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Specialty Doctor in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year pa
Closing date
24 May 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, Psychiatry of learning disability
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a motivated and committedfull time Specialty Psychiatrist in the Learning Disabilities team(10 programmed activities) however applications from people who would prefer to work part time are welcomed.

You will work with and across the Learning Disability Community Teams and the Inpatient service. The successful applicant will work closely with other Health Professionals across the Learning Disability Service as will also work closely with other Doctors across the Trust as required.

The post holder is expected to have full registration and a Licence to practice with the GMC and shall have completed at least four years' full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which in a Psychiatric specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a Psychiatric Specialty.

The post holder will have the opportunity to work towards an application for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) and will be supported with flexibility in the agreed job plan to gain specific experience and complete a portfolio as required.

Main duties of the job

The Learning Disability teams role is to work alongside our service users and their family and/or carers to coproduce care and support that upholds the principles of individuality, independence, privacy, partnership, choice, dignity, respect, rights, equality, and diversity.

Our vision is to provide positive and proactive care and expert input. We work to support the quality of life of each individual, uphold their human rights and prevent or reduce restrictions experienced by the individual.

Delivering health and well-being outcomes for the following groups are key priorities for us:

  • People with profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • People with a learning disability and mental health problems whose needs cannot be met by other services
  • People who present behaviours of concern and who are at risk of being cared for in a more restrictive environment due to placement breakdown or crisis
  • People with a learning disability and autism whose needs cannot be met by other services
  • People with a learning disability and dementia whose needs cannot be met by other services

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description
Job responsibilities


  • Provide medical leadership to the CISS (Community Intensive Support Service), CLDT (Community Learning Disability Team) and ATS (Assessment & Treatment Inpatient Service) teams including regular meetings with senior clinical staff to plan/co-ordinate team workload
  • Attendance/leadership of MDT meetings
  • Attendance and participation in team governance and team development meetings
  • Contribution to the CPA process for patient management, including regular liaison with care co-ordinators
  • Provision of medical/psychiatric assessments to inform care planning and risk assessment, by regular clinic sessions and flexible use of clinical time
  • Formulation and delivery of appropriate pharmacological and psychological interventions
  • Assessment and management of people subject to the Mental Health Act
  • Assessment and management of people subject to the Mental Capacity Act
  • Completion of administrative tasks related to clinical responsibilities
  • Liaison and advice to the locality general practitioners
  • Liaison with other consultants and other colleagues in community services and inpatient wards
  • Clinical and educational supervision of junior medical staff
  • Teaching and Mentoring

Person Specification



  • Ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users and their families/carers.
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Awareness of the funding arrangements in the NHS and recent NHS developments
  • Ability to interpret published research and to apply research findings to clinical practice.



  • Ability to supervise other staff eg trainee ACP
  • Experience of involvement in service development and/or reconfiguration



  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice.



  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Section 12 (2) MHA 1983 approval
  • Approved Clinician (AC) status/approval



  • At least 4 years of postgraduate training (or equivalent)
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate medical students
  • Evidence of experience in clinical audit and understanding of principles of clinical governance



  • Experience in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability
  • Teaching/presentation experience (e.g. conference presentation, EBM, research experience).



  • Ability to exercise effective leadership in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understanding of importance of multi-disciplinary service provision and the care programme approach.
  • Understanding of and ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users to promote recovery.
  • Sensitivity to needs of different ethnic and minority groups.

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BMJRef: BMJ-76312/457-22-4198920


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