Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult inpatient

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
10 Oct 2022

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Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry

The post-holder will be Consultant Psychiatrist to Goddington ward in Green Parks House, Princess Royal University Hospital, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

He/she will provide senior medical cover for 14 of 18 acute inpatients admitted to Goddington ward. The post-holder will be the Responsible Clinician (RC) for all detained inpatients.

The post-holder along with his/her designated 2 wte Core Trainee will be responsible for all clinical work and related administrative work including mental health act work and along with other team members ensure that patients have good quality care and that the Trust's quality indicators are not breached. It is expected that the post holder will work very closely with the ward manager to deliver high quality and evidence based clinical care to inpatients and take a lead on clinical governance including the delivery of key performance targets, learning from incidents and service user feedback.

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Main duties of the job

There are three general adult wards based at Green Parks House, Princess Royal University Hospital. These wards, Norman, Betts and Goddington admit both informal and detained patients. Goddington ward has 18 beds and all wards are mixed sex wards.

The inpatient wards at Green Parks House successfully completed the College Research Unit's accreditation programme for inpatient units in 2008. The focus of all the acute wards is on multi-disciplinary team assessment and treatment of mental illness through a range of treatments and collaborative care.

Treatment is achieved with high levels of observation and a range of treatment strategies, including pharmacological and psychological approaches, within a safe and secure environment.

About us

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, formed in April 1995, is a provider of mental health services for children, adults and older adults in Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich, and a specialist provider of Forensic and Challenging Behaviour services for Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, North Southwark, Bromley, and Learning Disability Services for Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley. The Trust also provides Community health services in Bexley and Greenwich and a wide range of health (physical and mental health) in prisons across Kent and London.

Our mission is improving lives as we strive to improve the lives of those we serve; many of whom suffer from life-long conditions. We also aim to improve the lives of staff as their well-being is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality care. We improve lives by providing the best quality health and social care. We have six core values that underpin all we do:

  • Having a user focus

We view things through the eyes of our users and their carers
  • Excellence

We are never content with a service that is second best
  • Learning

We constantly review and improve how we do things
  • Being responsive

We avoid unnecessary delays in treatment and care
  • Partnership

We work with others to ensure our users get the help they need
  • Safety

We seek to protect our users, staff and public from harm

Job description Job responsibilities


  • RC chairs and leads a multidisciplinary review meeting of patients on the ward at least three times a week to ensure that there are enough opportunities to see each new patient at the earliest opportunity and that all patients are seen at least once a week.

  • Attend clinical governance meetings where the quality of care the ward provides is reviewed at least once a month

  • Attend the business meeting to support and provide a senior clinical view and perspective on issues that affect the ward and have a good understanding of the directorates priorities in relation to patient safety, patient experience and clinical effectiveness and understand external factors influencing services such as budgetary frameworks and inspection regime e.g. CQC inspections.

  • Regular one on one meetings with the ward manager

  • Ensure effective and appropriate use of medical resources within the team to address the needs of service users.

  • Ensure regular and adequate supervision of trainees and non-training medical staff as may be necessary

  • Ensure that the views of families and carers are sought when making decisions about patient care and discharge planning

  • Participate in directorates and sub-directorate meetings including task and finish, ad-hoc and regular meetings to address specific issues affecting the directorate or sub-directorate that require clinical input.

  • Ensure that there are no statutory breaches such as allowing sections to lapse. Ensure that capacity assessments or section 58 (consent to treatment) are completed in a timely fashion. Also ensure that discharge summaries or letters are completed in a timely manner and information contained such as discharge medication is accurate.

  • Engage in regular service reviews and developments such as use of outcome measures such as NICE audits of their practice and use of new technology when these become available to support their work for example IPads, Docman and Video Conferencing

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • GMC registration
Essential Essential
  • MBBS or equiv
Essential Essential
  • Psychiatry Experience

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