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Consultant Psychiatrist in Perinatal Psychiatry

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Per Annum
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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The successful appointee will be expected to work collaboratively with, amongst others, General Adult, Liaison and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Obstetric colleagues in developing streamlined pathways in pursuit of care that is safe, high quality and has patient experience as a priority.

In addition to direct clinical care, the service is expected to be active in teaching/training - including but not limited to medical students, psychiatry trainees, midwives, health visitors, social workers and Obstetricians - staff support, management activities and service development. It is envisaged that the new service will be developed in line with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidance and aim for excellence as benchmarked by the Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services of the College Centre for Quality Improvement.

Main duties of the job

The posts are in Peterborough City Health Clinic and having satellite clinics in Huntingdon Newtown Centre and Wisbech Agenoria House. The two newly appointed consultant psychiatrists will work together to provide clinical leadership of the North Perinatal Mental Health Team and offer advice, assessment and treatment for all perinatal patients with severe and complex mental health condition in the area. Consultants are expected to form close working relationships with local maternity, health visiting mental health champions as well as primary care colleagues and the Primary care Mental Health team. Consultants are expected to foster close working relationship with the local Mother and Baby Units.

The post may be assigned Specialty Trainees or GPVTS Trainees on rotation.

About us

CPFT is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT please visit our website

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide clinical leadership to the team. He or she will contribute to provide advice, assessment of perinatal patients referred to the service for diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and support MDT members who carry out assessment of patients in the team. She/he will help to facilitate accurate diagnosis and timely interventions so that patients and her family receive integrated, evidence-based treatment which can be delivered in a timely manner and in accordance with the recovery model. He or she will also provide ongoing treatments to patients that are evidence based and supported by NICE guidelines maintaining a bio psychosocial approach.

Post holder is required to maintain Section 12(2) status and Approved Clinician status and have a comprehensive awareness of Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Care Act legislation. He or she will be expected to participate in Mental Health Act assessments when possible. The post holder is expected to be committed to a multidisciplinary approach to care and actively contribute to MDT meetings and formulation meetings and work in close collaboration with team members, care coordinators, other CPFT services and statutory agencies as required for the care of community patients. The post holder has a role to foster close working relationship with key stakeholders in the perinatal pathway He or she will lead the perinatal training programme development locally and contributes to the perinatal training of the workforce.

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • Full GMC registration and licence to practice
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Approved Clinician Status or eligible to attend training.
  • Specialty Registration
  • CCT in relevant specialty or within 6 months of attainment of Higher Training CCT at time of interview.
  • Shall have equivalent experience and competencies recognised by GMC
Experience Essential
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of teaching and supervision of doctors in training.
  • Experience in the assessment and management of women in the perinatal period in acute and community setting
  • Publications in the field of psychiatry
  • Credential or experience in Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Relevant research experience
Skills/Ability/ Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of policy and legislation relating to mental health.
  • Management skills.
  • Ability to take a clinical lead.

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