LAS Core Trainee

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£40,257 to £51,017 a year per annum and dependent on experience
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Doctor - other
Full Time
Locum Approved for Service (LAS) Core Trainee

Inpatient service: acute female treatment ward (Topaz Ward) and mixed gender functional mental illness elderly ward (Pearl Ward)

We are looking for an enthusiastic doctor to join our inpatient service at the level of a core trainee (LAS) in psychiatry. The post may suit a variety of doctors, but may particularly suit doctors considering a career in psychiatry.

This post is split between Topaz Ward and Pearl Ward. Both wards are located in the Highgate Mental Health Centre.

Topaz Ward is a female acute treatment ward which manages patients with a broad range of mental illnesses but especially psychotic illnesses. Pearl Ward specialises in the care of older patients with functional illnesses such as psychosis and depression.

Supervision will be provided by the ward consultants and the post holder will have the opportunity to have study leave and attend the Trust's weekly academic meeting.

The post holder will be on the out of hours on call rota (approximately 1 in 15) and will contribute to the daytime 'duty bleep' rota at the Highgate Mental Health Centre.

Any potential applicants who would like to discuss the posts further are welcome to contact Dr Neil Stewart, Associate Clinical Director, Highgate Mental Health Centre: or mobile 07906785015

Main duties of the job

Highgate Mental Health Centre is one of two inpatient sites in the trust, the other being St Pancras Hospital. Topaz is a treatment ward and Pearl is an older adult ward.

On Topaz ward there is a consultant and middle grade sessions and a full time CT as well as sessions from an F1. There is usually a GP trainee working 50% on the ward but due to the GP trainee working LTFT they will not be on the ward for Feb 2023, so this post is partly to cover gap. There is a ward MDT.

On Pearl there is a consultant, a CT working LTFT 60% (post to cover the other 40%) sessions from F2 and a full time F1.

Supervision will be provided by the ward consultants. There is also consultant availability on the phone/email as needed. Outside those hours, the trainee receives support from the ST and consultant on call as needed. At the beginning of the post the trainer will determine the level of clinical supervision required. As a guideline, for core trainees who are new to psychiatry, it is mandatory for you to discuss all patient management decisions that you make, prior to their being enacted.

You will be required to join the afterhours full shift duty rota. This rota is resident. There are three 1 in 15 Core Trainee after hours rotas. There is also a 4th on call flexible rota for night shifts only. This person may be redeployed to cover rota gaps.

About us

C&I has worked closely with current service users and Trust staff to create a set of shared values that make sure people who use the Trust's services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery. These values are embedded in the campaign: Changing Lives - will help drive up the standards of care across the Trust. For people who use the C&I's services, these values meant that they can be assured that through their journey to recovery they will be guaranteed:o To receive a warm welcome through their journey to recoveryo That their dignity will always be respectedo That their care will be founded on compassion and kindnesso To receive a positive approach to care as they journey towards recoveryo High Quality Care from a highly trained team of professionalso That each individual will be part of the wider team in the journey to recovery -i.e. 'no decision about you, without you'.C&I staff are required to reflect these values throughout their service at the Trust both:o for people who use the services of the Trust, ANDo within their immediate teams and across the wider business of C&I.As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C&I values are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will ensure that all new patients admitted under your teams care are fully assessed, including an assessment of their physical state, so that a preliminary formulation of their problems is made, at the latest within two working days of their admission. All in-patients should be reassessed as necessary and no less frequently than once per week, so that an update is made before each main ward round.

You will attend ward rounds and CPA meetings. The post holder will liaise with primary and secondary care services regarding clients physical health issues. They will also work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team on a wide variety of psychosocial aspects of client care.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • GMC
  • MBBS
  • BSC
Education Essential
  • MBBS
Experience Essential
  • FY1 and FY2 year
Experience Essential
  • Working in Psychiatry

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