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Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry within the Perinatal Team

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Perinatal Care
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Part Time
Specialty Doctor - Perinatal Mental Health Team, Milton Keynes

5 PAs

We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Specialty Doctor to work in our Perinatal Mental Health team in Milton Keynes. The team provide specialist care for women (and their babies) with moderate to severe mental illness, this includes offering pre-conceptual counselling alongside working with women during their pregnancy and up to 2 years postpartum. This is an energetic, creative and welcoming team which aims to offer and inspire excellence in community perinatal mental health care.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, energetic and passionate about delivering high quality patient-centerd care to patients. They 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.

The position requires full GMC registration and we are looking for a candidate with experience in general adult psychiatry and/or perinatal mental health. The post-holder will be part of a medical team consisting of a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Trainee Doctor.

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.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of the Perinatal Mental Health Team and provide specialist care for women (and their babies) with moderate to severe mental illness. The team is currently expanding its existing service in line with the NHS Long Term Plan, increasing the offer to women experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties related to the perinatal period from pre-conception up to 2 years postpartum

Additional opportunities for the post-holder:Attendance at the Oxford 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 14 if the post-holder is willing to apply to the Specialist Register

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) specialises in caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs.

Over the last few years our catchment area has grown significantly, making the Trust's population more diverse than ever. The area spans the communities of London, Milton Keynes and wider geographical areas of Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. There are areas of great affluence as well as deprivation, and there are over 100 first-languages spoken in these communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Provide high quality medical care with support from the Consultant.

Provide psychiatric assessments to patients referred to the team, including psychiatric history and mental state examination, and using a range of assessment methods as appropriate, including the relevant standardised risk assessment.

Provide psychiatric formulations and diagnoses and devise optimal treatment and management plans for patients with mental health and social issues of varying severity and complexity.

Provide timely advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, including the principles of prescribing in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Provide, with Consultant colleagues, a service with responsibility for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, and the proper functioning of the department.

Maintain the high level of expertise and skill necessary for the provision of excellent quality perinatal mental health care, aiming for optimal outcomes for mother, infant and the wider family.

Provide medical input to the Perinatal Services patients in a community setting in line with the agreed job plan. This includes assessments of womens mental health and mother-infant relationships and related risks, bio-psycho-social diagnostic formulations, exploration of prevention, treatment and care options, clear communication and shared decision-making with patients (and families as appropriate), communication and joint planning with other professionals and agencies by the most effective means, use of appropriate legal statutes and powers for example the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Childrens Act where necessary for good patient care.

Ensure care provided is in line with the vision and values of the service for patient-centred, compassionate, high quality care focussed on the needs of the woman, the baby and the wider family, facilitating shared decision-making at all times.

Ensure the highest standards of transparency and clarity in communication with women and other professionals (eg all correspondence addressed to the patient and copied to all professionals).

Support the Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrist in providing clinical supervision to junior doctors that are working or training in the service, and offering clinical advice and information as and when required to all staff.

Person Specification Education & Qulifications Essential
  • Primary Medical Degree Full GMC Registration GMC Licence to Practise
  • MRCPsych (or equivalent) Section 12 MHA Approved An additional post graduate qualification of relevance to (own specialty)
Experience , Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Experience as a fixed term trainee or as a Specialty Doctor on a part time or flexible basis in the field of general adult psychiatry.
  • Experience in working in a perinatal mental health team
Personal Skills & Qualities Essential
  • Excellent communication and empathic skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Timely and effective verbal and written communication skills with patients, carers, colleagues and multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Experience of team working
  • Sound organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative, making evidence-based decisions
  • Evidence of audit/QI experience

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