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Specialty Grade Doctor in Perinatal Psychiatry

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
£45,124 to £77,519 a year p.a
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

A brand new opportunity has arisen for a 10 PA (part time and flexible hours are also considered) Specialty Grade Doctor in Perinatal Psychiatry, working in the Dorset Community Perinatal Team.

This post has arisen as part of the services long term development plan, within a well-established, multi-disciplinary team that provides a comprehensive service for women and their families from preconception through to the postnatal period.

*Royal college approval submitted and pending*

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with two Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrists and an Associate Specialist to provide specialist psychiatric care to the Dorset perinatal population, which consists of approximately 6,200 live births per year.

The post holder will provide Specialist Mental Health care to women planning and during pregnancy and the post-natal period in community settings across Dorset.

Cross cover will be provided by existing Perinatal Consultants and Associate Specialist. They will provide expertise in the prevention, assessment and management of perinatal mental disorders from preconception, during pregnancy and the postpartum period, including assessment of the parent infant bond.

In addition to our commitment to flexible working, supportive working environment and excellent nhs benefits, this post attracts relocation expenses of £10,000, if you are interested in moving to our beautiful county.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will be responsible, as part of the clinical team, for providing assessment, treatment and care for patients referred to the Team and will work under the supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrists.

The Dorset Perinatal Community Mental Health Team provides comprehensive community mental health services to people of childbearing age with a team case load of approximately 250 patients. The focus is on prevention and treatment of maternal mental health from preconception into the antenatal and postnatal period and parent infant interventions to facilitate a good parent infant bond.

The team base for the team is at Florence House and Forston clinic. In line with the Trusts desire to improve patient access to services, it is expected that patients will be seen in community settings when appropriate e.g. primary care clinics, family hubs or home visits.

Close working relationships with primary care, maternity services and social care are essential for the provision of high quality and safe perinatal psychiatric services. The post holder and team will work closely with these colleagues so that patients have easy access to specialist perinatal mental healthcare when needed and good communication is maintained between services.

The post holder will be expected to work with the perinatal community team to cover emergency work and to keep waiting lists within the Trust agreed limits. This has been within four weeks for routine referrals.

The team has a duty system which involves non-medical staff. It is a requirement that the post holder will be a Section 12 Approved. The section 12 work will be shared between the consultants, associate specialist and the post holder.

The ability to work closely and co-operatively with members of a multi-disciplinary team is an essential and integral part of the post. Attendance at a weekly multidisciplinary team meeting is required. The presentation of assessments, management plans and case reviews is an important part of the duties of this post.

The post holder will be expected to produce high quality, timely, written documentation supporting their work, both in the ongoing clinical record (RiO) and letters of correspondence in keeping with Trust Policy.

The post holder will have dedicated shared office space at Florence House and secretarial support from the lead administrator, who will oversee any clinic and diary arrangements and ensure the smooth running of clinical services.

The post holder will participate in a senior non-resident on-call rota with Specialty Registrars and Associate Specialists. On call payments are 2% plus 1 PA.

The speciality doctor will have clinical supervision from one of the Consultant Psychiatrists.

Person Specification

  • General medical Qualification e.g. MBBS, or equivalent and hold a Licence to Practise.
  • Section 12 approval or willingness to work towards s12 approval in the first months in post

Previous Experience

  • At least four years' full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty


  • Relevant experience at a level where independent decision making was integral to the job.

Skills & Knowledge

  • High levels of competence in diagnosis, risk assessment, care planning and prescribing
  • Able to provide clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to prioritise work to meet competing clinical demands Have good organisational skills and able to organise own work.
  • Understand principles of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a member of a team and to liaise effectively with colleagues within the hospital
  • Understand and actively support the principles of Clinical Governance including audit and outcome measures
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of continuing professional development needs and revalidation
  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of good patient care.
  • Have an understanding of own strengths and weaknesses and how these attributes affect professional functioning.
  • Have an understanding of the stresses involved in being a specialty doctor and how to manage these appropriately.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of how to work in partnership with patients and carers.

Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, NHS Values and DHUFT vision

  • Respect and Dignity, Making recovery a reality, Commitment to quality of care, Compassion and kindness, improving lives, Working together for patients, Everyone counts, Being a learning organisation


BMJRef: BMJ-83779/152-ME13.22



Dorset Healthcare is a dynamic and forward-thinking Trust delivering both hospital and community based care. We serve a population of nearly 800,000 people and employ around 6,000 outstanding staff. We are the largest provider of heathcare in Dorset and our services continually evolve and develop to meet the needs of our community.

As well as a wide range of professional challenges, Dorset offers the opportunity for an outstanding work/life balance, with great weather, stunning countryside, picture-postcard villages and award-winning beaches.

There are also excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities. Good transport links offer speedy access to Southampton and London in the east, and Bristol, Devon and the West Country.

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