We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Specialty Doctor to work on our Perinatal Service in Chelsea and Westminster Borough.
You will join a team that delivers specialist community perinatal mental health service (PMHS), which integrate maternity services, community and primary care services. We respond rapidly to presentations within the maternity context and address the risks to both mothers and infants of perinatal illness We focus on prevention, early detection with NICE guidelines and based in the community, close to mothers and babies.
Main duties of the job
The successful candidates will be highly motivated, energetic and passionate about delivering high quality care to patients acute and chronic psychiatric conditions in perinatal service, ensuring that assessment and interventions are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way.
The position requires full GMC registration. Whilst prior direct experience of perinatal mental health is not essential the post-holder will demonstrate a clear interest in perinatal care and a commitment to delivering high quality care and service development. This post offers the opportunity to gain clinical experience in the specialist field of perinatal psychiatry.
The post-holders will be part of a team consisting of a Consultant Psychiatrist, nurses, psychologists and occupational therapists. The post-holders will contribute to and help the Trainees with their development as well as contribute to cover when the consultant is on leave. Applicants should have experience of team working, possess sound organisation skills and be able to work on their own initiative. Effective communication and empathic skills are essential, and a commitment to outstanding patient care.
CNWL is one of the largest trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs. We provide healthcare to a third of London, Milton Keynes and parts of Kent, Surrey and Hampshire. Our services are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
CNWL has established a high-quality multidisciplinary community and liaison perinatal mental health service across five London Boroughs, CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) comprises specialist multidisciplinary perinatal mental health teams five boroughs served by the trust (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) enabling the delivery of evidence based perinatal mental health care through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and voluntary sector.
CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) comprises specialist multidisciplinary perinatal mental health teams five boroughs served by the trust (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) enabling the delivery of evidence based perinatal mental health care through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and voluntary sector.
Job description Job responsibilities
- Assessment (including assessment of risk), treatment and management of adults with mental health problems (functional and organic in the perinatal period (during pregnancy and up to 12 months postnatal).
- Treatment, using a sound knowledge of the evidence for pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, in accordance with NICE and relevant guidance, including medication reviews in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Formulating specialist opinion about a bio-psycho-social care plan.
- Contribution to Care Quality through audit and relevant participation in local and Trust wide care quality fora and processes
- Active involvement in teaching of undergraduate medical students
- Supervising the clinical work of Core Psychiatric Trainee, and multidisciplinary colleagues.
- Provide support to staff in the different applications of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
- Supporting Consultant Psychiatrist in chairing meetings, Best Interest Meetings; and presenting in MHA Tribunals/Managers Hearing.
- Supporting the MDT team to provide the best clinical care for patients
- Accurate record keeping according to Trust and professional guidelines.
- To contribute to the development of a culture of risk assessment and management to be delivered effectively in own area of responsibility and practice
- To represent the team/sector on both internal and external clinical and strategic planning forums and to act in a professional manner at all times.
Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
- Primary Medical degree
- Full GMC registration
- Section 12 approval
- MRCPsych qualification or equivalent
Skills and Knowledge Essential
- Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach
- Able to work effectively in a team
- Able to build constructive relationships
- Ability to plan treatment programmes in conjunction with multi-disciplinary team
- Person-centred in clinical approach
- Ability to provide medical and mental health assessments, formulate diagnoses and initiate treatment plans
- Basic IT skills
- Excellent clinical skills
- Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
- Broad knowledge of the biological, psychological and social determinants of mental disorders in old age and evidence based management interventions
- Up to date knowledge of recent DH documentation and NICE Guidelines
- Experience in teaching junior doctors and other professional groups
- Experience in audit
- Advanced IT literacy
- Experience in trauma informed approach
- Attendance at teaching courses.
Clinical Experience Essential
- Completed at least four years full time post graduate 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 trainee or have equivalent experience and competencies.
- Extensive experience in the management of a broad range of relevant mental disorders in general adult psychiatry
- Understanding and experience of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
- Experience in managing patients from different cultural backgrounds
- Working with interpreters and translation services
- Experience in working with Perinatal Mental Health and families during the perinatal period
- Understanding of medication use in pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Understanding of Child Safeguarding
- Commitment to multi-disciplinary team working
- Commitment to Continuing Personal Development
- Ability to be flexible and work as part of a changing, dynamic organisation
- Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust
- Ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Contribution to the development of a service
- Effective teaching skills
- Driving license
- Have car available for community work
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