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Locum Consultant Psychiatrist - Hospital Liaison

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Are you passionate about delivering sustainable, high quality mental health services?

Do you want to work in a friendly, committed and established service where your knowledge, experience and skills will be valued?

We are seeking a Locum Consultant Psychiatrist to join the North Somerset Hospital Liaison Service to cover a 9 month maternity leave starting in May 2023.

The Hospital Liaison Service is based at Weston General Hospital, North Somerset. This is a small District General Hospital with approximately 220 beds and an Emergency Department open from 8am to 10pm. The hospital is part of the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

The role of the psychiatrist is for diagnostic and treatment advice as well as supporting the wider team in complex and high risk case management. The consultant will have a key clinical leadership role, with service improvement and development, alongside the team manager. In addition there is a significant teaching and training aspect to this role, for general hospital staff.

North Somerset Mental Health has a forward thinking and inclusive medical community dedicated to making changes for the better. We are committed to your development and helping you to achieve your career aspirations. You will be encouraged and supported to be involved in service leadership and management.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job include;
  • Assessment and management of in-patients with complex health care needs including co-morbid physical and psychiatric illness within Weston General Hospital, Weston-super-Mare.
  • Responsible Clinician (RC) status for inpatients within Weston General Hospital, Weston-super-Mare. and subject to the Mental Health Act 1983 (updated 2007)
  • Rapid assessment when required for patients presenting at ED
  • Diagnostic and medication advice to clinicians at Weston general hospital
  • The post holder will assist the Dementia Lead role within Weston General Hospital.
  • Provide specialist psychiatric advice within the general hospital setting.
  • Senior medical input into the multidisciplinary Mental Health Liaison Team
  • Senior interface with AWP community mental health services to ensure optimum psychiatric liaison services at this interface.
  • Direct responsibility for working with a small number of complex cases: approximately 10 -12 assessments or reviews per week.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g MD,PHD,Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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 of gaining CCT
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • CCT in General Adult Psychiatry and/or Old Age psychiatry
  • Endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry
Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in a general hospital setting.
Personal Skills Essential
  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Clinical Skills Essential
  • Ability to assess and treat psychiatric problems in Adults of working age and to deal with crisis situations.
  • Ability to assess and treat treatment resistant psychosis (including with complex co-morbidity) and work within recognised rehabilitation and recovery frameworks.
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
Teaching Essential
  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
  • Understand principles of teaching.
Research and Audit Essential
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project.
Management Essential
  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.

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