Trust Doctor in Forensic Psychiatry

West London NHS Trust
£40,257 to £51,017 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Doctor - other
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated full time Trust Doctor, to join the Women's directorate of the West London Forensic services, based at The Orchard, St Bernard's Hospital Ealing.

The salary range for this post is £40,257 (CT1-2 equivalent) or £51,017 (CT3 equivalent) plus London Zone Weighting.

Candidates are invited to discuss this appointment informally and in confidence with Dr Mansi Sood, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead.

Email: Tel: 02084832195

Main duties of the job

You will be joining a well- established multi- disciplinary clinical team providing care across two wards. The wards are commissioned to provide care for women with mental disorders who require treatment in conditions of security. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of a consultant forensic psychiatrist to provide effective, responsive, caring and safe treatment for the women.

Your role would be, together with the Responsible clinician providing front-line mental health assessment and care including attending ward rounds, CPA meetings, community meetings and reflective practice.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one the most inclusive and diverse providers of NHS mental and physical health care in the UK. We deliver services in the community, inpatient, specialist and forensic (secure) settings, across 30 main sites. We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners and promoting patient and public involvement in research. We care for more than 99,000 people every year, serving a local population of 850,000 in Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.

The Trust has an overall CQC rating of Good and In December 2018, West London Forensic Service was rated outstanding by the CQC.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will work closely with the responsible clinicians for the patients. Dr Sood will be the line manager. Other members of the multidisciplinary team include a clinical psychologist, a social worker, two occupational therapists and full nursing teams. There is also input from an arts therapy team providing music, drama and art therapy, a family therapy team, a forensic psychotherapy team and the Drug and Alcohol Support Service. There is a comprehensive primary care and dental service.

Clinical duties

The following is a guide to the posts responsibilities, and is subject to review:

Clinical role
  • The assessment and initial treatment of newly admitted patients, including physical examinations
  • Working as part of the psychiatric team monitoring and promoting mental health
  • The organization and follow up of physical investigations as needed
  • Working with the primary care team and hospital colleagues to ensure high quality physical healthcare for the patients
  • The on-going assessment and management of inpatients, including contributing to multidisciplinary reviews by presenting updated clinical information on patients and documenting the multidisciplinary discussion
  • Participation in CPA meetings and relevant documentation
  • The preparation of CPA medical reports
  • Attendance at weekly clinical team meetings, reflective practice and community meetings where possible
  • Adhering to trust policies and maintaining clinical records
  • To arrange cross cover with CT1-3 colleagues for annual and study leave
  • Occasionally you may be asked to support a different part of the service 1 day a week to cover any service needs. This will be discussed and job planned as needed.

The post does not include participation on the on call rota but this opportunity may be available if the post holder wished to undertake these.

There is a regular forensic Academic Programme based on site and via MS teams. The local programme includes case presentations and reflective practice. In addition, both the Trust and Scheme organise periodic CPD events to which trainees are invited. Trainees are encouraged to review with their supervisor those opportunities to participate in internal or external courses and CPD events relevant to their training that may arise. The post holder will be encouraged to attend a weekly Balint group.

Please see attached Job description for further details

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Primary Medical Degree.
  • Full registration with the GMC.
  • MRCPsych.
  • Higher qualifications. Section 12(2) approval.
Eligibility Essential
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice
  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies by time of appointment in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice including: ogood clinical care omaintaining good medical practice ogood relationships and communication with patients ogood working relationships with colleagues ogood teaching and training oprofessional behaviour and probity odelivery of good acute clinical care
  • Experience in psychiatry
Language Skills Essential
  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, which could be demonstrated by one of the following: oApplicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English oApplicants have scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent equal to those required for recruitment to MMC specialty training programmes.
Clinical Skills Essential
  • Acute care safe: up-to-date basic life support training. Out of hours experience relevant to the post.
  • Relevant specialty clinical knowledge: An understanding of risk in the management of psychiatric patients
  • An understanding of the dynamics of working with mentally disordered offenders
  • Capacity to apply sound clinical knowledge relevant to the job.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended 2007) and other relevant legislation.
  • Clinical judgement: experience in making clinical decisions and managing risk. Knows when to seek help, able to prioritise clinical need.
  • Practical skills: shows aptitude for practical skills, required in the job.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in different clinical settings required in the job.
Communication Skills Essential
  • Effective communication skills: demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication and capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation.
  • Empathy and sensitivity: capacity to listen and take in others' perspectives.
  • Works in partnership with patients: always considers patients' preferences when discussing treatment options
  • Always considers the full impact of clinical decisions on the patients, Practice shared decision making.
  • Directs and supports patients to access the information they need to support decision making.
Personal Skills Essential
  • Willingness and ability to work within a multidisciplinary team. Willingness to work flexibly, adapting one's approach to the clinical situation and changing service provision.
  • Be able to actively listen and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of management of change.
Clinical Audit Essential
  • Willingness to participate in clinical audit activities.
CPD Essential
  • Willingness to engage with the appraisal process.
  • Registered with RCPsych CPD program.

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