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Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry (Lewisham)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £88,364 - £119,133 pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Perinatal Care
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has risen for a substantive, 8-PA consultant psychiatrist post in the Lewisham Perinatal Community Mental Health Service. The successful candidate will work with other members of the specialist Lewisham perinatal service team to deliver high quality, safe, evidence-based care and to support service innovations, quality improvements and clinical research in perinatal psychiatry within SLaM, sharing strong clinical leadership within the team.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed consultant psychiatrist to work in a specialist perinatal service, providing flexible clinical leadership and consultant responsibility and working closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team including an existing consultant. The post holder will provide clinical work specifically in the Lewisham Perinatal Community Mental Health Service in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

Main duties of the job

  • To Provide Clinical Leadership and Consultant input into the Southwark Perinatal team
  • To take consultant responsibility for Community/Liaison Perinatal Team patients, assessing or supervising assessment of patients and devising or helping to devise appropriate treatment plans and medication regimes and providing prompt medical response for those patients under their direct care and advise and work closely with other members of the MDT.
  • Reviewing patients on the case load on a regular basis.
  • To provide intensive and expert intervention and management of acutely ill patients under the care of the team.
  • To work flexibly with the other consultants across the boroughs to ensure good transitions of care for patients delivering at Kings College Hospital and living in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark , Lewisham.
  • To offer expert risk assessment and management skills
  • To work flexibly and creatively as part of a multidisciplinary team promoting informed risk taking and anti-discriminatory practice
  • To deliver Service Line management working with the team leader, Clinical Service Lead and Clinical Lead
  • Liaison with/advice to General Practitioners concerning service users subject to CPA.
  • To maintain help to address clinical governance issues within the Community Perinatal Service and work alongside national standards for these service.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave. We offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance. We support a range of flexible working options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development: There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease: Our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation: Our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

  • 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 ensure that junior medical staff working with the post holder operate within the parameters of the New Deal and are Working Time Directive compliant.
  • To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively using Slams ePJS (electronic patient journey system).
  • To undertake the administrative duties and record keeping associated with the care of patients.
  • To carry a mobile smart phone during work hours provided and paid for by the service, and be contactable by members of the team or other colleagues by phone and email.
  • To work flexibly and creatively as part of a multidisciplinary team promoting informed risk taking and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • To work flexibly with other teams in the associated acute trusts, with GPs and statutory services, and across SLaM and other mental health trusts, to ensure good coordination of care
  • 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, 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
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Evidence for inclusion in the Specialist Register (psychiatry) or within six months of gaining CCT.
  • Section 12 approved Approved Clinician status or able to achieve within three months of appointment
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines e.g. Fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Membership of the Royal Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons, Certificate in Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Experience of, and/or training in assessing and treating patients in perinatal psychiatry settings
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Previous experience of leadership of a team and understanding of change management
  • Willingness to be involved in management of the service and help to ensure the continuing financial wellbeing of the service
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes Commitment to Clinical Governance
  • Experience of service organisation and development
  • Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to make good relationships with colleagues across the NHS, third sector, and other organisations
  • Ability to handle the media

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