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Specialty Doctor

West London NHS Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum plus London weighting £2,161
Closing date
14 Dec 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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We are looking for an experienced and motivated full time Specialty Doctor, to join the Women's directorate of the West London Forensic services, based at The Orchard, St Bernard's Hospital Ealing.

The salary range for this post is 50,373- 78,759 per annum plus London Zone Weighting.

Candidates are invited to discuss this appointment informally and in confidence with Dr Mansi Sood, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead.

Email: Tel: 02084832195

Main duties of the job

You will be joining a well- established multi- disciplinary clinical team providing care across two wards. The wards are commissioned to provide care for women with mental disorders who require treatment in conditions of security. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of a consultant forensic psychiatrist to provide effective, responsive, caring and safe treatment for the women.

Your role would be, together with the Responsible clinician providing front-line mental health assessment and care including attending ward rounds, CPA meetings, community meetings and reflective practice.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one the most inclusive and diverse providers of NHS mental and physical health care in the UK. We deliver services in the community, inpatient, specialist and forensic (secure) settings, across 30 main sites. We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners and promoting patient and public involvement in research. We care for more than 99,000 people every year, serving a local population of 850,000 in Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.

The Trust has an overall CQC rating of Good and In December 2018, West London Forensic Service was rated outstanding by the CQC.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The post holder will work closely with the responsible clinicians for the patients. Dr Sood will be the line manager Other members of the multidisciplinary team include a clinical psychologist, a social worker, two occupational therapists and full nursing teams. There is also input from an arts therapy team providing music, drama and art therapy, a family therapy team, a forensic psychotherapy team and the Drug and Alcohol Support Service. There is a comprehensive primary care and dental service.

Clinical duties

The following is a guide to the posts responsibilities, and is subject to review:

Clinical role

  • The assessment and initial treatment of newly admitted patients, including physical examinations
  • Working as part of the psychiatric team monitoring and promoting mental health
  • The organization and follow up of physical investigations as needed
  • Working with the primary care team and hospital colleagues to ensure high quality physical healthcare for the patients
  • The on-going assessment and management of inpatients, including contributing to multidisciplinary reviews by presenting updated clinical information on patients and documenting the multidisciplinary discussion
  • Participation in CPA meetings and relevant documentation
  • The preparation of CPA medical reports
  • Attendance at weekly clinical team meetings, reflective practice and community meetings where possible
  • Adhering to trust policies and maintaining clinical records
  • To arrange cross cover with CT1-3 colleagues for annual and study leave
  • Occasionally you may be asked to support a different part of the service 1 day a week to cover any service needs. This will be discussed and job planned as needed.

The post does not include participation on the on call rota but this opportunity may be available if the postholder wished to undertake these.

There is a regular forensic Academic Programme based on site and via MS teams. The local programme includes case presentations and reflective practice. In addition, both the Trust and Scheme organise periodic CPD events to which trainees are invited. Trainees are encouraged to review with their supervisor those opportunities to participate in internal or external courses and CPD events relevant to their training that may arise. The post holder will be encouraged to attend a weekly Balint group.

Please see attached Job description for further details

Person Specification

  • MBCHB or equivalent medical qualification
  • Shall have completed at least 4 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; or shall have equivalent experience and competencies


  • MRCPsych


  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies by time of appointment in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice including: ogood clinical care omaintaining good medical practice ogood relationships and communication with patients ogood working relationships with colleagues ogood teaching and training oprofessional behaviour and probity delivery of good acute clinical care


  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment

Fitness to Practice

  • Applicant's knowledge is up to date and fit to practise safely

Language Skills

  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, which could be demonstrated by one of the following: oapplicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English oapplicants have scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent equal to those required for recruitment to MMC specialty training programmes.


  • Meets professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice)

Clinical Skills

  • Relevant specialty clinical knowledge: capacity to apply sound clinical knowledge relevant to the job. Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended 2007) and other relevant legislation. Contemporary knowledge of the treatment of mental illness and personality disorders.

Specialty specific skills related to the post

  • An understanding of risk in the management of psychiatric patients An understanding of the dynamics of working with mentally disordered offenders


  • HCR 20 Training

Personal Skills

  • Team working: demonstrated experience working in a team, values the input of other professionals in the team.
  • Managing others & team involvement: capacity to work co-operatively with others and demonstrate leadership when appropriate. Capacity to work effectively in multi-professional teams.
  • Coping with pressure: capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative and resilience to cope with setbacks & adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Problem solving & decision making: capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems & make decisions. Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Organisation & planning: capacity to organise oneself and prioritise own work. Demonstrates punctuality, preparation and self-discipline. Understands importance of information technology.
  • Flexible approach to work: able to adapt and work with employers to deliver improved patient care.
  • Equality and diversity: promotes equality and values diversity


  • Leadership skills: experience in leadership
  • Demonstrates skills needed for effective delegation within the team: 360? feedback
  • Driver with a valid license

BMJRef: BMJ-101999/222-MED-371


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