Older Adult Consultant Psychiatrist - Acute and Community

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Per Annum
Closing date
12 Oct 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for an Older Adult Consultant Psychiatrist to work across our Older Adult Community Team, the local Brighton and Hove Care Home In-Reach team (CHIRT), and also a shared-care dementia ward (Emerald Unit) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. This post has become vacant due to the current post holder retiring and new opportunities to develop the role.

In this role you'll have the opportunity to develop your career, shape our strategy and provide excellent patient care.

Come and join Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation, help us improve the quality of life for the local communities we serve

Please note this post attracts a Golden Hello payment of up to £5,000 as well as a Relocation Package of up to £8000. Information on these can be obtained from the Medical Staffing Team on 0300 304 0393.

To find out more about what we offer please take a look at our careers portal: https://careers.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/

Main duties of the job

You will provide medical input into the 3 teams as follows:
  • 6 Programmed Activities - Community Team - Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Service (SOAMHS)
  • 2 Programmed Activities - Care Home In-Reach team (CHIRT)
  • 2 Programmed Activities - Emerald Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

For the parts of the role based in the community, you will be assessing referrals and reviewing patients in various settings including outpatient clinics, care homes, patients' homes and remotely. You will also work closely with the team leads for SOAMHS and CHIRT to provide clinical leadership and management of complex cases.

On Emerald Unit you will work closely with the care of the elderly Consultant and Doctors in Training as well as nursing staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers. You will offer mental health assessment and diagnosis, advice on the management, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, MHA/MCA assessments, liaison with community teams to facilitate discharge and liaison with Memory Assessment Service.

You will also participate in planning and developing local Mental Health Services in line with the Trust objectives and contribute constructively to improving the standards of mental health care offered by the Trust.

About us

At Sussex Partnership we are committed to providing opportunities for flexible working. If you would like to work differently or different hours to as advertised, please get in touch to discuss this in more detail.

If you haven't thought about living in Sussex before then you should consider the following:
  • Journey from the coast to the countryside in minutes
  • Enjoy a lifestyle where there are renowned cycle routes and picturesque walks, including the famous South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park!
  • Embrace taking time to discover all the miles of scenic coastline
  • Easy access to airports - Gatwick and Heathrow are both within 90 minutes of the county, providing links to Europe and beyond

The Trust has a thriving research network and has been rated 'outstanding' in caring by the CQC and 'good' in all other domains.

The Trust also has strong links with Brighton and Sussex Medical School and regularly hosts students of various disciplines.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please do take a look at the Royal College Approved Job Description and Person Specifications for full details on the main responsibilities of the role.

There is only so much we can say in an advert and Job Description, so we would love to hear from you if you want to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.
Eligibility Essential
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
Clinical Skills, knowledge and experience Essential
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
Academic skills and lifelong learning Essential
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.
  • Ability to work in a participatory way so that shared decision making and conversations around formulation/diagnosis and ongoing care are a collaborative endeavour with the people who access our service
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.
Transport Essential
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative.

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