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Specialist Doctor General Adult Community Psychiatry

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£80,693 to £91,584 a year per annum
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Are you a Specialist Doctor with post graduate experience in Psychiatry? Does the idea of working flexibly within the community appeal to you? Would you like a knowledgeable and supportive team around you to aid in providing care to rural, scenic towns and villages?

We are seeking a Specialist Doctor in General Adult Community Psychiatry to join us and work closely with the wider community mental health service.

This post provides senior Psychiatric service to the Taunton CMHT and a small number of Assertive Outreach patients in AOT and both teams are based at Foundation House in Taunton. The Taunton CMHT offers a service to several GP practices in Taunton, Wellington and some local villages. The CMHT covers a combination of rural, small town and village populations.

Working with Somerset Foundation Trust you can expect:
  • 2 Medical Secretaries
  • Paid out of hours and on call
  • Up to 2 SPA per week
  • Full induction and the support of a mentor for new staff
  • Full support for CPD and paid study leave
  • Trust Postgraduate Medical Education programme
  • Full range of NHS benefits and yearly bonus

Main duties of the job

Within the CMHT there are two full-time consultants and two other Associate Specialists, who would be your close colleagues. Both consultants are Educational Supervisors, so there are core and sometime higher trainees working within the service. The community psychiatrists work together as a team, offering general support, cross cover arrangements for leave and have offices grouped together. The responsible doctors are determined by GP alignment.

The core CMHT works closely with the wider community mental health service and is referred to as CMHS. This consists of therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses, psychiatrists and three managers. We work together especially in complex cases and where there is higher risk to support patients and colleagues. This working together includes within patient consultation, professionals' meetings, care planning, referrals meetings and multi-disciplinary team meetings. We also have formal liaison meetings with inpatient services planning admissions and discharges.

About us

The Somerset Assertive Outreach service is expanding and works alongside the Dual Diagnosis service. The Dual Diagnosis service offers an intensive service to complex patients with significant substance use and associated risks and Taunton has a designated lead who assesses, manages or offers a consultation for this patient group. The DD lead in a Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP).

The Clozapine clinic which is also based on the Wellsprings hospital site is a well-functioning service which facilitates appropriate physical health monitoring with functioning, two-way communication with the psychiatrists and is run by experienced staff. This provides a safe and well-co-ordinated service.

Job description Job responsibilities

Community services have expanded across the Trust with concomitant expansion in staff as we have built up a new service called Open Mental Health in the last 2 years. This service works closely with primary care, the wider community, and the voluntary sector. This service includes psychologists, assistant psychologists, liaison staff, eating disorder leads and support workers. This staff body is linked in closely with CMHTs through team meetings and supervision. This affords greater skill mix and appropriate input for patients depending on risk level, diagnoses, and previous mental health treatment. This gives many more options for patients referred or being discharged from mental health services. Linked software and interface meetings ensure all referrals have a considered and appropriate offer with reduced repeated assessments. We can provide a more holistic service with greater satisfaction for staff and patients. The development of the OMH service led to Somerset FT being awarded Mental Health Trust of the Year in 2022 by the Health Service Journal.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.


Taunton is a beautiful area of the South West, located between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Somerset offers you the opportunity to live near some of the UKs most desirable locations; from the beautiful local beaches; to the vibrant cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter, all being within easy reach.

The County town of Taunton boasts a wide range of local amenities including; an extensive range of shopping, a wide range of local restaurants, sporting and recreational facilities such as Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton Racecourse and The Blackbrook Theatre.

Taunton also provides access to the M5 motorway and a mainline intercity rail link. Travel connections are convenient with the main line station offering trains to London Paddington in less than 2 hours.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • 3 years post graduate experience in psychiatry, or 4 years' experience divided between psychiatry, general practice or core medical
  • Completed foundation training or the equivalent
  • Full GMC registration and GMC Licence to practice. We are prepared to offer sponsorship for a suitable candidate regarding GMC status.
  • Section 12 approval MHA
  • MRC Psych Examination Passed
  • Higher degree/diploma to equivalent in relevant field or psychological studies

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