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Consultant Psychiatrist in CPA Recovery Team

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Nov 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, General adult psychiatry
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrists to join our Recovery Service team in Bedford. This is a new post which has been introduced into the Bedfordshire Community Mental Health Team Structure. The post will complement the current structure of consultant and trainee psychiatrists within the community mental health team covering Bedford.

We are looking for consultants who are committed to the principles of co-production and quality improvement, and enjoys working collaboratively with a fully staffed multidisciplinary team to provide excellent mental health care for our service users.

Main duties of the job

This is an established post into the Bedfordshire Community Mental Health Team Structure. The post will complement the current structure of consultant and trainee psychiatrists within the community mental health team covering Bedford.

The post holder will support the multidisciplinary team in the management of patients subject to CPA, as envisaged in relevant NICE Guidance. The post-holder will work with an MDT including pharmacy, psychology, social work, CPN colleagues, and trainees. Post holder will clinically lead a sub-team within this service, overseeing the delivery of care under CPA for a cohort of patients registered with certain primary care clinical networks.

The Bedford community mental health team covers a borough population of approximately 103,000.

The caseload within the CPA Recovery Team currently stands at around 600. This caseload is between 2 full time consultants and each consultant has a caseload around 300. Around 20% of this cohort is in preparation for step-down to primary care.

Professional accountability will be to the Medical Director and operational accountability to the Chief Executive Officer.

The team consists of

  • Team Manager (band 8)
  • Lead MH nurse (band 7)
  • Lead MH social worker (band 7)
  • Fully staffed Nursing team (band 6) including physical health nurse.
  • Social workers
  • Support workers
  • Junior Doctors on rotation
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Students from nursing and medical backgrounds
  • Team administrator


About us

East London Foundation trust (ELFT) have been rated outstanding by the CQC.

It's an exciting time to join Luton and Bedford ELFT - CMHT team, having recently benefitted from significant investment and transformation, the newly appointed consultant will provide medical advice to the management process, including the design of protocols and policies and take on strategic and planning roles.

They will have the opportunity to share in wider managerial tasks within the Trust, such as Clinical Tutor, Chair of the Medical Advisory Group, Service Line Lead, Audit Consultants, Associate Clinical Director, Clinical Director and Medical Director and may be supported to engage in external duties (e.g. to work at the Royal College) if such duties can be accommodated in job planning and do not impact negatively on core roles and responsibilities.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification


  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • Eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register (or within 6 months of gaining CCT at time of interview) or CESR equivalent
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines)
  • Eligible for Section 12 Approval (Mental Health Act)/ Approved Clinician or willing to apply for such approval once in post.


  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience of clinical work in Acute Adult Psychiatry at SpR, SASG or consultant level within the last 3 years
  • Excellent 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 service development and introducing new services in mental health
  • Experience of working at consultant level in a community environment.

Organisational Skills/Abilities

  • Leadership skills
  • 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


  • Formal leadership and management training
  • Experience of team /service leadership
  • Experience of organisational development work
  • Project management ability

Clinical Skills & Supervision

  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating and innovative
  • Expertise in risk assessment
  • Confident in therapeutic risk taking
  • Commitment to clinical governance


  • Experience in supervising trainee doctors and SAS doctors


  • Experience in teaching junior staff
  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Experience of teaching medical undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Experience of teaching non-medical mental health professionals


  • Medical education qualification

Research & Audit

  • Experience of research work, especially in general hospital patients and / or patients with medically unexplained symptoms
  • Audit experience


  • Experience of grant-funded project work
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals in relevant academic fields

Other Requirements

  • UK driving licence


  • Car Owner


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