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Speciality Doctor

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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East London NHS Foundation Trust in Bedfordshire and Luton has a Specialty Doctor position based at Spring House in Biggleswade.

This is an exciting time to join our Community Mental Health services as they undergo transformational change and develop new and integrated models of care for the benefit of the population we serve.

We are in a position to tailor posts according to your interest across our Community Mental Health directorate. We are keen to support our Specialty Doctors to develop sustainable and stimulating working patterns and we support flexible working arrangements.

We offer a generous relocation package of up to 8,000 and a range of initiatives to support new Specialty Doctors joining our organisation. We will design a work-plan and training package that can support your academic and leadership development and provide support to help you achieve your career objectives.

Main duties of the job

  • The speciality doctor will work closely with the consultant psychiatrist and Multi Disciplinary team, and will provide clinical support for the assessment and management of mental health problems on a routine and emergency basis.
  • On average 9 Programmed Activities per week will be devoted to Direct Clinical Care. Care of patients in the community in North Mid Beds-Biggleswade area, in the Functional Model.
  • Assess new referrals and review existing patients. 6 to 7 out-patient clinics per week either at Spring House (Biggleswade CMHT) or designated GP Surgery.
  • Additional clinics to see patients in emergency &/ provide telephone contact with patients and their carers to manage urgent queries.
  • CPA meetings, Professional meetings, Case Conferences and home visits as necessary.
  • Liaise with team members and provide telephone and face to face contact to members of the team and see patients urgently.
  • Triage referrals regularly with Team Manager or Duty Worker to provide a safe, prompt and appropriate service to the person who was referred.
  • Provide face to face and telephone liaison service to other secondary mental health teams, General Practitioners and Primary care workers

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 a no-obligation discussion about opportunities with ELFT in Bedfordshire and Luton, please contact:

Dr Reena Sani Clinical Director Community Mental Health Services (Adult and Older Adult)

Or telephone us on 01525 638537

Person Specification


  • Medical graduation
  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council


  • Higher degree
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
  • Approval under Section 12(2) of Mental Health Act 1983, or plan to gain approval within 6 months of appointment.


  • At least three years experience of psychiatry clinical practice post medical qualification
  • Appreciation and social and cultural factors of relevant to psychiatric practice
  • Experience of and commitment to clinical care of individuals with severe and enduring mental health conditions


  • Experience of clinical work in Acute Adult Psychiatry
  • Experience of Quality Improvement projects & Clinical Audit
  • Good working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act


  • 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


  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating and innovative
  • Clear, effective communication style
  • Expertise in risk assessment
  • A balanced approach to risk management, based on warm therapeutic interactions with service users
  • Confident in therapeutic risk taking
  • Commitment to clinical governance and QI
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability and commitment to work with carers and families
  • Ability to adjust therapeutic approaches according to service users' cultural needs


  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Experience of teaching


  • Audit experience


  • Experience of research work, or service evaluation, especially in psychosis and cultural psychiatry

BMJRef: BMJ-76884/363-MRLB11104


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