Consultant Psychiatrist in Perinatal Mental Health

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
26 Mar 2023

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Perinatal Care
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a dynamic Consultant Psychiatrist for our Brent Perinatal Service, based in Mental Health Centre, Northwick Park Hospital.

The successful candidate will have excellent leadership qualities. They will be highly motivated and passionate about delivering high quality care for perinatal mental health

We would consider applicants for both Brent and Harrow.

*AAC to be held end of April/beginning of May*

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be expected to lead on, in partnership with the service manager, quality improvement initiatives and service evaluation projects and will be encouraged to lead on research.

Together with the service manager, the post-holder will provide overall clinical leadership for the multidisciplinary team as well as direct clinical assessments, consultations, risk assessments and care plans.

Other duties include:
  • Clinical supervision of specialty doctors working with the team
  • Responsible Clinician duties
  • Regular clinical liaison with community mental health teams
  • Regular liaison with families and carers
  • Regular liaison with other stakeholders as appropriate

About us

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) comprises specialist multidisciplinary perinatal mental health teams five boroughs served by the trust (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) enabling the delivery of evidence based perinatal mental health care through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and voluntary sector.

You will join a team that delivers specialist community perinatal mental health service (PMHS), which integrate maternity services, community and primary care services. We respond rapidly to presentations within the maternity context and address the risks to both mothers and infants of perinatal illness We focus on prevention, early detection with NICE guidelines and based in the community, close to mothers and babies.

In addition, the Northwick Park Mental Health Unit has an ECT suite, two adult wards, the home treatment team, the psychiatric liaison service and management team. Consultant and junior doctor offices and are based within the management suite ensuring staff feel part of the broader mental service.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Management of patients in service
  • Management of complex cases
  • Clinical leadership of team.
  • Role in assessment of referrals/admissions.
  • Care plan and treatment formulation within the trauma informed framework, guidance on evidence-based treatment and effectiveness.
  • Liaison and collaborative working with other services/agencies.
  • Mental Health Act implementation.
  • Multi-disciplinary, multi-agency and partnership working
  • Ensure that physical health needs are addressed
  • Review and monitoring of the caseload to ensure appropriate care packages are put in place and discharges facilitated to maintain patient flow.
  • Following the cross-cover protocol that has been agreed with another team or colleague which will make sure appropriate cover is in place during absences.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Medical degree
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Relevant higher degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications
Eligibility Essential
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
Transport Essential
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative.
Clinical Skills, Knowledge and Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in acute and community psychiatric settings
  • Evidence of interest in Perinatal Mental Health
  • Experience in leading a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent clinical skills using biopsycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills required to function successfully as a Consultant Psychiatrist
  • IT skills relevant to working in a modern NHS environment
  • Knowledge of recent developments and drug advances in perinatal psychiatry
  • Knowledge of key issues associated with the development of Perinatal Mental Health Services
  • Knowledge of NHS planning and commissioning processes
  • Experience in Perinatal Mental Health Services Other relevant experience (e.g. specific psychological therapies)

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