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Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to recruit a part-time consultant psychiatrist for the Liaison Service for University Hospitals Dorset (UHD).

The successful applicant will be based at Poole General Hospital.

Liaison psychiatry is an incredibly varied subspecialty, and in addition to a broad and exciting range of clinical work, a rewarding part of the job is in developing and managing relationships with acute hospital colleagues from different backgrounds and specialties.

The post is being offered as a fixed term sixteen month appointment pending the reorganisation of UHD and the planned closure of the Poole Hospital Emergency Department currently due to take place at the end of November 2024.

Main duties of the job

  • This is a post for a 6 PA Liaison Consultant Psychiatrist working within University Hospital Dorset Trust (UHD) and based at Poole Hospital.
  • UHD Trust comprises two acute hospitals; the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital which merged on 1 October 2020, creating a new organisation. This has provided opportunities and potential benefits to the way patient care is delivered in the future and may lead to better outcomes, improved quality, and more efficient service delivery.
  • The postholder will work within the developing Liaison Psychiatry Service which aims to provide a comprehensive service to patients attending the acute hospitals in Poole and Bournemouth. The UHD Liaison Psychiatry service was PLAN accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in October 2021.
  • We currently have 3 consultant Liaison psychiatrists working within the service. You will join a well-established, highly motivated, and experienced medical and clinical team.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • General medical Qualification e.g. MBBS, or equivalent and hold a Licence to Practise.
  • MRCPsych or recognised equivalent, e.g. membership of a psychiatry college in another country.
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • Additional clinical qualification
  • On Specialist Register in Liaison specialism Psychiatry.
Eligibility Essential
  • Must be in possession or within 6 months of possession of a CCT in Psychiatry or on Specialist Register in Psychiatry.
  • Section 12(2) approval and Approved Clinician approval or ability to obtain approval before starting post
Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wider medical knowledge.
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Make decisions based on evidence and experience including contribution of others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience of medicine outside psychiatry e.g. general practice, medicine.
Dorset Health Care Values Essential
  • Proactive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy, and positive
Management Skills Essential
  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of good patient care
  • Evidence of management
Leadership Skills Essential
  • Understand principles of leadership and give examples of leadership in own practice.
  • Able to provide clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Leadership skills training
  • Evidence of Leadership role's
Clinical Governance Essential
  • An understanding of the importance of Clinical Governance in the NHS organisations and importance in patient care.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation
  • Evidence of participating in clinical governance
Self Awareness Essential
  • To have an understanding of the stresses involved in being a consultant psychiatrist and how to manage these appropriately
  • To have an understanding of own strengths and weaknesses and how these attributes affect professional functioning
Supervision of Junior medical Staff Essential
  • Knowledge of requirements for supervision and appraisal of junior medical staff.
  • Enthusiasm for supporting junior medical staff
  • Approved educational supervisor training
  • Teaching Experience
  • Experience of clinical supervisor role
Research and Audit Essential
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication
  • Ability to supervisor junior medical staff undertaking research projects

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