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Consultant Psychiatrist in Older People

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year gross per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Mar 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
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Full Time

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This role will be supported by a 12,000 relocation allowance.

Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People

Come and play a key role in our award-winning older people's service!

Our dedicated Older Person's hospital based at The Julian Hospital, Norwich is seeking driven Consultant Psychiatrists to join their growing team.

You'll be working alongside an established MDT, providing responsible clinician input to our inpatient wards and intensive community support team at our 'Centre of Excellence' base.

When you join our collaborative, innovative team you'll have the opportunity to make an interesting and stimulating job plan to support with the development of the services we offer to the older people of Norfolk.

Norfolk is a fantastic place to be a doctor; not only is the quality of life second to none for anywhere else in the country; but there are also brilliant opportunities for career progression here; there are fantastic opportunities to become a trainer, a medical leader and to get involved in developing the health services for our whole population - in a way that may be more challenging in an urban area. There is a real sense of togetherness and some fabulous communities that we can work with and support.

NSFT have a forward-thinking approach to MDTs, so you can expect to be working alongside Nurse Consultants, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, newly developed non-medical RC senior clinicians and more.

Main duties of the job

There is a well-established structure at The Julian hospital, and good colleague support. There is a strong older person's psychiatrist group in the trust as well as regular meetings with the senior medics in the care group with a thriving MSC locally.

Our service is made up of the following areas:

Sandringham Ward - 17 bed older people's admission ward for functional patients (usually 15 bed but currently enhanced numbers to accommodate Blickling partial closure for refurbishments)

Blickling Ward - 19 bed older people's admission ward for functional patients (currently partly closed for refurbishment, reopening with 19 beds in 2023)

(Sandringham is currently men and women over 75 years old. Blickling currently women only. However, when Blickling reopens in the new year there is scope to make 1 male admission ward and 1 female admission ward for functional patients)

Beach Ward - 13 bed male dementia assessment inpatient ward

Reed Ward - 13 bed female dementia assessment inpatient ward

Rose Ward - 13 bed continuing care ward for those suffering from dementia or other organic illness

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We're an hour and a half away from London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

Job description
Job responsibilities

There are lots of reasons to come and work with us in NSFT. When you join us you can expect: 

  • Protected 2.5 SPA time
  • Friendly and supportive colleagues
  • Support and encouragement to develop areas of special interest
  • Subsidised gyms and free physio service
  • Strong education reputation (we have close ties with Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia)
  • Well established county wide teaching programme and links with ELFT joining the monthly Barts academic afternoons
  • Access and encouragement to partake in research and a well-established research network in the Trust
  • A strong Quality Improvement programme with support for QI projects, audit and service development
  • Study leave budget 600 PA, per clinician
  • Clinically led, innovative services with opportunities to develop into management roles with clinical lead, ACD and CD post opportunities
  • Flexible working opportunities, some remote working is possible within the job plan 

We encourage any interested applicants to come and visit our hospital and meet the team. For a full list of duties and responsibilities, please see attached job descriptions.

Person Specification

  • Entry on the GMC Register
  • Approved Clinician Status
  • Section 12(2) Approved under the Mental Health Act (MHA)
  • Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCST


  • 3 years or equivalent medical experience
  • 6 months experience in relevant clinical area
  • Evidence of knowledge of diagnosis, treatment + management of complex mental illness


  • Effective team working
  • Leadership qualities
  • Flexibility
  • Driving Licence/able to travel independently
  • Research

Clinical Governance

  • A clear understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to open review of practice


  • Experience of supervising junior medical staff
  • Teaching and presentation skills 

BMJ Ref: BMJ-109974/246-MGYW3514948-S



Location:  Norfolk and Suffolk, East of England

Core Values:  Respectfully, Positively, Together

Size:  We employee 4,000 plus people across Community and Inpatient sites across Norfolk and Suffolk

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. 

We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services. Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was established in 2012, following the merge of Norfolk and Waveney Partnership Trust and Suffolk Partnership Trust. We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities. 

Research at NSFT

NSFT is committed to growing the amount of research taking place locally and has developed a robust infrastructure to enable this to happen. The Trust has a thriving R+D department recruiting to Portfolio studies with a large R+D team in support of this. In addition there is an innovative research development programme which has successfully helped many clinicians to develop their research ideas and careers, link to other centres of clinical and research excellence and to guide them towards potentially leading on research grant applications. The department has been very successful in these grant applications with three dedicated teams: child and youth, adult, and older peoples clinical areas each of which is now leading on major publications and funded NIHR grants and fellowships. The department has strong links with UEA and other universities and has the full support of the Trust Board.

We provide services in the following locations

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  

This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.”

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

Great Yarmouth

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