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Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychiatry

Mersey Care NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year 10% R&R and 1% on call supplement
Closing date
8 Dec 2022

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Hospital, Other
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be part of a team of 4 Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists based in the mental illness service. The post holder will lead a comprehensive multidisciplinary team which has good trainee medical and administration support. They will manage a caseload of 17 (+/- 2) male inpatients across the new admission / medium dependency ward and a second lower dependency ward thus maintaining responsibility for the patients as they progress through the medium secure service.

Main duties of the job

The Appointee will act as Responsible Clinician within a multidisciplinary team. They will take part in assessments of new referrals, pre-admission planning, management of inpatients and discharge planning.

They will join the rota to provide assessments of patients referred from the Merseyside and Cheshire catchment for admission to the service.

The successful applicant will also form part of a team offering a comprehensive assessment and consultation service to our local prisons, HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse. This will involve up to 2 sessions weekly and will comprise reviewing patients located in the healthcare wing, a clinic session and attendance at clinical team / referral meetings depending on the needs of the service and current provision.

The Appointee will exercise statutory responsibilities as a Responsible Clinician within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended 2007) for patients detained under Restriction Orders, including completing statutory reports to the Ministry of Justice. For both non-restricted and restricted patients under his/her care he/she will be responsible for providing reports regarding Consent to Treatment and providing reports to, and attending, Tribunals and Managers' Reviews.

The Appointee will be expected to be approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 for the purposes of recommending admission to hospital and be an Approved Clinician.

About us

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world's leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care's vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Appointee will act as Responsible Clinician within a multidisciplinary team. As part of the multi-disciplinary team, they will take part in assessments of new referrals, pre-admission planning, management of inpatients and discharge planning. The multi-disciplinary team will usually comprise of the consultant, a trainee doctor, clinical psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist and nursing staff. There is also access to a substance misuse/dual diagnosis practitioner, a senior pharmacist and Citizens Advice Bureau. Patients are also able to access services provided by the Life Rooms: a centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing.

The successful applicant will manage the care and treatment of 17 male in-patients within Rowan View. This will include patients across 2 admission/ medium dependency wards and a low dependency wards. The post holder will thus remain as RC as the patients progress through the clinic.

The Appointee will be involved in the assessment of individuals referred for admission to Rowan View from a variety of sources including Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Low Secure Units, general adult or old age mental health services, Courts or Prisons.

Along with all Consultants based at Rowan View the appointee will undertake input into one of the local prisons. It is anticipated this will be 1 day per week (2 sessions) at either HMP Liverpool or HMP Altcourse. Both are Category B prisons located within Liverpool. Prisoners are referred and allocated for assessment via a Single Point of Referral meeting and cases are managed by the Mental Health Inreach Teams in the respective prisons.

The post will require liaison with other agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, police, probation, social care and other mental health services.

The Appointee will be expected to participate in the management of the wards where his/her patients are based and attend patient care team meetings and other ward-related meetings as appropriate.

The Appointee will be expected to participate in the delivery of education and training to trainee medical staff and other disciplines where such activity has been clearly defined by the Clinical Tutor. The Appointee will be expected to participate in the general teaching and training responsibilities of the service across the region. There may be opportunities to provide clinical attachments for medical students.

Please see job description for further details.

Person Specification
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • 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.
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients

BMJRef: BMJ-102833/350-MED4767100-A

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