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Speciality Doctor in Liaison Psychiatry

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
£50,620 to £79,144 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2022

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

The post holder will be based in the Heddfan Unit, Wrexham and will be responsible for organising their professional day and for ensuring that they can be contacted at all times during working hours. Due to the nature of liaison psychiatry a significant degree of flexibility with respect to the organisation of work will be required.

The post holder will support the Liaison Team with input to the Wrexham Maelor DGH. Starting from the single point of access, liaison nursing staff will screen referrals and allocate appropriately to adult, older adult or alcohol liaison Band 6 nurses. Sometimes assessments are carried out jointly including with the team Occupational Therapist or Specialty doctor. The post holder will help with assessments where required and supervise assessments helping with diagnosis/formulation of patients' problems and ensuring a clear management plan is available and well documented in patients' notes and communicated with the relevant teams.

Ensuring an updated management plan is available for all patients open to the liaison team would be an important function of the daily ward round.

The post holder will offer their expertise with difficult/challenging assessments and/or management of patients both those open to the Liaison Team and those referred directly to the post holder by consultant colleagues in the District General Hospital.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide specialist psychiatric assessment, treatment and management for adults aged 18 upwards presenting to the district general hospital. The post holder will provide consultation and supervision for the liaison team.

The post holder will be based with the liaison team and work with the team leader to ensure clinical leadership of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will assist with clinical supervision of the team. It is anticipated that the post holder will assist in training of team members in clinical matters.

The service operates an Acute Care Model with 2 dedicated inpatient consultants managing the new to service admitted patients. The inpatient consultants also have responsibility for the Home Treatment Team patients. The post holder will work collaboratively with the Acute Care Services.

There is a dedicated session within the job plan for consultation with the Acute Care Service. In the event of one of the acute care consultants being on leave overall responsibility for the inpatients is held by the other acute consultant. The post holder is expected to support acute care with their acute care session.

About us

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job description
Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job Description and Personal Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply Now to view in Trac.

Person Specification

  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council.
  • Minimum of four years (full time or equivalent) in postgraduate training in the UK or equivalent EEA training. At least two years training must be in the relevant specialty or recognised equivalent training (this is defined as the successful completion of the Foundation programme, followed by either successful completion of ST1 and ST2 or CT1 and CT2 or as a FTSTA or its recognised equivalent).


  • Postgraduate Qualifications
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Section 12(2) Approved


  • General medical skills


  • Experience in liaison psychiatry for a minimum of 1 year.

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We provide a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services across 3 district hospitals, 22 community hospitals and a network of over 90 health centres, clinics, community health team bases and mental health units. BCUHB also coordinate the work of 113 GP practices and the NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists across the region.

Our aim is to enable everyone who uses our services to do so through the medium of Welsh or English, according to personal choice and to encourage other users and providers to use and promote the Welsh language in the health sector.

Our vision

  • We will improve the health of the population, with particular focus upon the most vulnerable in our society
  • We will do this by developing an integrated health service which provides excellent care delivered in partnership with the public and other statutory and third sector organisations
  • We will develop our workforce so that it has the right skills and operates in a research-rich learning culture

Our values

  • Put Patients first
  • Work together
  • Value and respect each other
  • Learn and innovate
  • Communicate openly and honestly

Our purpose

  • To improve health and deliver excellent care
  • Our strategic goals
  • Improve health and wellbeing for all and reduce health inequalities
  • Work in partnership to design and deliver more care closer to home
  •  Improve the safety and outcomes of care to match the NHS's best
  • Respect individuals and maintain dignity and care
  • Listen to and learn from the experiences of individuals
  • Support, train and develop our staff to excel
  • Use resources wisely, transforming services through innovation and research

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  • Locations:
    Ysbyty Gwynedd, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2PW
    Telephone enquiries: 01248 384 384

    Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 5UJ
    Telephone enquiries: 01745 583 910

    Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Croesnewydd Road, Wrexham, LL13 7TD
    Telephone enquiries: 01978 291 100
  • 01248 384 384
  • Website
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