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Consultant Psychiatrist in Taunton Inpatient Ward

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Taunton, Somerset
£84,559-£114,003 Per Annum
Closing date
17 Feb 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, General adult psychiatry
Career Level
Full Time
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Are you a consultant psychiatrist looking for a new inpatients opportunity?

We are currently looking for an inpatient consultant psychiatrist to join Rydon Ward 2, which is our 15 bedded ward admitting adults of working age, and is located in the county town of Taunton.

Interviews for this post will be held on the 22nd March 2022.

Main duties of the job

Apart from being the Responsible Clinician for patients admitted to the ward, you will also provide senior medical input and leadership to the Rydon Ward 2, providing clinical leadership to the multidisciplinary team, supervise junior medical staff and contribute to the strategic development of Adult Mental Health inpatient services in the county.

You will have 1.5 PA’s plus up to 1.0 additional SPA for undertaking a specific role, such as; medical appraisal, governance group, service development, research, academic and others in line with you interests, career aspirations and Trust objectives. You will have the option to opt out of participating in the on call rota.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded ‘Mental Health Trust of the Year’ award for 2021 by Health Service Journal. This follows a series of initiatives that we’ve introduced that have changed the way we develop and plan our mental health services – by listening to and involving patients themselves. The HSJ judges said they were looking for trusts which offer excellent, patient-centric care built on strong engagement between clinicians within and beyond the organisation.

About Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.


Taunton is a beautiful area of the South West, located between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Somerset offers you the opportunity to live near some of the UK’s most desirable locations; from the beautiful local beaches; to the vibrant cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter, all being within easy reach. 

The County town of Taunton boasts a wide range of local amenities including; an extensive range of shopping, a wide range of local restaurants, sporting and recreational facilities such as Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton Racecourse and The Blackbrook Theatre.

Taunton also provides access to the M5 motorway and a mainline intercity rail link. Travel connections are convenient with the main line station offering trains to London Paddington in less than 2 hours.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post is based in Taunton of Somerset which is one of the highly performing mental health services at Somerset Foundation Trust. The Trust has been awarded ‘Mental Health Trust of the Year’ award for 2021 by Health Service Journal.

This is a replacement post as the previous potholder has now left the post due to family demands. The post holder will provide Consultant input for adult patients in Rydon 2 Ward.

This is a 15 bedded ward which admits adults of working age from the west of Somerset, including Taunton, Bridgwater and Minehead. The post holder will provide senior medical input and leadership to Rydon inpatient ward, provide Clinical leadership to the multidisciplinary ward team, supervise junior medical staff, contribute to the strategic development of Adult Mental Health inpatient services in the county.

There were a total of 599 admissions to all adults mental health units between November 2020 and October 2021. That gives a rate of 101 admissions per 100,000 people in Somerset. Of the 599 patients admitted to all adult mental health units, 295 were informal and 302 were detained under the Mental Health Act.

This Consultant post does not include any community responsibilities. There are 3.5 WTE consultants in the Community Mental Health Service and 1.0 WTE in Home Treatment team (HTT). Community teams including the Home Treatment Team are located on site. Also on site can be found the local Section 136 suite, and Pyrland ward, which provides inpatient services to older adults from Somerset.

The post holder will also be responsible for conducting Mental Health Act assessments for adults of working age admitted to Rydon Ward. The post holder may be invited to contribute to assessments of patients admitted to the Section 136.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Andreas Papadopoulos - Clinical Director (

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