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Speciality Doctor

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,124 to £77,519 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, General adult psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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Inpatient Services aim to cultivate a therapeutic environment that is conducive to optimising mental health recovery. The multi professional team includes medical and nursing staff, psychologists, occupational, art and drama therapists, pharmacists and the cultural and spiritual care team.

There are 9 inpatient wards located across Luton & Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Bedford. All wards are single gender with the exception of the Older Adult wards.


Main duties of the job

We are seeking to recruit ambitious and motivated speciality doctors in psychiatry to join our inpatient Team. Successful applicants will have at least 3 years of experience working in psychiatry and will ideally be Section 12 approved. If you are interested in applying or CESR via the article 14 route in the future. ELFT is a teaching Trust.

We work closely with the institute of Healthcare, Improvement, and partners across the BLMK Integrated Care System to drive innovation in healthcare. Our staff are actively encouraged to engage in and lead transformation work.

Bedfordshire and Luton sit at the heart of the three countries in the rolling Chilterns, which have been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area boasts a multitude of picturesque villages and outstanding Ofsted rated state and independent schools with St Albans, Hitchin and Berkhamsted, (Sunday Times Best Place to Live 2019), all a short distance away. Bedfordshire and Luton are very well connected, with frequent direct trains to central London which can be reached in just over half and hour. The M1 and M25 are easily accessible and Luton Airport enable direct links to cities across mainland Europe and beyond. If you are looking to relocate when you join us, we can off you support with this.

We recognise the importance of work like balance and we encourage flexible working.

About us

Luton is a vibrant and evolving multicultural town with a rich industrial history. The town is culturally very active and is surrounded by beautiful countryside whilst also boasting excellent transport links to central London. The population of Luton has doubled over the past 60 years to an estimated 215,000 in 2017 and has long attracted individuals new to the country. Luton is now one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the country with large British Indian, British Pakistani and British West Indian populations.

The town remains home to a number of large employers including Easyjet, Vauxhall, TUI and Luton Airport.

Bedfordshire, comprising Bedford Town, Central Bedfordshire and Luton is a highly diverse and varied county. Bedford itself is a riverside Market Town with its own university, which has become the UK's most racially diverse town with more races and cultures represented than any other in the country. Bedford has the largest Sikh Gudwara in the UK outside of London.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Work within a multidisciplinary setting offering psychiatric medical input in the assessment, treatment and care management of patients, carrying out all general duties including mental state examinations. Provide up to date, effective, safe medical care for patients in order to promote their recovery, and promote their insight with a view to relapse prevention. Provide physical care in liaison with primary care services and the in house GP services. Offer advice and support to other members of the team in issues related to his/her competence and expertise. Work as a leading member of the multidisciplinary team, linking closely with statutory and non-statutory services as required. Adhere to the Trust Clinical Leadership Model with senior clinicians delivery of care within the principle of holistic care. Adhere to all service conditions and local policies. Keep good records, communicate results of assessments to colleagues and write appropriate reports. Cover for the clinical duties of the Consultant in their absence. Provide appropriate cross-cover for colleagues. Provide psychoeducation to patients, in conjunction with psychology, OT and pharmacy colleagues. Prepare reports for courts, tribunals, managers hearings, and attend these hearings as required.

Person Specification

  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • Approval under Section 12(2) of Mental Health Act 1983, or plan to gain approval within 6 months of appointment.


  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
  • Eligible for Approved Clinician Status


  • Experience of clinical work in Acute Adult Psychiatry at SpR, SASG or Consultant level within the last 3 years
  • Good 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 working in forensic settings
  • Experience of working in PICU
  • Experience of Quality Improvement projects


  • 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-83041/363-MRLB8558-F


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