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Specialty Doctor

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
London (South), London (Greater)
Closing date
8 Feb 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, Forensic psychiatry, Substance misuse psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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Specialty Doctor Psychiatrist, Wandsworth Prison (Mental Health) - 10PAs - Permanent

Applications are invited for a suitable, enthusiastic candidate to provide clinical care for patients receiving mental health care at Wandsworth Prison. This post is 9am – 5pm with no on call responsibilities.

The successful candidate will work as a multidisciplinary team member in the assessment and management of patients on the inpatient mental healthcare wing (Addison Unit), in the outpatient clinics and on the prison wings.

Main duties of the job

Wandsworth Prison is a busy local remand prison with a current operational capacity of approximately 1450 places. Our service is one of the largest and most comprehensive prison mental health services in Europe, comprised of a number of highly specialised services, including an Assessment and Liaison Team, a secondary care inreach team, and a 12-bedded inpatient  mental health unit, as well as neurodevelopmental, learning disability and trauma services.

Previous experience of working in a prison or other forensic settings is not essential, as a thorough local induction and training package will be provided.

The successful candidate will gain a huge wealth of clinical experience, and will be highly supported by a large team of psychiatrists, including two consultant forensic psychiatrists, and an ST forensic psychiatrist. They will be accompanied by a second specialty doctor in psychiatry working across mental health and substance misuse services.

The post-holder will have ample opportunity to gain experience in teaching medical students on a regular basis and in conducting QI and research projects. They will be encouraged to attend the weekly SLAM forensic clinical academic teaching programme.

We look forward to hearing from prospective candidates / future colleagues either by phone or in person for an informal chat and visit.

Please refer to the Job description for further details and please do get in touch if you want to know more or to arrange a site visit.

Working for your organisation

HMP Wandsworth is one of the largest and most over-crowded prisons in Western Europe and accommodates up to 1668 prisoners. The largest residential part of the prison accommodates up to 1284 prisoners and accommodates category B prisoners and the Trinity Unit accommodates category C prisoners where there is an emphasis on resettlement.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The role will include:

  • Assessment of patients in the outpatient clinic and on the wings.
  • Liaison with patient’s carers, probation services, external mental health services, including inpatient units, community teams and court liaison and diversion teams.
  • Making referrals for urgent transfer to hospital.
  • Attendance at weekly ward round for the Addison Unit and healthcare team.
  • Attendance at Reflective Group Practice once per fortnight.
  • Participation and contribution to quality improvement projects
  • Multi-disciplinary team teaching  
  • Occasional teaching of medical students

For further details / informal visits contact: Dr Iain Kooyman - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist - Email address: - Telephone number: 020 8588 4589 Additional contact information: Dr Nigel Blackwood, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Academic Researcher,

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