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Specialty Doctor in Old Age Psychiatry

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year pa
Closing date
20 Dec 2022

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We are excited to be advertising for a new Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry role as part of the new SAS contract in the NHS for 2021.

The post is based with our Older Adults Home Treatment Team.

The Older Adult Home Treatment Team provides a citywide service to the older adult population of Sheffield. The Home Treatment Team currently respond to approximately 340 referrals per year of which about 20% are seen by medical staff during the treatment episode.

The CMHT is the single point of access to the wider service. Referrals for the assessment of uncomplicated dementia or memory problems are directed to the Memory Service. Referrals for people who are experiencing crisis or other difficulties (ie not routine) are directed to the Older Adult Home Treatment Team. Other referrals (other cases of dementia and functional mental health cases) are seen by the CMHT professionals as appropriate. Referrals from the general hospitals are seen by the Liaison Service.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a motivated and committed individual who has completed at least four 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.

The post holder will be provided with the opportunity to achieve a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Clinical duties will include assessment of patients following deliberate self-harm, those presenting with challenging behaviour in the context of delirium and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and patients presenting with a variety of functional mental health conditions.

The post holder will offer support to the Older Adult Home Treatment Team in providing assessments and ongoing treatment to those patients needing treatment and care from the team. This will include undertaking biopsychosocial assessments and management plans as well asvisits to patients homes and care home facilities.

The post holder will take part in the multidisciplinary team meetings.

The post holder will be expected to work with a reasonable degree of autonomy but senior clinical advice and supervision will always be available.

So far as is consistent with the proper discharge of the above duties, the postholder undertakes to deputise from time to time for absent colleagues.

The postholder undertakes, exceptionally, to perform additional duties in occasional emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.

Outside of dedicated clinic time, the post holder will provide support and advice to the multidisciplinary team, which may include medication advice or signposting to other services.

Person Specification

  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users and their families/carers.


  • Experience of involvement in service development and/or reconfiguration


  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice


  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Section 12 (2) MHA 1983 approved


  • Experience in Older Adult Psychiatry having completed at least four years full time post-graduate training (or equivalent)
  • Wide range of experience relevant to the post within NHS or comparable service


  • Ability to exercise effective leadership in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understanding of importance of multi-disciplinary service provision and the care programme approach.
  • Understanding of and ability to deliver care in collaboration with service users to promote recovery.

BMJ Ref: BMJ-92043/457-22-4564021



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