Consultant Psychiatrist - Learning Disabilities

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Depending on experience £84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Closing date
13 Apr 2023

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Learning Disability
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Consultant Psychiatrist looking for your next role as a dynamic clinical leader in Learning Disabilities Psychiatry? Are you dedicated and passionate about delivering outstanding mental health services?

We are looking for a dedicated Consultant who shares our vision for outstanding mental health care to adults with a learning disability, to provide psychiatric care and expertise to people resident in West Wiltshire.

You will work as part of a team with 2 Consultant Psychiatrists in Wiltshire. The service sits within a wider Directorate of 9 Psychiatrists, specialising in Intellectual Disability.

This is a full time community-based post with flexibility to the timetable to suit the work-life needs of suitable candidates looking for a particular job-plan.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with members of the multidisciplinary team to Facilitate access to universal services and partner providers through collaborative working

You will be a local champion for people with learning disabilities, and facilitate developing skills in health and social care staff working with adults with learning disabilities and autism.

The LD consultant group has a reputation for being a close knit group who actively support each other and whom work positively with service managers. The group meets monthly to ensure continuous improvement of our services and twice a month for academic meetings. The post has strong links with local generic psychiatry networks too

We are committed to your ongoing CPD, seeking to optimise your talents and enable you to achieve your career aspirations.The organisation will support the development of your areas of subspecialties and special interest and provide opportunities for you to share your expertise across areas, including our well reviewed Aldern Conferences

We offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages, including a relocation package of up to £8,000.

Wiltshire is a highly desirable place to live, if you are seeking the balance of beautiful rural locations and historic towns and villages and is bordered by Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, and Somerset. There are some remote working opportunities within the role.

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 Learning Disability Psychiatry
Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessing and treating LD patients in an inpatient and community 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 with Learning Disabilities and to deal with crisis situations.
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
  • Knowledge of current government policies in Learning Disabilities.
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.
Other Essential
  • Independently mobile and willing to travel

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Savernake Hospital



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