Specialty Doctor in Adult Psychiatry (Inpatient Service)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year Plus £2162 London allowance per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Specialty Doctor to work on our Adult Mental Health Wards at Harrow Mental Health Centre, Northwick Park Hospital on a full time basis (10 PA's).

Our adult mental health wards are 18-bed adults inpatient ward in Harrow Mental health unit. Both Fernley Ward and Eastlake Ward are predominately for working-age adults in mental health crisis and requiring acute hospital admission.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, energetic and passionate about delivering high quality care to patients acute and chronic psychiatric conditions, ensuring that assessment and interventions are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way.

Main duties of the job

The position requires full GMC registration and we are looking for candidates with at least three years' experience in general adult psychiatry to work in a busy acute psychiatric ward for inpatients. The post-holder will be part of a medical team of a ward consisting of a Consultant Psychiatrist and up to two Trainee Doctors. 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.

Additional opportunities for the post-holders:
  • Attendance at the Imperial MRCPsych courses for those who intend to sit the RCPsych examinations
  • One to one supervision with a Consultant
  • Participation in local CPD activities
  • This post is designed to equip doctors who want to develop toward further progression in their professional career through multiple opportunities. From this post you may gain up to four referees required for application to Article

About us

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.

In line with the NHS 10-year long term plan, CNWL Harrow has embedded the Trauma Informed Approach, for, in our mental health wards. All staff receive regular training and supervision in both formulation and treatment, using this approach. The Inpatient care is delivered by an integrated multi-disciplinary team with a shared sense of ownership for the ward environment as well as the clinical services provided. The post-holders will adopt a pragmatic leadership style as a way of promoting this type of ward environment, thus ensuring collaborative working both at a clinical and an operational level.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Assessment (including assessment of risk), treatment and management of adults with mental health problems (functional and organic) admitted to the ward.
  • Treatment, using a sound knowledge of the evidence for pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, in accordance with NICE and relevant guidance.
  • 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, GPVTS and multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Developing a role in the clinical leadership of teams.
  • experience in the management of patients Mental Health Act
  • Experience in the different applications of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
  • Supporting Consultant Psychiatrist in chairing CPA meetings and Ward Rounds, 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
  • oSection 12 approval
Clinical Experience Essential
  • oCompleted 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.
  • oExtensive experience in the management of a broad range of relevant mental disorders in older adults
  • oExperience in managing patients from different cultural backgrounds
  • oWorking with interpreters and translation services
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • oAbility to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach
  • oAble to work effectively in a team
  • oAble to build constructive relationships
  • oAbility to plan treatment programmes in conjunction with multi-disciplinary team
  • oPerson-centred in clinical approach
  • oAbility to provide medical and mental health assessments, formulate diagnoses and initiate treatment plans
  • oExcellent clinical skills
  • oExcellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • oBroad knowledge of the biological, psychological and social determinants of mental disorders in old age and evidence based management interventions
  • oUp to date knowledge of recent DH documentation and NICE Guidelines
  • oExperience in teaching junior doctors and other professional groups
  • oExperience in audit
  • oAdvanced IT literacy
  • oPractical experience in a short-term psychological therapy
  • oExperience in trauma informed approach
  • oAttendance at teaching courses
Other Essential
  • oCommitment to multi-disciplinary team working
  • oCommitment to Continuing Personal Development
  • oAbility to be flexible and work as part of a changing, dynamic organisation
  • oSickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust
  • oAbility to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.
  • oAbility to work on own initiative
  • oEnthusiasm
  • oProbity
  • oIndustriousness
  • oContribution to the development of a service
  • oEffective teaching skills
  • oFlexibility
  • oDriving license
  • oHave car available for community work

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