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Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Per Annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of substantive Consultant Psychiatrist to work equally across Willow Ward, our inpatient rehabilitation facility, and our new developing Community Rehabilitation Team, an exciting new offering from Somerset NSH FT in partnership with our VCSE colleagues.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, alongside our VCSE partnership alliance, have been forward thinking in combining our inpatient rehabilitation facility with our newly developing Community Rehabilitation Service, allowing for a responsive, dynamic and flexible approach to patients requiring rehabilitation.

This is a full-time post based at various placements across the county. The service is actively considering full time working over four days to enhance the working lives of consultants. We will also consider partly remote working again to ensure the wellbeing of our consultants. You will have an office, access to a laptop and mobile, along with dedicated administrative and secretarial support. You will also work with a full multi-disciplinary team and provide clinical leadership input.

Main duties of the job

Willow Ward is an 11-bed inpatient rehabilitation ward which provides a county wide service for female and male adults who require a high level of support and intensive rehabilitation; this is due to severe and enduring complex mental health conditions. These patients may also have one or more of the following, cognitive impairments associated with their illness, coexisting mental health conditions such as substance misuse, pre-existing neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and physical health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or pulmonary conditions. Together these complex problems affect a person's social and everyday functioning. Willow Ward accepts referrals from both inpatient services and community, and patients on the ward are both subject to the Mental Health Act or voluntary patients.

Willow Ward also provides a service to those people who have a primary diagnosis of a non-psychotic illness. Willow Ward will give appropriate advice/assessment/treatment and support patients in the mental health services and identify appropriate placements and or support packages for people with other mental health diagnoses or neurodevelopmental disorders.

About us

Yeovil District Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital (Somerset NHS Foundation Trust) are currently in the process of merging to become one single Trust, offering combined health care service to the population of Somerset. Our aim is to offer harmonious patient and workforce experiences across both sites, offering the same standard of care to our patients.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.


Taunton is a beautiful area of the South West, located between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Somerset offers you the opportunity to live near some of the UKs most desirable locations; from the beautiful local beaches; to the vibrant cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter.

The County town of Taunton boasts a wide range of local amenities including; an extensive range of shopping, a wide range of local restaurants, sporting and recreational facilities, and excellent educational facilities. Taunton's nightlife offers a great atmosphere with cosy pubs and trendy bars. Taunton provides access to the M5 motorway and a mainline intercity rail link with trains to London Paddington in less than 2 hours, and Bristol in 30 minutes

Job description Job responsibilities

Our vision is that the new service will offer longer-term support for people, considering the need for a whole-system approach which holistically addresses both physical and mental health care as well as wider social, and housing, needs. This will be person centred and needs-led and will support individuals to ensure that they do not experience a cliff edge when they transition into, out of, and between, services.

The service will need to be linked in with Open Mental Health and the Recovery College, as well as existing SFT teams including inpatient services, AOT, Dual Diagnosis and the Home Treatment Team. There will also need to be a clear housing and accommodation strategy which considers the need to be flexible based on client need.

In addition, the Community Rehab service will need to link with services and providers outside of SFT, for example Somerset County Council, District Councils, other VCSE providers and primary care.

There will be a commitment to open and honest communication within system partner interactions and with service users.

Person Specification Qualifications & Experience Essential
  • GMC Registration
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register; eligible for entry on Register or within 6 months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview or plans to obtain CESR
  • Ability to offer expert clinical independent responsibility for clinical care of patients.
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients.
  • Mental Health Act Approved Clinician (or plans to obtain approval within 4 months of appointment)
  • 3 years supervised training in an appropriate ST4- 6 equivalent training programme
  • MRCPysch Passed
  • Must be a car driver with a valid driving license
  • Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients
Communication Skills Essential
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills

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