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Specialty Doctor in Old Age Psychiatry

Western Health and Social Care Trust
Gransha Park, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Salary £50,485 - £79,000
Closing date
30 Dec 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry, Old-age psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
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Job Details

The post-holder will provide, in collaboration with three fulltime consultant psychiatrists, a service for the assessment, diagnosis and management of mental illness in patients over 65 years and all adults with dementia.

The post holder will provide an Old Age Psychiatry Service to the population of Strabane, L’Derry and Limavady catchment areas.

There will be community and inpatient duties included in the role including occasional input into the management of acute mental health patients and dementia patients in wards 1 and 2 in the Waterside hospital. The role will also involve assessing patients referred to the Psychiatric Liaison Service for Older People from Altnagelvin hospital and Waterside hospital in collaboration with the Consultant Psychiatrist and the Liaison Nurses.



Overview of the Trust

The Western Health and Social Care Trust was established on 1 April 2007. The Trust provides health and social care services across the council areas of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Limavady, in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. Services are provided from a number of hospitals and community facilities (130 different facilities across the Trust area), and people’s own homes across a mix of urban and rural communities. The Western Health and Social Care Trust has an annual budget of approximately £800m and employs almost 12,500 staff. 

The Western Trust has several hospitals located throughout the west of Northern Ireland, these are:

Londonderry Hospitals: Altnagelvin Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Waterside Hospital, Roe Valley Hospital and Grangewood.

Tyrone Hospitals: Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex and Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital.

Fermanagh Hospital: the South West Acute Hospital


The Trust’s catchment area extends over 4,842km2 and serves a population of approximately 300,000, which represents 16% of the overall population of Northern Ireland. This, alongside high levels of multiple deprivation and related health inequalities in some areas of the Trust’s geography, creates significant challenges for service delivery for the Trust as a health and social care provider.

Our Services

The Trust provides a range of integrated Health and social care services – acute hospital services, mental health, learning disability and physical disability services, social care and primary and community care services. The majority of services are provided in community-based settings with access to specialist inpatient services available from a number of hospitals.

Acute Services

Altnagelvin Area Hospital is located on the outskirts of Londonderry. It is the main teaching hospital in the North West. It is the largest Acute Hospital outside the Greater Belfast area and has one of the widest range of specialities of any hospital in Northern Ireland. Altnagelvin is also a Cancer Centre and many of its specialties are area-wide services provided across Trusts or cross border.

South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) is a modern, 100% single-room ensuite accommodation facility, which provides a wide range of major acute hospital services to patients from Fermanagh and Tyrone and beyond.

Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex covers a range of key primary, secondary and community healthcare services for the people of Omagh and the surrounding district. The new hospital provides 40 intermediate care beds and includes a range of services such as reablement, palliative care, renal dialysis, a Health and Care Centre and an Urgent Care and Treatment Centre. It also provides advanced diagnostic services, together with 3-day surgery operating theatres and 22 recovery beds.

Our Aim

The Western Trust aims to:  “Provide high quality patient and client focused health and social care services through well trained staff with high morale”.

The Trust is committed to improvement by having 4 key strategic aims:

  • Great Start In Life Live
  • Well With Long Term Conditions
  • Great Place To Grow Old
  • Great Place To Work Our

Shared Purpose

  • We will deliver best options
  • People will experience safe, compassionate and high quality care
  • Collaboration will be how we work
  • People will be proud to work for us
  • We will be a learning organisation

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