Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
15 Oct 2021
16 Nov 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a full-time (10 Programmed Activities, [PAs]) Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist post in the Mental Health Service at Rampton Hospital. The final programme of activities will be worked out with the post-holder and respective care stream, but will include 10 programmed activities, including direct clinical care (7.5 PAs) and supporting activities (2.5 PAs). These are a replacement and new post that have been created following a financial investment to reduce inpatient caseloads from 25 to 20.

Any Consultant who is unable for personal reasons to work full-time will be eligible to be considered for the post. If such a person is appointed, modification to the job content will be discussed on a personal basis with the Trust in consultation with Consultant colleagues.

Newly appointed Consultants will be offered mentoring which will be arranged by the Associate Medical Director.

Main duties of the job

Develop personal skills and knowledge through a personal development plan, peer group support and annual appraisal.

Undertake professional supervision as appropriate.

Contribute to the supervision and training needs of staff within the team and beyond as appropriate.

Comply with Trust guidance and policies, including those on child protection and vulnerable adults.

Comply with statutory and non-statutory regulations and guidelines as required by the Trust.

Undertake clinical audit.

The duties of the post are subject to change from time to time in the light of changing requirements of the service, but in communication with the post-holder.

The Trust has a policy on fee paying work and the post-holder would be expected to follow this.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was created in April 2011. It has two service delivery divisions. The Forensic Division, which includes high secure services based at Rampton Hospital (described in detail below) and the Local Partnerships Division which provides a comprehensive range of mental health, learning disability and physical healthcare services to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (population 1.5 million).

The Forensic Division of the Trust includes the full spectrum of forensic services, namely high secure services (Rampton Hospital), medium secure services (Arnold Lodge in Leicester and Wathwood in Rotherham), low secure services (Wells Road Centre, Nottingham) and community forensic services to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, as well as the provision of healthcare to 7 prisons across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Job description

The post-holder will be involved as a member of the multi-disciplinary team in the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders in the Mental Health Service. The post has responsibility for a caseload of 20.

For suitably experienced candidates it may be possible to negotiate an academic / research session. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the training of medical students, trainee medical staff and other disciplines.

The duties of the post are subject to change from time to time in the light of changing requirements of the service, in consultation with the post-holder.

Clinical duties of the post-holder at Rampton Hospital will include:

  • Assessment of individuals referred for admission to Rampton Hospital. This will require travelling to medium secure units and prisons within England and Wales.
  • Acting as Care Programme Approach Co-ordinator and overseeing the treatment of patients in their care.
  • Chairing clinical team meetings, convening and chairing CPA meetings and leadership of the MDT.
  • Providing timely reports to Tribunals, Hospital Managers, Ministry of Justice, Courts etc.
  • Liaison with medium secure / other units, prisons, Commissioners and Ministry of Justice in relation to the care pathway of patients under their care.
  • Convening and chairing Section 117 meetings.


Person Specification


  • MBBS or recognised equivalent medical degree
  • MRCPsych or equivalent


  • Relevant higher degree, eg MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications


  • Full GMC registration
  • CCT/CCST (or eligibility for inclusion on the Specialist Register) in Forensic Psychiatry
  • Section 12(2) approval and Approved Clinician status


  • Experience working in a high secure hospital setting


  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Clinical Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Ability to take a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring high quality care and staff morale
  • Risk management linked to provisions of mental health care including secure care and protection of public


  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills
  • Additional knowledge in one or more areas of specialty
  • Knowledge of recent developments and treatment advances in the care of offenders

BMJRef: BMJ-49226/186-3574331-JD