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Specialty Doctor - SWK CMHSOP - Highlands House & Darrent House

Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Oct 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for a Locum Specialty Doctor to join our Older Peoples team at SWK CMHSOP.

We believe in changing lives through giving excellent care that improves people's mental health and now is a great time to be part of the KMPT family.

This is a 10 PA post however the Trust would welcome a discussion with individuals looking for a more flexible working pattern to support work-life balance.

Applicants must have full registration with the GMC including licence to practice.

MHA Section 12(2) Approval holders will contribute to a middle-tier non-residential on call rota. Specialty doctors who do not hold Section 12 (2) Approval are expected to work towards this and will be supported to do so.

Main duties of the job

CMHCGOP SWK provides a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment service for the over 65 year old population in the Tonbridge Wells and Sevenoaks. It offers assessment, diagnosis and treatment for the full range of psychiatric conditions including psychological assessments and therapy. The team is made up of Consultant Psychiatrists, Specialty Doctor, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Support Workers and Administrative support.

The post-holder will:
  • Provide psychiatric care to patients primarily referred to the SWK CMHSOP. The work will consist of holding outpatient clinics, doing home visits and conducting reviews in residential and nursing Homes.
  • Conduct MCA assessments and MHA assessments.
  • Liaise closely with referrers, allied professionals, Social Services, carers, voluntary Organisations and client groups alike.
  • Provide medical expertise within the Multi-disciplinary Team.
  • Work as part of the Multi-disciplinary Team, being available and accessible to provide support and supervision to trainees when appropriate.
  • Support the team in achieving MSNAP accreditation for their Memory Assessment Service.
  • Participate in CPD including Journal club meetings and keep Trust Mandatory training up to date.
  • Participate in audit, clinical governance and quality improvement activities. We have an excellent audit department which encourages clinicians across the trust across all grades of doctors.

About us

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and specialist services across Kent and Medway, with a population of 1.8million.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the Care Quality Commission regulator and Outstanding for care) has approximately 3,400 staff covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues from 52 nations, rich in their diversity, talents and experience, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

We have a team of empathetic leaders inspiring their staff in an environment where everyone is valued and plays a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Across our communities and within inpatient settings, our workforce is enhanced and strengthened by dedicated peer support workers, people with lived experience, a wonderful team of volunteers and a brigade of pets as therapy support dogs.

Would you like to work flexibly? We understand that people often have various considerations outside work, either personal interests or family commitments, that they need to factor into their working life. We will support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us, and your commitments outside work.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For detailed information regarding the role, please refer to the attached job description and person specification.

What a place to live and work

We are a family-friendly county with first class schools and affordable housing.

The transport links to and from London and the continent are fantastic; and we have towns that have been voted the best places to live in the whole of the country with warm and welcoming communities. Kent has breath-takingcastles, cathedrals and country houses bursting with history plus shopping, and restaurants and bars to suit every taste. Every conceivable sports and leisure activity is also available to keep you and the little ones occupied and thenyou have the 350 miles of beaches, cliffs and coves; a coastline that is both stunning and stimulating, whatever the weather. Plus the green and pleasant countryside that gives the area its Garden of England title. To put it simply, youwont want to leave.

Within KMPT, you will find networks which will support you to be the very best version of you. These include faith, disability, LGBTQ+ and black, Asian and minority ethnics.

Mental health and physical wellbeing support is a priority for KMPT with advice and support readily available to ensure you take care of you as well as you do your patients. The health and wellbeing of you and your family is ofparamount importance to us.

Person Specification
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych OR a specialist qualification from an EU country that complies with EU directive 2005/36/EU.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warnings and conditions on practice.
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 6 months of appointment
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative
Clinical Skills, Knowledge and experience
  • At least 4 years postgraduate experience, including at least 2 years in core psychiatry training programme
  • Good knowledge in specialty
  • Good clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Postgraduate experience in specialty
Academic skills and life-long learning
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.
  • Able to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
Professional and personal qualities
  • Shows empathy and sensitivity.
  • Evidence of annual appraisal and commitment to appraisal and revalidation.
  • Able to use electronic records and use IT for email, internet and office software
  • Manages own time, workload and prioritises work
  • Reflects on own performance and behaviour, seeking and acting on feedback.
  • Shows commitment to quality through knowledge of quality improvement and lean thinking methodology OR able to achieve within one year of appointment
  • Able to deputise for consultant psychiatrist.
  • Knowledge of structure and management of the NHS and the Trust.

BMJRef: BMJ-94290/380-MED-22-049


Kent is a great place to live and work….We’ve got the sea right on our doorstep, areas of natural outstanding beauty and many historic towns. There is something for all your needs. As the gateway to Europe we also boast quick links to France and superb road links to airports.

Excellent transport links mean you can commute to work from London. Or you may be someone who has been doing the commute in the other direction and now want to work closer to home.

Location:  Kent and Medway

Size: We employ 3,300 people, working in 66 buildings across 33 sites, serving 1.8M people

Core values:  Respect. Open. Accountable. Working together. Innovative. Excellence.

Specialties: Psychiatry, Forensics, Older people, Perinatal mental health, Liaison, Research, Learning disability, Disablement services

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.
Innovation is one of our core values and that is demonstrated in some of our award-winning teams:

  • Trailblazing work in the criminal justice system, a liaison and diversion service designed to support people out of custody for good, underpinned by bespoke technology
  • Our mother and baby unit, designed by mums with lived experience, helping to support fellow mums living with mental ill health, their baby and family
  • The vocational rehabilitation team, recognising routine and belonging as a way back to wellness, working with employers to offer hope after illness
  • Our Open Dialogue service puts the patient at the centre after their first instance of psychosis with meetings involving both family and professionals. 

Indulge your research interests with our enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

There are exciting times ahead in 2020 when the Kent and Medway Medical School is set to open, collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent with KMPT one of the NHS partners, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals.

We are also at the forefront of partnership working, an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

Across our communities and within inpatient settings, our workforce is enhanced and strengthened by peer support workers, a brigade of PAT dogs and our wonderful team of volunteers.  

As well as a new hire bonus and financial support for relocation, we are supportive of flexible working arrangements; just talk to us. 

And what a place to live and work. The transport links to and from London and the continent are fantastic, but, simply put, you won’t want to leave. 

We are a family friendly county with first class state and independent schools and affordable housing. The average house price is here £360,000, so you get a lot of brick for your buck compared to neighbouring regions.

Whitstable and Deal have been voted two of the best places to live in the country with their vibrant high streets and incredible eateries. 

Margate and Folkestone are now world-class uber cool art destinations. 

We have the best collection of pubs, a heritage of brewing that is continuing with microbreweries, gin distilleries and vineyards offering gold medal refreshment.

We have breathtaking castles, cathedrals and country houses bursting with history and the mighty Bluewater shopping centre and a plethora of further choices for retail activities.

There are a wealth of activities to keep little ones occupied and then you have the 350 miles of beaches, cliffs and coves; a coastline that is both stunning and stimulating, whatever the weather.   

Once you have been wild swimming in Bewl Water, mountain-biked the muddy Bedgebury Pinetum, kite-surfed off Herne Bay or walked the windswept bird sanctuary of Dungeness or the resplendent Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you might just give up the gym membership for good. 

Your health and wellbeing and that of your family is as important to us as that of our service users and those who matter to them.

Meaningful and memorable work with people who will stay with you for the rest of your life.

What are you waiting for?

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