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Consultant in Learning Disabilities

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

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Learning Disability
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

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

There is truly a team spirit where every member of staff is supported. Dr Olukoya, Consultant Psychiatrist

Consultant Learning Disability Psychiatrist with 2.5 protected PA's for your area of interest.

We have some new and exciting opportunities in our Learning Disability community services across Suffolk as we enter the start of a service redesign and we are looking for Consultant Psychiatrists, ideally with Learning Disability experience, who are interested in joining and be part of the transformation of our service, we are able to shape our services. There are 2 posts available in east Suffolk amounting to 2.6 WTE and can be offered as part/full time.

The Learning Disability and Autism Specialist Service is not only being invested in financially, with a fresh approach to ideas and service delivery being supported by the Trust, we are confident our new model of care is the very best for the people we care for.

Main duties of the job

Who are we looking for?

You will need to be enthusiastic and conscientious and do everything you can to provide the best care to our service users. We are looking for someone who displays compassion, empathy and sensitivity.

What can we offer?

Our primary focus is on collaborative working; placing great emphasis on the assessment/recovery model. Many aspects relating to service user recovery is reflected within the assessment tools the patients and staff use.

Why Ipswich?

This town offers award-winning restaurants, marinas, fantastic shopping, annual festivals, and stunning parks and close to coasts. With excellent transport links to connect you to Cambridge, London and beyond but with lower than the national average house prices.

About us

If you are passionate about improving acute care,we have much to offer including:
  • Beautiful countryside with easy access to award winning coastal locations.
  • Excellent rail links to Cambridge and London
  • Affordable housing and reputable college and schools.
  • Relocation allowance / removal benefit
  • We have a strong education reputation and close ties with both the university of Cambridge and The University of East Anglia
  • Local teaching programme
  • Access and encouragement to partake in research and a well-established research network within the Trust

Job description
Job responsibilities
The Post
Title: Consultant PsychiatristSpecialty: Learning Disability Psychiatry East Suffolk Community and Inpatients

Job SummaryWe are seeking a consultant psychiatrist to join our East Suffolk Learning disability and Community Suffolk inpatient service teams.

Description of the Post

This post is based in Mariner House, with clinical bases at Haymills in Stowmarket and Walker Close, Ipswich. Clinical work will take place at any of these sites, but may also take place in another Trust location or other community destinations such as at a service user's home. The inpatient service is based at Walker Close, Ipswich.

The service provides secondary care service for adults age 18 upwards residing in the East Suffolk catchment area. The team receives referrals from Coastal, Ipswich Town and Central Suffolk. There is approximately a general population of 387,924 registered with a GP in the area. The team holds a current caseload of 150 and receives an average of 2-3 new referrals a week.

There are two substantive Consultant Psychiatrist posts for this team. The post holder will carry responsibility for inpatients within their community caseload (approximately 1-2 patients) and support them along the community and acute pathway to create the least restrictive treatment based on STOMP guidelines and the philosophy of NHS Transforming Care. Inpatient services are provided in a newly refurbished 6-bedded unit in Ipswich which is within a few miles from the base. The team is also supported by the Intensive Support service, which deals with all crisis referrals from 7.30am to 9pm with a proposed on-call service thereafter. The Intensive Support team deals with all emergency Mental Health Act referrals and A&E liaison calls.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership to the community and inpatient teams and work collaboratively with all MDT members and other learning disability service staff. The role provides clinical assessment and reviews of patients in discussion with the team, especially patients thought to be at high risk, those presenting with complex problems or those with diagnostic uncertainty.

While primarily responsible for delivering a quality clinical service, the consultant psychiatrist is also expected to be actively involved in the strategic development of the team and broader services, being involved with the team manager and service lead in helping to steer the development of the service in line with the strategic direction of the organisation.

Person Specification
  • GMC
  • MRCPsych or Equivalent
  • Approved Clinician and Section 12 Approval under MHA

  • Relevant higher degree (i.e. MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications)
  • Substantive experience at consultant level in the relevant specialism

  • Experience of the assessment and treatment of complex mental disorders in a relevant population
  • Experience of providing medical leadership in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Experience of building great teams
  • Relevant sub-specialty endorsement

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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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