Consultant Psychiatrist - South Camden Core Team

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year plus Inner London Allowance
Closing date
17 Apr 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time

LON-CEN-CO-STH-2023-00924 (Approved)

Specialty: General Adult PsychiatryDivision: South Camden Core Community Mental Health Team

This post is for 1.0 WTE Consultant Psychiatrist working within the South Camden Core Community Mental Health Team as work progresses with the transformation of community mental health services in line with the NHS Long Term plan.

It is available from March 2023. This is a new post within this new service.

The post-holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team which includes both statutory and voluntary sector roles and provides holistic care to patients in a primary care setting aligned to the South and Central Primary Care Networks in Camden.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work with GPs within the South and Central Camden Primary Care Network. The total GP population covered will be approx.: 100,000.

The clinical work takes place within primary care, alongside GPs and at the Core Team base.

Referrals will come from the 12 GP practices in the South & Central Camden PCNs. Following initial triage, signposting and advice giving to referrers, approximately 60-70% are offered appointments with the team. The post holder will work alongside two other consultant colleagues and other members of the multi-disciplinary team to carry out assessments.

It is anticipated that the post holder will conduct 4-5 assessments per week and hold a short term caseload of up to 40 patients at any one time with GPs remaining as main case holders within this collaborative model.

Team managers maintain an overview of team and individual practitioners' caseloads.

It is expected that the post holder will participate in active management of their own caseloads in conjunction with team managers.

The team base is currently located at St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE, but it is planned that this will relocate to a primary care or community base in Camden. The primary record-keeping system for the service is EMIS, to aid communication and integration with other primary care services. The general electronic patient record system of the Trust is Carenotes.

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

The specific clinical and managerial responsibilities of the post-holder will be as follows:

  • To provide advice and support to South Camden GPs, and other practice staff, regarding the assessment and management of the mental health difficulties of patients registered with their practices. This may be done through case discussions, joint consultations and bespoke training as appropriate.

  • To provide consultant input and clinical leadership to the South Camden Core Team. To assist with diagnosis, formulation, medication reviews, management plans, risk assessments, crisis plans and self-help plans as required for these patients referred to the team.

  • As necessary to provide direct clinical assessments of patients registered with the South Camden GP practices, and to provide follow up as appropriate.

  • To assist in the prioritization (triage) of new referrals to the service.

  • To maintain effective communication with GPs, primary care staff, patients and their carers.

  • To work flexibly within timetabled working hours, so that urgent clinical matters can be prioritised. To carry out Mental Health Act and domiciliary assessments as required.

  • To play a key role in implementing improved linkage between primary and secondary care services.

  • To liaise and work closely with local IAPT services (also provided by C&I) and other primary care providers in order to provide a joined up primary care mental health service.

  • To liaise and work closely with local voluntary services as part of the new model of core community teams

  • To provide clinical input, where necessary, to multi-disciplinary case conferencing around difficult patients being managed solely in primary care.

  • To engage with local service user participation models.

  • To participate in management activities and governance processes related to the Practice Based Mental Health service, including audits and quality improvement projects.

  • To play an integral role in the performance of the team, the further development of the service, and the development of clinical pathways and priorities of the service line.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications/Registration Essential
  • Full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and a license to practice. Must be on the specialist register or within 6 months of gaining a Certificate of Completion of Training
  • Section 12(2) and Approved Clinician status (or eligibility) - qualifies to act as a Responsible Clinician
  • Registered with Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD programme and in good standing
  • Shared Services training up to date to be an approved trainer/clinical supervisor
  • Trained as an Educational Supervisor for doctors in training
  • Training as a Consultant mentor
  • Other relevant post-graduate qualification (incl. those gained outside UK
  • Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent higher qualification in psychiatry
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and influence others.
  • Good knowledge of and ability to use both spoken and written English
  • Ability to organise workload and manage time and delegate responsibility where appropriate
  • Ability to practise as an independent Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Teaching and supervision skills for undergraduate medical students, doctors in training and multi-professional staff
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multidisciplinary basis with all levels of staff.
  • A special interest or willingness to develop one in an area which helps to meet the needs of the Trust
  • Experience in successfully delivering research projects
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Knowledge and observance of the requirements and duties of a doctor laid down by the GMC in Good Medical Practice.
  • Clinical knowledge of the full range mental disorders.
  • Experience in the assessment of complex clinical cases involving severe and enduring mental illness and significant risk histories and the ability to assertively engage and manage such cases. This will include experience working on acute Inpatient wards at senior trainee or Consultant level.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding practices
  • Expertise in a comprehensive range of evidence based treatment and case management options including pharmacotherapy.
  • Experience in work-place based assessments of doctors in training
  • Knowledge of clinical commissioning and external organisations that interface with an NHS Trust.
  • Willingness to participate in research as appropriate and within the context of the duties of the post
  • Experience in teaching small and large groups
  • Experience in developing policies and protocols.
  • Experience of service development.
  • Good understanding of Trust governance structures, especially clinical governance

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