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Consultant Psychiatrist CMHT GA Community

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year gross per annum/ pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

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

We are delighted to offer the opportunity for a Consultant Psychiatrist to join our Community Mental Health Team in our West and South Norfolk Care Group.

You will play a key role in the multi-disciplinary team, as a clinical leader, in the care of people with complex needs, through your expertise and innovative approach, in a team committed to continuous improvement.

As Consultant Psychiatrist you will also support aftercare for people receiving support under the Mental Health Act, as Responsible Clinician under Section 12.

Through the trust's 5 year plan and beyond, our mission is to achieve positive mental health by providing safe, effective trusted services together with our partners. We believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatment, intervention and continuing an active life,

The people we serve, and their families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do.

Main duties of the job

The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) provides specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment and care to adults with a mental health need in their own environments and the community team base.

Interventions offered include:
  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment for adults over the age of 25 presenting with a mental health need
  • Providing access to and delivery of a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions on an individual, family & /or group basis, which focus on the recovery needs of the patient
  • Monitoring of mental health and delivering agreed treatment plans
  • Identifying lead professional/ Care Co-ordinator allocated
  • Regular clinical care planning and outcome reviews including the mental health cluster reviews
  • Providing relapse prevention planning, including crisis and recovery plans
  • A Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) model is also embedded within the CMHT.

About us

You will join a team of 3 full-time Consultant Psychiatrists covering the Adult Community service. Each Consultant Psychiatrist is allocated a geographical sector and you will cover an agreed number of GP practices within Primary Care Networks in Dereham, Breckland and Mid Norfolk.

The Adult Community Service receives on average 80 to 100 referrals a month. It is expected that the you will provide direct contacts for around 20 patients on average per month, in addition to providing advice to team members as needed for management of cases. Caseloads of practitioners are not expected to exceed 30 people.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Community Mental Health Team is made up of multi professional colleagues, including Nurses, Psychologists, Clinical Support workers, and associate practitioners. The Community Mental Health team also hosts graduate trainees, medical trainees and students, and nursing students.

For further information, please see the attached job description.

Person Specification
  • Entry on the GMC register
  • Section 12(2) Approved under the Mental Health Act (MHA)
  • Approved Clinician Status
  • Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCST

  • 6 months experience in specific specialty
  • 3 years or equivalent medical experience
  • Evidence of knowledge of diagnosis, treatment + management of complex mental illness

  • Experience of supervising junior medical staff
  • Teaching and presentation skills

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

  • Effective team working
  • Leadership qualities
  • Flexibility
  • Driving Licence/able to travel independently
  • Research

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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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