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Specialty Doctor - Tunbridge Wells (Pembury) Liaison Psychiatry

Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
Pembury, KENT
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum (plus 1 PA & 3% for on-call availability)
Closing date
10 Jan 2023

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Hospital, Other
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Trust is seeking a Speciality doctor to join the Liaison Psychiatry service. The vacancy has arisen as the result of an expansion of services towards the 'Core 24' Liaison Psychiatry model.

The Liaison service provides input to the following areas:

Emergency Department (ED). The purpose of this element of the service is to assess anyone aged 18 or over who presents with a known or suspected mental illness.

In-patient Wards. The aim of this element of the service is to provide specialist psychosocial assessments to inpatients and management advice to general hospital staff for any person aged 18 or over.

These are 10 PA posts however the Trust would welcome a discussion with individuals looking for a more flexible working pattern to support work-life balance.

Applicants must have full registration with the GMC including licence to practice.

The Trust has now moved to a position where MHA Section 12(2) Approval holders are expected to contribute to a middle-tier non-residential on call rota attracting an extra 1PA and 2% (of a 10 PA salary) pro-rata for part time. Specialty doctors who do not hold Section 12 (2) Approval are expected to work towards this and will be supported to do so.

Main duties of the job


Specialty Doctor - post available within the Liaison Psychiatry Service at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, in Pembury.

Make a Difference!

We believe in changing lives through giving excellent care that improves people's mental health and now is a great time to be part of the KMPT family and join our 'Outstanding' team.

About the Care Group/Role

The post holder will be providing 8.5 PA clinical sessions to the Liaison Psychiatry Service and 1.5 PA Supporting Professional Activities. The Liaison Psychiatry Service serves the William Harvey Hospital under East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. The service's current working hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This post holder will work with patients referred aged 18 or over, without upper age limit.

The successful applicant will be required to have enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Interviews to be held via Lifesize. Date to be confirmed.

About us


We are not just a high-performing NHS trust, we are also a flexible employer that values and invests in our staff. We take pride in our services - which are underpinned by our values:

  • Respect
  • Openness
  • Accountability
  • Working together
  • Innovation
  • Excellence

Joining us will bring other benefits too; Kent is a great place to live and work, combining beautiful countryside and coastline with affordable housing, excellent schools and a range of attractive towns and villages.

To deliver an effective service it is essential that you are able to travel between bases in a timely manner.


KMPT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All information received will be handled carefully and treated with confidentiality.

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust is a smoke free Trust. Production of false or forged documents/qualifications in order to obtain employment is a criminal offence and will be reported to the Police.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  1. Clinical Duties of the post holder
  1. To provide psychiatric care to patients referred to the Liaison Psychiatry Service
  1. To provide medical input to the Multidisciplinary Liaison Team
  1. Availability to act as Section 12(2) approved doctor for the purpose of Mental Health Act assessments where approved. If not approved then to work towards Section 12(2) approval
  1. To ensure effective liaison occurs between mental health services and the acute hospital, and also with other agencies in the voluntary and statutory sectors as appropriate
  1. To help deliver a programme of training and education for acute hospital staff and mental health staff
  1. To participate in clinical governance and clinical audit/research
  1. To comply with the Trusts agreed policies and procedure and always to practice in line with the Royal College of Psychiatrists Good Psychiatric Practice and the General Medical Councils Good Medical Practice
  1. The post holder will either be Section 12(2) approved or expected to actively work toward approval and include it in their PDP. As a section 12(2) approved doctor, the post holder will carry out assessments and provide medical recommendations under the Mental Health Act as and when required, including Section 136 assessments.
  1. So far as is consistent with the proper discharge of the above duties, the post holder undertakes to deputise/cross cover from time to time for absent colleagues.
  1. The post holder undertakes, exceptionally, to perform additional duties in occasional emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.
  1. The post holder will participate in the on call rota up to a maximum frequency of 1 in 9. If, and once section 12(2) approved, this will be second on call to the consultant and duties will be assessments of section 136 at St Martins Hospital. If not section 12(2) approved, the doctor will join the junior doctors out of hours rota. The second on call rota attracts a 2% salary supplement and an additional PA.
  1. The post holder will undertake commitments in the teaching of junior doctors as considered appropriate to their level of experience and teaching.
  1. Supervision: The post holder will receive regular supervision from his supervising consultant.
  1. The post holder will participate in the annual Appraisal process in order to meet the Trusts Appraisal and Revalidation guideline
  1. The post holder will be expected to participate in the East Kent ECT rota (however this is currently inactive)
  1. The post holder will work closely with the Care Group Consultants in the Trust and their teams. It is expected that he/she will contribute in the management, development and evaluation of the Service in the Trust.

