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Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Learning Disability
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are looking for a consultant psychiatrist role in London working with intellectually disabled adults, we would love to hear from you. This is a full-time community job (10 PAs) based in the Hillingdon LD team, and you will work with a core trainee, higher specialist trainee and another part-time consultant (currently vacant). There is a well-resourced multi-disciplinary team. You will have a dedicated office and IT access as well as facilities for remote working. There is scope for academic work with Imperial College London.

Please also be aware that the Trust is currently recruiting for a part time (6 PA) Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability.

*AAC to be held mid to end April*

Main duties of the job

You will provide psychiatric input to intellectually disabled adults registered with Hillingdon GPs. This includes advice, assessment, medical treatment as well as risk management working closely with team colleagues. There may, very occasionally, be the need to take on supervisor role for CTO/restricted patients. You will have responsibility for your inpatients who can be admitted to two LD beds in the generic adult mental health unit in Frey's Ward, Riverside Centre, Hillingdon Hospital. You will work closely with the Local Authority and other partner agencies and contribute to the management of the team.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist Mental Health Trusts in England, providing a wide range of mental health and physical health services. You will work in an organisation that is in the top 100 employers in the UK and prides itself on the diversity of its staff and the care it delivers. It supports flexible and remote working (where appropriate) and actively supports the well-being of its staff.

The Trust spans eight boroughs and manages an element of Learning Disabilities services across these boroughs. The Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon LD community teams are employed and managed by the Trust whereas it employs psychiatrists for the RBKC, Westminster, K&C, Enfield and Milton Keynes services. The Trust (through the Learning Disability Service line) provides inpatient Assessment and Treatment services at The Kingswood Centre. The services are for people with a Learning Disability who have mental illness and/or behavior disorders so challenging that the local services are unable to meet their needs.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a Consultant Psychiatric service for adults with Learning Disabilities living in Hillingdon.
  • To ensure, support and develop the provision of ongoing psychiatric input to people with Learning Disabilities living in the community.
  • To attend community team referrals and complex case reviews, community team clinical governance and management meetings. The clinical case load will be a mix of clinic-based appointments, work in local residential providers and day resources.
  • To provide a Consultant Psychiatric service for people with a Learning Disability who may be admitted on Frays and Crane Ward, acute inpatient mental health wards at The Riverside Centre (2 beds). This would include providing Responsible Clinician cover, attending and providing Responsible Clinician input at weekly ward rounds, multidisciplinary meetings, administration and preparation of tribunal reports.
  • To lead the collaboration with mainstream mental health services within the Borough.
  • To be an active participant in the shaping of new services in light of recent and ongoing changes to the NHS, in collaboration with relevant Clinical and Service Managers.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a license to practice
  • Included on the GMC specialist register or within 3 months
  • Approved under section 12(2) MHA, 1983 or within 3 months
  • Approved Clinician status or within 3 months of appointment
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Registered as a Specialist in Learning Disability Psychiatry (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date)
  • Management training/qualifications
  • Recognized by Royal College of Psychiatrists as a specialist registrar trainer.
  • Post-graduate qualification in a field related to Psychiatry, or child care.
Knowledge Essential
  • Up-to-date knowledge in management of adults with learning disability
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation.
  • Specialist interest as demonstrated by publications or presentations to learned societies.
  • Knowledge of current issues in national strategic direction
Experience Essential
  • Wide clinical experience of Learning Disability and child psychiatry
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • Experience of multi-agency work, especially with user, carer and voluntary organizations
  • Experience in medico legal work
  • Experience in service management and development
Skills Essential
  • High level of clinical skill
  • Ability to work constructively in multidisciplinary teams and multi-agency systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to working with users, carers and voluntary organizations.
  • Established record of clinical leadership.
  • Established ability as clinical teacher
  • Established ability to research and/or audit.
  • Specific treatment modality skills
  • Computer literate
Personality and Attitude Essential
  • Disability centered values.
  • High standards of professionalism
  • Flexibility and capacity to work in changing environment.
  • Ability to lead and support colleagues
  • Enthusiasm to work with adults with complex chronic problems
  • Commitment to working as a member of the MDT

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