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Specialty Doctor

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
London (South), London (Greater)
Closing date
24 Jul 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, General adult psychiatry, Liaison psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Part Time
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Specialty Doctor -  Lewisham Psychiatric Liaison Team - 6PAs - Fixed Term 9 Months

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) are looking to recruit a part-time, dynamic and enthusiastic Specialty Doctor to work with the Lewisham Psychiatric Liaison Team.

Main duties of the job

The doctor will offer input in the Emergency Department (ED) and on the inpatient wards in University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) as necessary to support the Liaison MDT.  In future the role will also cover the proposed new Crisis Assessment Unit (CAU); it is hoped that this will open later in 2022.

Working for your organisation

Benefits offered by SLAM:

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close-knit team at SLaM. It’s important to us that you feel valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package, which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as leadership, mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, eligible staff benefit from keyworker housing which is available on selected site.

For more details, please see attached advertisement. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This is a part-time role with the planned hours being three weekdays 9am to 5pm.  It is hoped these will be Monday, Tuesday and Friday but there is some flexibility here.  The post is being offered as a 6-9 month fixed term post in the first instance. We are willing to consider applicants who wish to work for a shorter time, the minimum being six months.  We are open to a job share if there are two good candidates who would like to split the role. 

The Specialty Doctor will be supervised by the Liaison Consultants and will work with the Liaison MDT.

The Specialty Doctor will lead assessments in ED and on the wards, including Mental Health Act (MHA) assessments.  The doctor will be available to discuss cases with the Psychiatric Liaison Nurses (PLNs) and the wider Liaison MDT to help generate safe and effective management plans.  The doctor will help supervise the Core Trainee (CT) and Foundation Year 1 (FY1) doctor. 

UHL is a 450-bedded teaching hospital situated in an inner London Borough, Lewisham.  Lewisham has an estimated population of about 305,000 with a diverse ethnic community, approx. 47% BME population.

The proposed CAU is a new service offering an alternative environment to A&E, which is calmer and more containing for staff and patients.  We expect there to be capacity for four patients at any one time in the space.  The specialty doctor will support the Psychiatric Liaison Nurses (PLNs) and Peer Support Workers (PSWs) who will be based in the CAU. The doctor will be part of MDT discussions and will offer senior medical cover to promote safety in and flow through the CAU. 

For more details regarding the post please see the Job Description attached.

For further details / informal visits contact: Dr. Andrew Camden - Job title: Consultant Psychiatrist - Email address: - Telephone number: 020 8333 3479

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