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Consultant Psychiatrist - MCT

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
19 Jun 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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We seek a consultant to lead an innovative Multidisciplinary Clinical Team working with a non-CPA patient group within Bedford's community mental health service. The post-holder will work closely with primary care colleagues in developing and implementing care pathways for individuals with mild to moderate mental health problems.

Bedford community mental health teams have undergone a process of redesign in order to focus on providing prompt assessment and intervention at the point of need within a new primary care-linked assessment service. By separating out some of the functions of a traditional CMHT, the new structure allows more of a focus on recovery for those with enduring mental health problems. You will join an established MDT with strong leadership.

This post offers exciting opportunity to be involved in the community mental health transformation to implement the Long term NHS plans.

You will be supported to train in our QI programme. Management and service development interests an asset.

Main duties of the job

  1. Provide overall clinical leadership as the Consultant Psychiatrist to the MDTR
  2. Take the clinical leadership role in scrutinizing, allocation of cases for review
  3. Offer accurate diagnosis and timely interventions so that intensive treatment can be delivered to prevent chronicity and dependency on psychiatric services.
  4. Provide clinical advice and guidance to primary care physicians to manage patients in the least restrictive environment
  5. Attend and be the clinical leader of weekly MDT meetings, supporting the team operational lead
  6. Work closely with the Crisis Resolution/Home Treatment Teams/ and liaise with inpatients services/primary care liaison service.
  7. We work with the recovery principals within the Community Mental Health Team.
  8. Provide appropriate supervision and training for junior medical staff
  9. Actively participate in the Trusts clinical and strategic development


About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For further information please refer to job description and person specification.

Closing date: 19th June 2022

AAC panel date: 8th July 2022 (TBC)

Person Specification


  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • Eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register (or Specialist Registrar within 6 months of gaining CCT at time of interview).
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
  • Eligible for Section 12 Approval (Mental Health Act)/ Approved Clinician or willing to apply for such approval once in post.


  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD


  • Experience of clinical work in General Adult Psychiatry at SpR, SASG or consultant level within the last 3 years
  • Excellent working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act
  • Appreciation and understanding of ethnic minority issues and a commitment to developing culturally sensitive practices
  • Understanding of social factors relevant to psychiatry
  • Robust experience of working with severe and enduring mental illness and risk assessment, management


  • Experience of service development and introducing new services in mental health
  • Experience of working at consultant level in an inpatient environment.


  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a part of multidisciplinary, multi-model team
  • Ability to manage complex workloads and support others to do that
  • Consultation skills to services, teams and individuals
  • Commitment to working in multidisciplinary setting
  • Commitment to working with service users on service development


  • Formal leadership and management training
  • Experience of team /service leadership
  • Experience of organisational development work
  • Project management ability


  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating and innovative
  • Expertise in risk assessment
  • Confident in therapeutic risk taking
  • Commitment to clinical governance


  • Experience in supervising trainee doctors and SAS doctors


  • Experience in teaching junior staff
  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Experience of teaching medical undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Experience of teaching non-medical mental health professionals


  • Medical education qualification


  • Experience of research work, especially in general hospital patients and / or patients with medically unexplained symptoms
  • Audit experience


  • Experience of grant-funded project work
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals in relevant academic fields


  • UK driving licence


  • Car owner

BMJRef: BMJ-75902/363-MRLB9770-A


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