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Senior Clinical Fellow in Perinatal Psychiatry

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£29,384 to £51,017 a year plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Perinatal Care
Doctor - other
Full Time
This is an exciting, innovative new post being hosted at CNWL Hillingdon Perinatal Mental Health Service for a Clinical Fellow in Perinatal Psychiatry.

This post to our knowledge is the first of its kind being offered in London, ideally suited to a Doctor with expertise or interest in psychiatry wanting to gain knowledge in perinatal mental health, or considering an out of programme experience (OOPE) year in Perinatal Psychiatry, or wanting to take a break outside of training/move specialities.

The team is well established with good support from senior clinical and managerial colleagues, and recently was honoured to receive a Royal Visit from HRH Princess of Wales in recognition of the exemplar interagency working supporting women in the community with perinatal mental health needs.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be expected to provide high quality clinical care and contribute to the day to day management of the inpatients across both services, under the supervision of the Responsible Clinician.

The post-holder's time will be predominantly a clinical role seeing patients in maternity wards and community (home visits and outpatient clinics). There will also be opportunity for development of academic interest for motivated individuals to have protected time weekly with supervision to partake in a QI project/audit or research of a topic of their choice within perinatal mental health.

Motivated and enthusiastic applicants will also have opportunity to present and publish their work, as well as network across CNWL Trust, The Royal College of Psychiatrists and London Perinatal Networks.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) is one of the largest Trusts in the UK, caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs. We have approximately 7,000 staff that provide healthcare to a third of London's population and across wider geographical areas, including Milton Keynes, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire

CNWL has established a high quality multidisciplinary community and liaison perinatal mental health service across five London Boroughs. In the area served by the Trust, there are four Maternity Units with a projected delivery rate of >6,000/year at each of the following Acute Hospital sites:
  • Hillingdon Hospital (Hillingdon Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Northwick Park Hospital (North West London Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Chelsea & Westminster (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • St Mary's Hospital (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust)

The Riverside Mental Health Centre on the same site as the Hillingdon Hospital making it very convenient to move between both Trusts and Teams. The Hillingdon Hospital is a large Hospital with A&E and emergency care provisions, and funding has been agreed for a huge redevelopment for a modern and state of the art building to support both inpatient and community care.

Job description Job responsibilities

As part of each team, post-holder would be involved in the assessment and management of adults with mental health problems in a multi-disciplinary team approach under the leadership of the Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist.
  • Assessment (including assessment of risk), treatment and management of adults with mental health problems (functional and organic in the perinatal period (during pregnancy and up to 12 months postnatal).
  • Treatment, using a sound knowledge of the evidence for pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, in accordance with NICE and relevant guidance, including medication reviews in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Formulating specialist opinion about a bio-psycho-social care plan.
  • Contribution to Care Quality through audit and relevant participation in local and Trust wide care quality fora and processes
  • Active involvement in teaching of undergraduate medical students
  • Supervising the clinical work of multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Provide support to staff in the different applications of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
  • Supporting Consultant Psychiatrist in chairing meetings, Best Interest Meetings; and presenting in MHA Tribunals/Managers Hearing.
  • Supporting the MDT team to provide the best clinical care for patients
  • Accurate record keeping according to Trust and professional guidelines.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • oPrimary Medical degree
  • oFull GMC registration
  • oSection 12 approval
  • oMRCPsych qualification or equivalent
Clinical Experience Essential
  • oCompleted at least four years full time post graduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term trainee or have equivalent experience and competencies.
  • oExtensive experience in the management of a broad range of relevant mental disorders in adults and specifically matters arising in the perinatal period
  • oUnderstanding and experience of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • oExperience in managing patients from different cultural backgrounds
  • oWorking with interpreters and translation services
  • oExperience in working with Perinatal Mental Health and families during the perinatal period
  • oUnderstanding of medication use in pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • oUnderstanding of Child Safeguarding
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • oAbility to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach
  • oAble to work effectively in a team
  • oAble to build constructive relationships
  • oAbility to plan treatment programmes in conjunction with multi-disciplinary team
  • oPerson-centred in clinical approach
  • oAbility to provide medical and mental health assessments, formulate diagnoses and initiate treatment plans
  • oBasic IT skills
  • oExcellent clinical skills
  • oExcellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • oBroad knowledge of the biological, psychological and social determinants of mental disorders in old age and evidence based management interventions
  • oUp to date knowledge of recent DH documentation and NICE Guidelines
  • oExperience in teaching junior doctors and other professional groups
  • oExperience in audit
  • oAdvanced IT literacy
  • oExperience in trauma informed approach
  • oAttendance at teaching courses.
Other Essential
  • oCommitment to multi-disciplinary team working
  • oCommitment to Continuing Personal Development
  • oAbility to be flexible and work as part of a changing, dynamic organisation
  • oSickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust
  • oAbility to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.
  • oAbility to work on own initiative
  • oEnthusiasm
  • oProbity
  • oIndustriousness
  • oContribution to the development of a service
  • oEffective teaching skills
  • oFlexibility
  • oDriving license
  • oHave car available for community work

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