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Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Per annum
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Psychiatrist, Adult mental health nurse
Contract Type
Full Time
There is an exciting opportunity for a second consultant psychiatrist to work in Bedfordshire and Luton to support the development of a countywide perinatal service. There is an established multidisciplinary team who work collaboratively with colleagues in other mental health services, maternity services and health visiting services. There are networks with other East London perinatal services in addition to perinatal services across East of England.

There are many service development opportunities and the service is working towards achieving accreditation with the Perinatal Quality Standards Network as part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists College Centre for Quality Improvement.

In addition, there are opportunities for teaching and training in addition to research. There are close links with Queen Mary University and research related to perinatal psychiatry could be supported.

This post is being advertised as a full time position, however, we would welcome a conversation about individual requirements including part time, job share and flexible working. If you are successful at interview, we can offer relocation expenses in line with the Trust relocation policy.

Prospective applicants are welcome to visit the team. Please contact Elena Baker-Glenn, Clinical Director for Crisis Pathway and Perinatal services on or 07901 627869.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide strong consultant leadership and support continued development of the service. The team base is in Bedford, but the service is countywide alongside another consultant.

The service offers advice, assessment and treatment for all perinatal patients with severe and complex mental health condition in the Bedfordshire and Luton area. Collaborative working with maternity colleagues, health visitors, primary care and other mental health services is essential. The consultant will also foster good relationships with the local mother and baby units. There are many opportunities for teaching and training and for trainees to be based within the service.

**Full details are available on the Job Description

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy. For further information please contact Elena Baker-Glenn, Clinical Director for Crisis Pathway and Perinatal services on

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • On the GMC Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCT, on approved higher training scheme at the time of interview
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
  • Approval under Section 12(2) of Mental Health Act 1983 and Approved Clinician status
  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD
  • Experience of clinical work in adult psychiatry at higher trainee, SASG or consultant level within the last 3 years
  • Excellent working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act
  • Appreciation and understanding of ethnic minority issues and a commitment to developing culturally sensitive practices
  • Understanding of social factors relevant to psychiatry
  • Robust experience of working with severe and enduring mental illness, and risk assessment and management
  • Experience of working in perinatal mental health services
  • Experience of service development and introducing new services in mental health
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a part of multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to manage complex workloads and support others to do that
  • Consultation skills to services, teams and individuals
  • Commitment to working in multidisciplinary setting
  • Commitment to working with service users on service development
  • Formal leadership and management training
  • Experience of team /service leadership
  • Experience of organisational development work
  • Project management ability
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating and innovative
  • Expertise in risk assessment
  • Confident in therapeutic risk taking
  • Commitment to clinical governance
  • Experience in supervising trainee doctors and SAS doctors
TEACHING Essential
  • Experience in teaching junior staff
  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Experience of teaching medical undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Experience of teaching non-medical mental health professionals
  • Medical education qualification
  • Experience of research
  • Audit experience
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals in relevant academic fields
  • Experience of grant funded research work

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