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Consultant Forensic Intellectual Disability Psychiatrist

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum plus London Zone Allowance
Closing date
28 Feb 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry, Other, Forensic psychiatry
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join the newly developed low secure forensic learning disability service based on Turner ward, Shaftesbury Clinic, South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust. The forensic service sits within the Specialist Service Line of the Trust. The service is a provider within the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) Forensic Provider Collaborative (PC). The SLP Forensic PC's overarching goals centre on bringing care closer to home, improving patient pathways and outcomes by delivering excellent care in better environments.

The SLP has a track record of delivering highly effective, clinically informed service developments across the Pathways within the Forensic PC. The post holder will be joining a skilled, motivated and innovative multidisciplinary team committed to continual learning and development and will be offered excellent CPD opportunities.

We are looking for a consultant with the interest and skills in providing strong medical leadership to take our services forward.The role is being offered on a permanent basis, alongside a tailored management leadership programme for those individuals who would be interested in pursuing this.

Additionally, we offer a number of enhanced benefits, including a relocation package available- Up to 8,000 relocation package available *terms and conditions apply*

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide medical leadership to the team on Turner LDA ward a 12 bedded low secure ward within the new Shaftesbury building in Springfield Hospital. The Consultant will work closely with the ward manager and the wider service to ensure safe, efficient and effective service delivery that meets the Trust's Key Performance Indicators and the SLP Forensic PC objectives.

From January 2022 this unit will be housed in a state-of-the-art new secure building on the Springfield Hospital site. The ward has been suitably adapted to provide the optimal environment in which to deliver care and treatment to patients with intellectual (learning) disabilities who may also have Autism. The service is provided by a full specialist multidisciplinary team equipped to effectively assess and treat coexisting mental disorders in this group and to provide appropriate therapies.

The Consultant will carry overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, treatment and rehabilitation focused care delivered by the Team. Where problems arise, the Consultant will be afforded robust support by the service Matron, Associate Clinical Director, the Clinical Director and where necessary the Medical Director and Chief Executive.

Assessment date: 6th March 2023 (via MS Teams)

Interview and AAC panel date: 7th March 2023

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

About our location:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our 150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Medical leadership, working in the multi-disciplinary team and working closely with, and providing cross-cover to other Consultant Psychiatrists and occasionally their Associate Clinical Director within the service line.
  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, medication management and the recovery focused care delivered by the Team
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working with social care, statutory and voluntary and third sector partners.
  • Ensuring the delivery of effective, efficient and safe, recovery focused mental health care.
  • Engagement in gatekeeping assessments of referrals
  • Provide a forensic consultancy service to the Borough of Kingston
  • Availability within normal working hours 5 days a week for urgent review and management including formal Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Participation in the Forensic weekday 9-5 emergency consultant rota (Monday- Friday)
  • Providing cross-cover for the Consultant colleagues where necessary.

Person Specification


  • Primary Medical degree.
  • Full GMC registration
  • MRCPsych or equivalent.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register for General Adult Psychiatry or eligible for such inclusion on the Specialist Registrar within three months of completing their CST.
  • Section 12 (2)/AC approval under the Mental Health Act or be willing to apply for such approval once in post.


  • Qualifications in change management and service development skills


  • Completed minimum of three years full time training in approved higher psychiatric training scheme.
  • A detailed knowledge of main treatment approaches for intellectual disabilities and autism, risk assessment and risk management, interface with the Criminal Justice system and forensic inpatient settings.


  • Knowledge and experience of the ICETR process
  • Experience of teaching medical and non-medical staff, including those who may not have a formal qualification


  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry


  • Teaching Qualification Evidence of feedback good from students

Audit & Management

  • Commitment to developing practice through clinical audit and/or research
  • Commitment to working with allied agencies including carer's groups, and local charities.