Person Specification

  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in old age psychiatry
  • Additional clinical qualifications


  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • TRANSPORT Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Clinical Skills

  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Psychiatry within the last 5 years
  • Completed minimum of three years full-time training in psychiatry
  • Clinical expertise in the assessment and Management of risk
  • Good working knowledge of the interface between the MCA and MHA
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Endorsement in Old Age Psychiatry from Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Experience of working with Older Adults and skills in cognitive assessment
  • Experience in working in other specialities

Academic Skills

  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications

BMJRef: BMJ-102883/380-MED-22-061-PERM



Kent is a great place to live and work….We’ve got the sea right on our doorstep, areas of natural outstanding beauty and many historic towns. There is something for all your needs. As the gateway to Europe we also boast quick links to France and superb road links to airports.

Excellent transport links mean you can commute to work from London. Or you may be someone who has been doing the commute in the other direction and now want to work closer to home.

Location:  Kent and Medway

Size: We employ 3,300 people, working in 66 buildings across 33 sites, serving 1.8M people

Core values:  Respect. Open. Accountable. Working together. Innovative. Excellence.

Specialties: Psychiatry, Forensics, Older people, Perinatal mental health, Liaison, Research, Learning disability, Disablement services

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.
Innovation is one of our core values and that is demonstrated in some of our award-winning teams:

  • Trailblazing work in the criminal justice system, a liaison and diversion service designed to support people out of custody for good, underpinned by bespoke technology
  • Our mother and baby unit, designed by mums with lived experience, helping to support fellow mums living with mental ill health, their baby and family
  • The vocational rehabilitation team, recognising routine and belonging as a way back to wellness, working with employers to offer hope after illness
  • Our Open Dialogue service puts the patient at the centre after their first instance of psychosis with meetings involving both family and professionals. 

Indulge your research interests with our enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

There are exciting times ahead in 2020 when the Kent and Medway Medical School is set to open, collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent with KMPT one of the NHS partners, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals.

We are also at the forefront of partnership working, an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

Across our communities and within inpatient settings, our workforce is enhanced and strengthened by peer support workers, a brigade of PAT dogs and our wonderful team of volunteers.  

As well as a new hire bonus and financial support for relocation, we are supportive of flexible working arrangements; just talk to us. 

And what a place to live and work. The transport links to and from London and the continent are fantastic, but, simply put, you won’t want to leave. 

We are a family friendly county with first class state and independent schools and affordable housing. The average house price is here £360,000, so you get a lot of brick for your buck compared to neighbouring regions.

Whitstable and Deal have been voted two of the best places to live in the country with their vibrant high streets and incredible eateries. 

Margate and Folkestone are now world-class uber cool art destinations. 

We have the best collection of pubs, a heritage of brewing that is continuing with microbreweries, gin distilleries and vineyards offering gold medal refreshment.

We have breathtaking castles, cathedrals and country houses bursting with history and the mighty Bluewater shopping centre and a plethora of further choices for retail activities.

There are a wealth of activities to keep little ones occupied and then you have the 350 miles of beaches, cliffs and coves; a coastline that is both stunning and stimulating, whatever the weather.   

Once you have been wild swimming in Bewl Water, mountain-biked the muddy Bedgebury Pinetum, kite-surfed off Herne Bay or walked the windswept bird sanctuary of Dungeness or the resplendent Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you might just give up the gym membership for good. 

Your health and wellbeing and that of your family is as important to us as that of our service users and those who matter to them.

Meaningful and memorable work with people who will stay with you for the rest of your life.

What are you waiting for?

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