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Specialty Doctor in Liaison Psychiatry

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit a full time Specialty Doctor for the Luton Liaison Psychiatry Service. The post holder will join the existing multidisciplinary Liaison Psychiatry service at East London Foundation Trust and Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The post is permanent, however, applications from doctors who plan to subsequently apply for higher training may also be considered.

This new specialty doctor post has been developed to support the work of the department covering a working age and older adult population. The post is well supervised and is suitable for doctors with three or more years of psychiatric experience. There are opportunities for special interest sessions in more specialist areas of liaison psychiatry. Supervision of junior doctors is an important part of the role along with involvement in departmental teaching, including of undergraduates, and involvement in audit and quality improvement. Working hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday, but applications are welcome from those who wish to work part-time or flexible hours can be considered as well.

Our Trust has an excellent record in training and development for SAS doctors. There are SAS specific training days and various development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The Specialty Doctor will work closely with the consultant psychiatrists of the team and will be responsible for the assessment and management of mental health problems on a routine and emergency basis. On average 8.5 Programmed Activities per week will be devoted to Direct Clinical Care. Special interest sessions or dedicated time and support to work towards CESR can be negotiated with the Clinical Director.

The post holder will support both the liaison service in multidisciplinary assessment, treatment and management of patients with mental disorders as envisaged in NICE Guidelines. The post holder will liaise with the other relevant organisations e.g. Luton and Dunstable Acute Hospital ensuring a seamless service.

The workload in PLS is variable and is dependent on number of referrals. The specialty would be expected to attend handovers at 0900 and 1230 on the day they are working in PLS. These handovers usually last no more than 30 minutes. During the handover, the consultants and shift coordinator allocate the workload according to clinical and service need.

The post-holder will have opportunity to participate in Quality Improvement Projects and further service development of the Liaison Psychiatry offer in the general hospital setting. The team are working towards PLAN accreditation.

Candidates must have experience of working in psychiatry and be on the GMC register with evidence of relevant training and experience.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information relating to this vacancy please see attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Research Essential
  • Audit experience
  • Experience of research work, or service evaluation, especially in psychosis and cultural psychiatry
Teaching and Supervision Essential
  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Experience of teaching
Clinical Skills Essential
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating and innovative
  • Expertise in risk assessment
  • Confident in therapeutic risk taking
  • Commitment to clinical governance and QI
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability and commitment to work with carers and families
  • Ability to adjust therapeutic approaches according to service users' cultural needs
Qualifications Essential
  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
  • Approval under Section 12(2) of Mental Health Act 1983, or plan to gain approval within 6 months of appointment.
Organisational Essential
  • Ability to work as a part of multidisciplinary, multi-model team
  • Ability to manage complex workloads and support others to do that
  • Consultation skills to services, teams and individuals
  • Commitment to working in multidisciplinary setting
  • Commitment to working with service users on service development
Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of clinical work in Acute Adult or Old Age Psychiatry within the last 3 years
  • Good working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act
  • Appreciation and understanding of ethnic minority issues and a commitment to developing culturally sensitive practices
  • Robust experience of working with severe and enduring mental illness and risk assessment, management
  • Experience of Quality Improvement projects

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