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Consultant Neuropsychiatrist - Lishman Inpatient Unit

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Pending Royal College Approval.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the Inpatient Consultant role at the Lishman Unit, the specialist neuropsychiatry inpatient unit at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The service has two pathways in the unit for adults aged 18 or over: a Level 1c Neurorehabilitation Unit for Acquired Brain Injury; and neuropsychiatry inpatients, predominantly patients with functional neurological disorder. The service accepts tertiary level patients with neuropsychiatric conditions with complex cognitive, behavioural or psychiatric problems beyond the scope of their local and district rehabilitation teams, or community psychiatric services.

Main duties of the job

The Lishman unit consultant has a key role in providing clinical leadership with senior decision making on a daily basis to contribute towards the MDT management of individual patients' rehabilitation needs.

The ward is currently a 15 bedded unit, typically with eight beds for the brain injury pathway, and seven beds for the neuropsychiatry pathway. There is scope to increase to 18 beds following the transition back to the Maudsley Hospital.

The consultant provides clinical supervision for both the higher and core trainees, and is encouraged to provide educational supervision to a small number of trainees across the trust. The post holder would be expected to engage on a regional (London) and national level with regard to the development of neurorehabilitation services throughout the country.

About us

SLAM Neuropsychiatry

Neuropsychiatry services at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust consist of an inpatient unit (the Lishman Unit - temporarily based at the Bethlem); outpatient services including a day programme for FND; and neuropsychiatry liaison service to Kings College Hospital (KCH) and St. Thomas' Hospital. There are close working relationships with neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology and neuroradiology.
  • There are excellent opportunities for CPD within the neuropsychiatry service, including a regular programme of external speakers (twice monthly), and a monthly case presentation. The post holder would be encouraged to attend and present at these sessions. There is also the quarterly Trust wide CPD afternoon with high profile key speakers including from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and King's Health Partners.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust is committed to improving the work experience of all employees under 'Making SLaM a Great Place to Work'.

The Trust is part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC). KHP is responsible for seeing 2 million patients each year, has 25,000 employees and 19,500 students, and a £2 billion annual turnover. It brings together the best of basic and translational research, clinical excellence and world-class teaching to deliver ground breaking advances in physical and mental healthcare.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for more details.

However the main responsibilities of the role are:

Provide clinical leadership and decision making for the patients on the Lishman Unit. This will be delivered through twice weekly ward rounds, MDT reviews, and ward review of patients.

Complete assessments for new patients alongside other senior members of the MDT both on the ward setting and as outreach assessments.

To manage, appraise and give professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed between consultant colleagues and the Medical Director and in accordance with the Trusts personnel policies and procedures.

To work flexibly and creatively as part of a multidisciplinary team promoting informed risk taking and anti-discriminatory practice.

To communicate clearly and effectively with staff of all major disciplines concerned with the provision of mental health care.

To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.

To participate in annual appraisal for consultants.

To attend and participate in the academic programme of the Trust, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD programme.

To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval including approved clinician status, and to abide by professional codes of conduct.

To participate annually in a job plan review with the clinical manager, which will include consultation with a relevant service manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with modernisation.

To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services, and share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to management.

To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the Medical Director and other managers in preparing plans for services.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised basic medical degree
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
Eligibility Essential
  • Fully registered with GMC with a licence to practice at time of appointment
  • Evidence for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within six months of gaining CCT
  • Section 12 approved
  • Approved clinician status
  • Accreditation in liaison psychiatry
Clinical skills, knowledge and experience Essential
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in a neuropsychiatric setting
  • Experience of working with patients with acquired brain injury and functional neurological disorder
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge within neuropsychiatry
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Other relevant experience eg. specific psychological therapies
  • Experience of service development on a local or national level
  • Experience of working in an inpatient unit specialising in neurorehabilitation or FND
  • Knowledge of recent developments and drug advances in neuropsychiatry
Academic skills and lifelong learning Essential
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership and collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and/or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Has led quality improvement projects leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients

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