Consultant Psychiatrist West Older Peoples Community Mental Health

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Apr 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
This is a replacement post into the existing Consultant complement.

The post holder will join an existing compliment of community Older People Consultants and an integrated team to provide mental health care to the Chester City population. The team have a strong integration approach with links to primary care services and care communities.

The post holder will provide leadership to community staff and community care to patients with dementia (and related conditions) and severe and enduring mental disorders aged 65 and above.

The service takes referrals from GP surgeries covering a population of 48,000 over 65s. The workload will be managed by 3 Community consultants who liaise with inpatient consultants when their patients are admitted. Community consultants (including this post) have their own geographic patch within the locality.

The post holder will have an important role in further development of integration of mental and physical health in our neighbourhoods to ensure alignment with the plans for the WCICP and the Long term plan.

The post holder will participate in the West Consultant Psychiatrist on-call rota.

Main duties of the job

  • The Consultant will be expected to undertake 11 PA per week divided into 7.5 Direct Clinical Care (DCC) and 2.5 Supporting Professional Activities (SPA). In addition he/she will be expected to contribute to on call rota and additional 1 PA for emergency work. These duties will be negotiated with the West Place Based Clinical Director.
  • Clinical duties will be prioritised in line with Trust policies to ensure safe and effective practice to those with the greatest need. The work programme will be balanced to ensure that the Consultant is supported. Prioritisation will be used to maintain acceptable workload if demand exceeds capacity.
  • Provide consultant medical input to the CMHT for The Chester City Patch, which will be part of the West footprint of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Input into both organic and functional patients. Management of complex cases.
  • Mental Health Act implementation.
  • Care plan and treatment formulation, guidance on evidence-based treatment and effectiveness.
  • Provide case discussion opportunity to all team members but also provide supervision to the Advance Nurse Practitioner, memory nurses and trainees if applicable.
  • Clinical leadership of team.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • 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
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

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