Consultant Forensic Intellectual Disability Psychiatrist

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

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Full Time
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This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join the newly developed low secure forensic learning disability service based on Turner ward, Shaftesbury Clinic, South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust. The forensic service sits within the Specialist Service Line of the Trust. The service is a provider within the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) Forensic Provider Collaborative (PC). The SLP Forensic PC's overarching goals centre on bringing care closer to home, improving patient pathways and outcomes by delivering excellent care in better environments.

The SLP has a track record of delivering highly effective, clinically informed service developments across the Pathways within the Forensic PC. The post holder will be joining a skilled, motivated and innovative multidisciplinary team committed to continual learning and development and will be offered excellent CPD opportunities.

We are looking for a consultant with the interest and skills in providing strong medical leadership to take our services forward.The role is being offered on a permanent basis, alongside a tailored management leadership programme for those individuals who would be interested in pursuing this.

Additionally, we offer a number of enhanced benefits, including a relocation package available- Up to £8,000 relocation package available *terms and conditions apply*

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide medical leadership to the team on Turner LDA ward a 12 bedded low secure ward within the new Shaftesbury building in Springfield Hospital. The Consultant will work closely with the ward manager and the wider service to ensure safe, efficient and effective service delivery that meets the Trust's Key Performance Indicators and the SLP Forensic PC objectives.

From January 2022 this unit will be housed in a state-of-the-art new secure building on the Springfield Hospital site. The ward has been suitably adapted to provide the optimal environment in which to deliver care and treatment to patients with intellectual (learning) disabilities who may also have Autism. The service is provided by a full specialist multidisciplinary team equipped to effectively assess and treat coexisting mental disorders in this group and to provide appropriate therapies.

The Consultant will carry overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, treatment and rehabilitation focused care delivered by the Team. Where problems arise, the Consultant will be afforded robust support by the service Matron, Associate Clinical Director, the Clinical Director and where necessary the Medical Director and Chief Executive.

Assessment date: 6th March 2023 (via MS Teams)

Interview and AAC panel date: 7th March 2023

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.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Medical leadership, working in the multi-disciplinary team and working closely with, and providing cross-cover to other Consultant Psychiatrists and occasionally their Associate Clinical Director within the service line.
  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, medication management and the recovery focused care delivered by the Team
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working with social care, statutory and voluntary and third sector partners.
  • Ensuring the delivery of effective, efficient and safe, recovery focused mental health care.
  • Engagement in gatekeeping assessments of referrals
  • Provide a forensic consultancy service to the Borough of Kingston
  • Availability within normal working hours 5 days a week for urgent review and management including formal Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Participation in the Forensic weekday 9-5 emergency consultant rota (Monday- Friday)
  • Providing cross-cover for the Consultant colleagues where necessary.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • -Primary Medical degree.
  • oFull GMC registration
  • -MRCPsych or equivalent.
  • -Included on the GMC Specialist Register for General Adult Psychiatry or eligible for such inclusion on the Specialist Registrar within three months of completing their CST.
  • -Section 12 (2)/AC approval under the Mental Health Act or be willing to apply for such approval once in post.
  • Qualifications in change management and service development skills
Knowledge Essential
  • -Completed minimum of three years full time training in approved higher psychiatric training scheme.
  • -A detailed knowledge of main treatment approaches for intellectual disabilities and autism, risk assessment and risk management, interface with the Criminal Justice system and forensic inpatient settings.
  • -Knowledge and experience of the ICETR process
  • -Experience of teaching medical and non-medical staff, including those who may not have a formal qualification
Teaching Essential
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry
  • Teaching Qualification Evidence of feedback good from students
Audit & Management Essential
  • Commitment to developing practice through clinical audit and/or research
  • Commitment to working with allied agencies including carer's groups, and local charities.
  • Experience of service planning and development
  • Experience of working with third sector partners
Research & Publication Essential
  • Evidence of participation in research, and outcomes of studies
  • Higher degree in research
  • Completion of a research project and evidence of it's dissemination
  • Publication in a peer reviewed journal

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