplinary care
  • Supporting prescribing of medication
  • Physical health monitoring
  • Preparing clinical reports
  • Liaising with other clinical teams within and outside the Trust

Job description
Job responsibilities

This is an exciting time to join the Perinatal Norfolk team as we commit to growing a team already delivering excellence and one shaped by strong clinical leaders.

NSFT are committed to Quality Improvement and have paired up with East London Foundation Trust to train and develop our staff in the understanding of QI and how to implement this in our teams

We believe that staff who feel valued by their employers and are truly engaged are able to provide better outcomes for our service users.

Colleagues range from clinical academics to those enthused with health informatics, teaching, service development, outreach or advocacy work. Curiosity is encouraged and indeed following opportunities to build and helm new services in the purely mental health or acute medical sector (e.g. Liaison Psychiatry) spheres.

Job Descriptions are guides and starting points. We warmly encourage those who see services yet to be offered as goals or who wish to follow related special interests and so provide further richness to the range of expertise offered


NSFT welcomes all and will offer for this post a Relocation Package to aid moving to this picturesque and coastal county blessed with excellent schools, good transport links and a friendly community.

We support flexible working and training. We are keen to support staff development including support to undertake CESR where appropriate

Why Norfolk?

NSFT welcomes all and will offer for this post a Relocation Package to aid moving to this picturesque and coastal county blessed with excellent schools, good transport links and a friendly community.

Person Specification
  • Entry on the GMC Register
  • S12 Approval

  • MRCPsych

  • 3 years as a doctor post registration
  • 2 years in Psychiatry at SHO/ST level or more senior
  • 6 months in relevant specialism

  • A clear understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to open review of practice

  • Effective team working
  • Leadership qualities
  • Flexibility
  • Research

  • Driving Licence/Able to travel independently

  • Teaching and Presentation Skills

Clinical Governance
  • A clear understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to open review of practice

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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