Locum Consultant Psychiatrist (Eating Disorders)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year pro rata per annum plus London Zone Allowance
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Eating Disorders
Part Time
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This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join the EDS Inpatient National Service (Avalon Ward) in our brand-new, state of the art hospital site (Trinity) in Tooting at the heart of South West London as a Locum Consultant Psychiatrist.

Avalon ward has a total of 18 bedrooms and the CQC review from 2022 resulted in 'GOOD' rating in all domains. Avalon team have also won a Trust-wide award for the 'Team of the Year 2022'.

The post holder will work 8 PAs alongside another part-time consultant psychiatrist. Each consultant will have a caseload of patients, proportionate to the time on the ward (usually 12 + 6).

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Locum Consultant Psychiatrist with the interest and skills in providing strong medical leadership to join our welcoming team.The role is being offered on a fixed term basis for a period of 6 months initially and with an opportunity to apply for a substantive post.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide medical leadership in the Eating Disorders Inpatient National Service (Avalon Ward). The Locum Consultant will work closely with a Consultant colleague who is also on the ward for 2 days of the week and with the Team Manager to ensure a safe, efficient and effective service.

The Locum Consultant will carry overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care of patients with eating disorders (in many cases Anorexia Nervosa): overall lead of multidisciplinary team, care planning including discharge planning, risk assessment and management, initiation of medication when appropriate, liaising with referrers and other colleagues, use of mental health act including reports writing, attending Tribunals, CTO meeting etc. There is an opportunity for teaching and clinical supervision of trainees.

This role is suited to a final year trainee and/or specialty doctors who are looking for their next step in their career as a Locum Consultant. The role is an ideal opportunity to progress you career and there is a possibility of the role being offered on a permanent basis in the future (subject to royal college approval etc.).

As a Trust we are proud to offer agile and flexible working opportunities as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6 pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our location:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our £150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description Job responsibilities

Our Eating Disorders Services work closely together with South London and Maudsley Eating Disorders Service within Adult ED Provider Collaborative in South London Partnership (SLP). SLP has been formed by three Trusts: South West London & St. Georges MH Trust, South London and Maudsley and Oxleas Trusts and we work as partners and collaborators to provide best quality care for population of South London. SLP has an excellent reputation locally and nationally.

In your role you will:
  • Medical leadership, working in the multi-disciplinary team and working closely with, and providing cross-cover to other Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, initiation of medication when appropriate, and the recovery focused care delivered by the Team
  • Availability within normal working hours 5 days a week for urgent review and management including formal Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Providing cross-cover for the Consultant colleagues where necessary.
  • Management of complex cases
  • Allocation of resources, in collaboration with the team manager, to service users and carers.
  • Ensuring the delivery of effective, efficient and safe, recovery focused mental health care.
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working with social care, statutory and voluntary and third sector partners.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • -Primary Medical degree.
  • -Full GMC registration.
  • -MRCPsych or equivalent.
  • -Included on the GMCs Specialist Register or eligible for such inclusion.
  • -Specialist Registrars within three months of completing their CCSTs (in child and adolescent psychiatry).
  • -Section 12 (2) approval of the Mental Health Act or be willing to apply for such approval once in post.
  • Higher degree or additional qualifications
Experience Essential
  • -Completed minimum of three years full time training in approved higher psychiatric training scheme
  • -A detailed knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • -Therapeutic skills relevant to the management of people with eating disorders and comorbid conditions.
  • -Competence in the assessment and management of risk especially risks linked to eating disorders and of self-harm and suicide.
  • -Competence in psychopharmacology
  • -Competence in non-medication therapeutic approaches
  • -Experience of supporting families and carers in the management of risk and impact of mental illness
  • -Evidence based practice
  • -Knowledge and understanding of relevant national and professional guidelines
  • -Knowledge and understanding of the centrality of Safeguarding
  • -Clinical experience in an in-patient unit
  • - Clinical experience In eating disorders
  • -Knowledge and understanding of electronic mental health records and Information and Communications Technology
  • -Approved training in relevant therapeutic practice, especially Family Therapy
  • -Specific experience in one or more therapeutic modalities e.g. CBT, DBT

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