  • Experience of service planning and development
  • Experience of working with third sector partners

Research & Publication

  • Evidence of participation in research, and outcomes of studies
  • Higher degree in research


  • Completion of a research project and evidence of it's dissemination
  • Publication in a peer reviewed journal

BMJ Ref: BMJ-108782/294-MEDI-4969008-JB




South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) serves more than 1.2 million people across the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.

The Trust employs more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to more than 20,000 people from South West London and beyond at any given moment. We received a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following their inspection of our services in 2019. They confirmed that we have maintained and strengthened our ‘Good’ rating across all areas.
The Trust has a long history of innovation that has helped to redefine the mental health landscape in the UK.

We are a multi-award-winning organisation, including:

  • Our innovative Lotus Assessment Suite, which was named Regional Champion for the ‘Excellence in Healthcare’ Award in the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2019. 

The NHS Parliamentary Awards are an annual celebration of talent and innovation within the NHS and Members of Parliament are asked to nominate individuals or teams within their area. Stephen Hammond, Member of Parliament for Wimbledon, nominated Lotus for its innovation toward patient care. 

  • Merton Citizens were finalists in the Guardian Public Sector Awards 2019 Public Health and Wellbeing category after working closely with the Trust and the citizens of Merton to raise awareness of Mental Health and improve access to support for Mental Health conditions.
  • The Trust’s Quality Improvement and Innovation (QII) Steering Group won the Team of the Year award from the Arrhythmia Alliance as they were lauded for their work creating a programme to quickly and easily screen for Atrial Fibrillation, a serious heart condition, amongst service users, carers and staff.

Our Trust is on a journey from good to excellent and our staff survey results improve each year. Our Mental Health services have been provided from the main Trust Headquarters in the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting – for more than 160 years. but we also provide services in many other community locations throughout London and the South East - major inpatient services from Tolworth Hospital in Kingston, and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton.

As well as providing local services we are recognised as a beacon of excellence for national Mental Health Services including Eating Disorders, Deaf Services, OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

We’re proud of our history but we are much more interested in our future. We are transforming our services and modernising our estate with a £150million programme which will provide two state-of-the art mental health facilities.
We are a modern and forward-thinking mental health organisation that really cares for our staff, patients and community, delivering services across five clinically led service lines:

  • Acute and Urgent Care Services
  • Community Services (for adults largely of working age)
  • Cognition and Mental Health in Ageing Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Forensic, National and Specialist Services.

With more than 100 clinical teams across the Trust, you will have the opportunity to work with highly motivated and dedicated professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychotherapists and psychologists; so your work will have a real impact.

We believe that good staff and good patient experience go hand in hand and the people who work with us are at the very heart of delivering an excellent service to our patients.

We are at the heart of a ground-breaking partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust which is radically improving services across the South London system. The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) allows for excellent partnership opportunities across the mental health system and is now seen as blueprint for Mental Health Trusts across the country. Through this collaboration, we continue to see smarter, more joined up ways of working which are driving up quality while driving down costs and ensuring consistency for the people of South London.

Our very wide range of job roles and opportunities combined with our reputation for excellence in Mental Health services make us an attractive place to work. We are always searching for staff who embody our values and are innovative, adaptable and committed to providing our patients with superior, evidence-based care.

As a teaching Trust, we also provide education, training and research in partnership with a number of universities including St George’s University of London, Kingston University London, London South Bank University, King’s College London, University of Surrey, The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and Brunel University London.

We work closely with our educational partners to drive research, education and training. Our affiliated university is St George’s University London which nominates a Non-Executive Director onto our Board.

We recognise that our staff are the cornerstone of the organisation, responsible for delivering the very quality and excellence we promise. Making make sure that our staff are supported with clear roles and responsibilities; fair workloads; fair pay and conditions; and strong education and training is right at the heart of our mission.

All our staff embody our values: they are compassionate, open, respectful, consistent and team-oriented.

That’s why we invest in our people.

By coming to work with us you will be at the heart of an organisation with a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation in healthcare.

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