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Specialty Doctor in Learning Disabilities

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year gross per annum pro rata
Closing date
19 Jun 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, Psychiatry of learning disability
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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This role will be supported by a £12,000 relocation allowance.

There is truly a team spirit where every member of staff is supported. This goes a long way in optimising patient care and ensuring a good work environment. Dr Olukoya, Consultant Psychiatrist

We have some new and exciting opportunities in our Learning Disability community services across Suffolk as we enter the start of a service redesign and we are looking for a Specialty Doctor, ideally with Learning Disability experience, who are interested in joining and being part of the transformation of our service.

The Learning Disability and Autism Specialist Service is not only being invested in financially, with a fresh approach to ideas and service delivery being supported by the Trust, but we are also confident our new model of care is the very best for the people we care for.

This can only be achieved by identifying individuals needs and delivering treatments specific to those needs. Services are already co-designing how interventions and treatments can be delivered by one community.

Main duties of the job

Who are we looking for?

You will need to be enthusiastic and conscientious and do everything you can to provide the best care to our service users. We are looking for someone who displays compassion, empathy and sensitivity. We are looking for someone to work flexibly across the community and acute service within our speciality pathway.

What can we offer?

Our primary focus is on collaborative working; placing great emphasis on the assessment/recovery model. Many aspects relating to service user recovery is reflected within the assessment tools the patients and staff use.

Why Ipswich?

This town offers award-winning restaurants, marinas, fantastic shopping, annual festivals, and stunning parks and close to coasts. With excellent transport links to connect you to Cambridge, London and beyond but with lower than the national average house prices.

About us

If you are passionate about improving acute care, we have much to offer including:

  • Beautiful countryside with easy access to award-winning coastal locations.
  • Excellent rail links to Cambridge and London
  • Affordable housing and reputable colleges and schools.
  • Relocation allowance/removal benefit
  • We have a strong educational reputation and close ties with both the University of Cambridge and The University of East Anglia
  • Local teaching programme
  • Access and encouragement to partake in research and a well-established research network within the Trust

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Post

Title: Specialty Doctor

Specialty: Learning Disability Psychiatry East Suffolk Community and Inpatients

Job Summary: We are seeking a consultant psychiatrist to join our East Suffolk Learning disability and Community Suffolk inpatient service teams.

Description of the Post

This post is based in Mariner House, with clinical bases at Haymills in Stowmarket and Walker Close, Ipswich.

Clinical work will take place at any of these sites, but may also take place in another Trust location or other community destinations such as at service user's home. The inpatient service is based at Walker Close, Ipswich.

The service provides secondary care service for adults age 18 upwards residing in the East Suffolk catchment area. The team receives referrals from Coastal, Ipswich Town and Central Suffolk. There is approximately a general population of 387,924 registered with a GP in the area. The team holds a current caseload of 150 and receives an average of 2-3 new referrals a week.

There are two substantive Consultant Psychiatrist posts for this team. The post holder will carry responsibility for inpatients within their community caseload (approximately 1-2 patients) and support them along the community and acute pathway to create the least restrictive treatment based on STOMP guidelines and the philosophy of NHS Transforming Care.

Inpatient services are provided in a newly refurbished 6-bedded unit in Ipswich which is within a few miles from the base. The team is also supported by the Intensive Support service, which deals with all crisis referrals from 7.30am to 9pm with a proposed on-call service thereafter. The Intensive Support team deals with all emergency Mental Health Act referrals and A&E liaison calls.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership to the community and inpatient teams and work collaboratively with all MDT members and other learning disability service staff. The role provides clinical assessment and reviews of patients in discussion with the team, especially patients thought to be at high risk, those presenting with complex problems or those with diagnostic uncertainty.

While primarily responsible for delivering a quality clinical service, the consultant psychiatrist is also expected to be actively involved in the strategic development of the team and broader services, being involved with the team manager and service lead in helping to steer the development of the service in line with the strategic direction of the organisation.

Person Specification


  • GMC
  • Recognised basic medical degree
  • MRCPsych or Equivalent
  • Included on the GMC specialist register or within 3 months of CCT or equivalent in a relevant clinical specialism
  • Approved Clinician and Section 12 Approval under MHA


  • Relevant higher degree (i.e. MD, PhD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications)
  • Substantive experience at consultant level in the relevant specialism


  • Experience of the assessment and treatment of complex mental disorders in a relevant population
  • Experience of providing medical leadership in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of clinical governance processes including ability to use quality improvement methods as a tool to improve quality of care
  • Experience in risk assessment and risk management


  • Sub-speciality experience relevant to the clinical role
  • Relevant sub-specialty endorsement
  • Experience of multiagency working relevant to the role
  • Experience of building great teams

BMJRef: BMJ-76772/246-MLDESU3066828-J


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