Specialty Doctor in Mental Health Liaison

£45,124 to £77,519 a year per annum
19 Nov 2021
07 Dec 2021
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

We are inviting applications for an exciting role which has become available in our Mental Health Liaison team at Ipswich after our current Specialty doctor successfully managed to get into Higher Training after getting training through our CESR training programme.

The post holder provides medical input to an existing Mental Health Liaison team to meet the additional demands of the work coming out due to new First Response Service. Both full time and part time applicants are encouraged to apply. The post holder will be supported by 1.5 wte Consultants. The post holder will be encouraged to be a part of CESR training programme, and they will be given opportunities if they wish to gain further experience in other sub specialities to achieve the competencies required for CESR. You will also join a group of very active and enthusiastic group of SAS doctors who are working towards the same goal. We have a track record of promoting our SAS doctors and currently we have 5 Consultants in East Suffolk who started their career as SAS doctor, and we have 2 more who are now very close to achieving CESR status. The post in located in East Suffolk Care group which has the best ratings in NSFT for Medical engagement and the ratings are above national average which indicated that we value and involve medical colleagues in all processes.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to provide clinical leadership to our Mental Health Liaison team and take keen interest in their own and other colleagues clinical, educational and professional development.

The post holder will undertake clinical management of patients seen within the team at a level as is appropriate for a speciality doctor under the supervision of Consultant Psychiatrist. This would include diagnostic assessment where required, development of management plans and treatments regimes.

They will also provide medical expertise within the multidisciplinary team, including Junior Doctors, CPNs, Psychologists and Social Workers in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of referred patients; take part in team meetings, supervision and the development of the team.

The duties also include liaison with professional colleagues in primary care, secondary care, and other psychiatric teams. The doctor is expected to be trained in mental health and capacity legislation to meet the requirements of emergency work, community treatment orders and assessment of capacity.

About us

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was founded in January 2012 coming together from Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Suffolk Mental Health Partnership.

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability services across Norfolk & Suffolk. The Trust believes in whole life care and understands the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The Trust has inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trusts services are offered in the community, enabling service users to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

This job is part of the East Suffolk Care Group. East Suffolk care group is very supportive and strongly believes in people before process ideology. We have developed my colleagues in recent time who are now performing duties at a very senior level.

Job description

Please see attached attached full Job Description and Person Specification.

*Interview date - subject to change*

Person Specification

  • Entry on the GMC Register
  • S12 Approval


  • MRCPsych


  • 3 years as a doctor post registration
  • 2 years in Psychiatry at SHO/ST level or more senior
  • 6 months in relevant specialism

Clinical Governance

  • A clear understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to open review of practice


  • Effective team working
  • Leadership qualities
  • Flexibility
  • Research


  • Driving Licence/Able to travel independently


  • Teaching and Presentation Skills