Consultant Psychiatrist (Pain Service)

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year pro rata
Closing date
12 Apr 2023

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Contract Type
Part Time
Dedicated to two well established persistent pain teams in the boroughs of Oldham and Bury, this post offers an exciting development for a consultant psychiatrist with an interest in persistent pain. Established knowledge from the teams has indicated high levels of complex mental health problems in this patient group including low mood, anxiety, complex trauma and unhelpful use of prescribed opioids. Patients are often in receipt of complex prescribing regimes for pain and mood related difficulties. Hence this post would be well suited to a Consultant Psychiatrist who is committed to integrated working to offer a coordinated MDT approach and interested in mind/body interaction.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work alongside other clinicians including mental health professionals, physiotherapists, pain nurses, pain consultants, and GPs with a Special Interest in Pain.

The aim of these services is to improve the care and outcomes for those living with persistent pain. In addition to linking in with physical health services the pain service will work with local Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services and Substance Misuse services, helping support them and Primary Care to improve care. Many people seen by the service will have persistent physical symptoms, long-term conditions and complex psychological/ psychiatric difficulties. The aim is to bridge the gap between physical and mental health and primary and secondary care.

The role of the post holder will involve working with colleagues from physical and mental health and primary care backgrounds providing education, supervision and consultation.

About us

This new post is now available within Psychological Medicine Services in Pennine Care, working with both the Oldham Persistent Pain Service and Bury Integrated Pain Service. This post builds on the development of both of these services which integrate expertise from physical and mental health and primary and secondary care, to provide a person centred approach to the management of people living with chronic pain. These services have developed over the last few years as a collaboration between Northern Care Alliance, Pennine Care and Pennine MSK.

The appointee will play a key role in consolidating this service development in line with national, reginal and local strategy and priorities, and build on the work of previous post holders who are retiring.

Candidates wanting to work full time are encouraged to apply, as there are opportunities for working another 2 programmed activities within the Trust.

Job description Job responsibilities

These include clinical, liaison and educational. The post holder will take an active part in the implementation and evaluation of the new service. Clinical work will include assessment and interventions with people age 16 and over who are in the pain service who require specialist psychiatric assessment. Full details are in the job description.

The post holder needs excellent knowledge and experience of assessing and providing mental health interventions for people with complex health problems. This will include a bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical and mental health knowledge. The post is suitable for those with a CCT in adult psychiatry. An endorsement in liaison psychiatry and/ or substance misuse is desirable but not essential.

NB JD/PS submitted to RCPsych and awaiting approval

Person Specification transport Essential
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving license OR provides evidence of proposed alternative.
skills knowledge and experience Essential
  • Excellent knowledge in liaision psychiatry and/ or neuropsychiatry including knowledge and evidence of experience of persistent physical symptoms with unclear pathology, and long term conditions with complex psychological problems
  • Evidence of experience and knowledge of a range of psychological interventions for this patient group
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Evidence and experience of working within a mulitidisciplinary framework
  • Evidence of being 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
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Evidence of experience of and enthusiasm for service development and understanding of D.O.H strategy regarding this area of clinical work and the challenges and process of implementation.
  • Recent experience and training in older age psychiatry with good working knowledge of assessment and management of people with dementia and delirium.
  • Recent experience of working with people with neuropsychiatric difficulties
Qualifications Essential
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • CCT in General Adult psychiatry with endorsement in Liaison psychiatry
  • Additional clinical qualifications.
eligibility Essential
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a license to practice at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 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
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
lifelong learning Essential
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflects 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 clinical audits leading to service change.
management Essential
  • Flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing service needs
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and managers.
  • Awareness of NHS management and funding arrangements and Integrated Care System structures
  • Management training / experience. Experience of involvement in service development.

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