Specialty Doctor in Perinatal Psychiatry

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to significant investment in Perinatal Mental Health Services as part of the Long Term Plan, we seek to appoint a Specialty Doctor to work within Perinatal Mental Health Services in Nottinghamshire.We're investing heavily in our staff, facilities and patient care. As we move into this new chapter, we need a strong, motivated and compassionate workforce to reflect our core values of Honesty, Compassion, Trust, Respect and Teamwork. There has never been a better time to join our growing team, providing high quality care to the vast geographical area that we cover.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust supports staff in reaching their full potential and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

Main duties of the job

Nottingham Perinatal Mental Health Service is seeking a Full Time (40 hour) Specialty Doctor to work within the Nottinghamshire Community Perinatal Psychiatry team. The post could be filled by one candidate or a job share arrangement could be considered.

This vacancy has arisen as the result of the previous post holder vacating.

The team provides outpatient perinatal psychiatry input to the Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw region. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary team committed to working with women and their babies in the perinatal period who have a serious mental illness or are at risk of developing a serious mental illness. The post holder will have the opportunity to develop his/her career further depending on current competencies, interests of the post holder and the clinical needs of the service. There will be opportunities for activities supporting Continuing Professional Development including audit and there may be opportunities for the post holder to develop other areas within their skills such as teaching other healthcare professionals in agreement with the Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrists. The specific job plan and allocation of hours will be developed with the Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrists, and then discussed with the Clinical Director. The post holder may be asked to cross-cover for the CT3 post within the team providing support to the 8 bedded mother and baby inpatient unit when the CT3 is not at work.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country, serving a population of over onemillion people across Nottinghamshire, including the provision of healthcare services from Rampton Hospital, one of the country's three high-secure hospitals. This provides interested trainees with unique training opportunities in forensic psychiatry.

The Trust also has strong academic links with the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health, home of the Mental Health Research Network hub for East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

The Trust is supporting the Royal College of Psychiatry's campaign to encourage medical students to specialise in psychiatry. You can find out more by visitingthe College's website.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare provides integrated healthcare services, including mental health, intellectualdisability and physical health services. Over 9000 dedicated staff provide these services in a variety of settings, ranging from the community through to acute wards, as well as secure settings. The Trust manages two medium secure units, Arnold Lodge in Leicester and Wathwood Hospital in Rotherham, and the high secure Rampton Hospital near Retford. It also provides healthcare in prisons across the East Midlands. Its budget for 2020/21 is £470m.

The Trust is committed to a sustainable future and works hard to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact across all of its many services.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will be based at Green Haven, Hopewood Site, Nottingham, NG5 3FL, our purpose built unit and will be required to undertake clinical duties across the county in all areas that the team covers. There will also be a requirement to move between locations during working hours when required.

The post holder will have access to a secretary/admin who will be responsible for supporting the administrative functions of the post. This will include dictation and typing, room bookings and booking appointments. The post holder and the team use electronic diaries on MS Outlook and electronic patient records so the post holder will be provided with a Trust laptop, a VPN and remote portable access to the internet as well as a mobile phone. The service uses electronic patient records, and the post holder will be expected to use these.
  • Assessment and diagnosis of women in pregnancy and up to two years post-partum.
  • Management of moderate to severe mental illnesses in pregnancy and up to one year postpartum/extending to two as above and women at risk of relapse of moderate to severe mental illness in perinatal period
  • Use of the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation where clinically appropriate
  • Psychiatric review in clinic of patients who are on the caseload of a CPN
  • Psychiatric involvement in CPA reviews
  • Use rating tools and/or outcome measures that it has been agreed the team will use
  • Child Protection Proceedings where appropriate including writing reports on patients the post holder has seen and attendance at Child Protection Conferences where appropriate
  • Clinical audit
  • The opportunity to develop teaching skills if the candidate shows an aptitude and interest in teaching
  • Telephone advice to other healthcare professionals including GPs, Obstetricians, Health Visitors, Midwives, Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals from other teams.
  • Cross cover for the CT3 within the team may be required
  • Expectation to remain in good standing for CPD with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Local arrangements for peer review group.
  • Trust support for CPD activities, including study leave arrangements and appropriate funding.
  • To comply with Trust Mandatory training requirements.
  • There may be the opportunity for specialist masterclass training with the Faculty of Perinatal Psychiatry within RCPsych. Awaiting details on whether this course will be continued to be funded.

Person Specification
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment

  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment

  • 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 manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence* OR provides evidence of proposed alternative *unless exempt

  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications

  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Safeguarding processes
  • Clinical interventions suitable for cohort

  • Normal child development

  • Multi-Disciplinary Working
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Clinical experience of working in Community Adult Mental Health Services

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