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Spcialty Doctor in Cardiff North West Locality

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
£51,765 to £81,200 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Specialty Doctor post to join our Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) North West Locality CMHT .

The Mental Health Services for Older People Directorate is responsible for providing care to an elderly population of circa 81,645 persons over the age of 65 in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan figure .The Directorate focuses its services on patients who experience the first onset of severe mental illness after the age of 65 and patients of any age with an established diagnosis of dementia associated with significant behavioural or psychiatric symptoms

Services are organised within three localities - Cardiff North & West, Cardiff South and the Vale of Glamorgan. Each area has its own Community Mental Health Team for Older People.

Hospital based facilities are currently (*) provided at:

  • University Hospital Llandough,
  • Barry Hospital, where there is a 14-bed challenging behaviour Young Onset Dementia ward spread over three units.
  • Grand Avenue, where there is an integrated Local Authority & health Tier 2 day service

In addition there are also well developed Liaison Old Age Psychiatry Services both for District General Hospitals & Care Homes, a Community REACT (crisis & out of hours) Service & a Younger Onset Dementia Service. We also have a well-developed in-patient Salaried GP service providing routine and urgent medical & physical care for all patients in the service.

Main duties of the job

This a permanent ten session Speciality Doctor post working in the Cardiff North West Community Mental Health Team. The role includes assessment and treatment of people over 65 years old with both functional (affective and psychotic disorders) and organic (neurodegenerative) illness, with frequent co-morbidity across both physical and mental health needs. Assessments occur in both the community (private homes or care homes) and hospital settings (outpatient, day hospital, acute assessment and extended assessment venues).

The Speciality Doctor appointee will spend their time performing duties including: supporting the Consultant and Multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team for Older People in undertaking community assessments and reviews (including urgent and emergency referrals), running an Out-patient Clinic alongside the Consultant, and assessment and development of Care and Treatment Plans with the Consultant and MDT, for patients undergoing acute inpatient mental health assessment (variable number).

The appointee will be expected to work closely with other MHSOP services including Community REACT ('crisis') team, Nursing and Residential Care Home Liaison Service, Younger Onset Dementia Service, Assessment and Recovery Unit and General Hospital Liaison Service. The post-holder will regularly participate and contribute to weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services

Our mission isCaring for People, Keeping People Well and ourvision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiffand the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The post-holder will work closely with and on behalf of the Consultant Old Age Psychiatrists within the Mental Health Services for Older People Directorate of the Mental Health Clinical Board.

The Speciality Doctor appointee will spend their time performing duties which include:


  • supporting the Consultants and Multi-disciplinary Team for Older People in undertaking assessments in the inpatient wards in UHL,
  • development of Care and Treatment Plans with the Consultant and MDT,
  • take part in the Ward Rounds, Best Interest and Family Meetings,
  • perform capacity assessments and liaise with the wider MDT.


This post will have the flexibility to incorporate working with the Consultants and wider MDT in the Community setting, after the initial 3 months of the post. This will include community assessments and reviews (including urgent and emergency referrals), running an Out-patient Clinic alongside the Consultant, and assessment and development of Care and Treatment Plans with the Consultant and MDT, for patients undergoing acute inpatient mental health assessment (variable number).

In view of the fact that the Health Board is currently undertaking a review of its services and the locations at which they are undertaken, it is important to be aware that work patterns may change and the place(s) of duties modified.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or recognised equivalent
  • Full GMC Registration with a Licence to Practice




  • Academic excellence (prizes, merits, distinctions etc.)
  • Section 12 (2) recognition under MHA 1983 or qualification to become Section 12 approved
  • Experience in working in mental health services in UK.




  • Four years full-time postgraduate training (or part-time equivalent), at least two of which will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as fixed-term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty, OR equivalent experience / competencies*
  • Experience of working in mental health services in UK.




  • MRCPsych




  • Commitment to team approach and multi-disciplinary working
  • Effective communication skills
  • Understanding of clinical risk management and clinical governance
  • Ability to take independent clinical decisions when necessary and to seek advice from senior doctors as appropriate




  • Research interests relevant to specialty
  • Audit
  • Teaching
  • Computing skills




  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues
  • Ability to work both in a team and alone
  • Motivated and efficient
  • Satisfactory Immigration Status


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details
Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

University Hospital Llandough

Penlan Road


CF64 2XX

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Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest NHS organisations in Europe. We employ approximately 14,500 staff, and spend around £1.4 billion every year on providing health and wellbeing services to a population of around 472,400 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We also serve a wider population across South and Mid Wales for a range of specialties. 

Our vision is to create a community where healthy life choice does not depend on who you are or where you live.

We are a teaching Health Board with close links to the university sector, and together we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals, while working on research that will hopefully unlock the cures for today’s illnesses.

Our Services

The only tertiary centre for Wales offering a range of services for the whole nation including the only Children’s Hospital in Wales, Organ Donation and Transplant, Neuroscience, Genomics, Precision Medicine and Advanced Therapies, and more.

Public Health

Improving the health of our population and reducing inequalities. Providing preventative health care information and advice including access to health and well-being services.

Primary, Community and Intermediate Care

Offering first line health services at GP surgeries, dentists, optomtetrist and a range of therapy and community based services accessible as close to home as possible.

Acute and Tertiary Care

Providing unscheduled or emergency care. Elective care and specialist services to a wider population across Wales, including dignostics and theraputic services.

Corporate Services

Providing the support services required to run an integrated health system across Cardiff and Wales ensuring patient safety, governance, quality assurance, performance and excellent delivery of all services.

Our Structure

  • Our organisation is structured and designed into seven Clinical Boards which cover our four main service areas and much more. They are:
  • Children and Women’s Clinical Board
  • Clinical Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Medicine Clinical Board
  • Mental Health Clinical Board
  • Specialist Services Clinical Board
  • Surgery Clinical Board
  • Primary, Community and Intermediate Care Clinical Board

The Clinical Boards were created in June 2013 and have been successful in providing strong leadership in clinical areas and have resulted in the acceleration of operational decision making, greatly enhancing the outcomes for patients in their care. The Boards are held to account via the Executive Directors and a process of scrutiny is ensured through monthly performance boards and a robust authorisation process.  

A Great Place to Live and Work

Cardiff really is a city of contrasts. A castle with 1900 years of history stands alongside a modern shopping centre and a spectacular Civic Centre surrounded by acres of parkland.

The Cardiff Bay development has created eight miles of waterfront with a range of new apartments, bars and restaurants.

For those seeking more culture there is easy access to the National Museum and Gallery Cardiff, the Museum of Welsh Life and the Wales Millennium Centre, home of the Welsh National Opera.

Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a mixture of gentle rolling hills, charming towns and villages, and a dramatic natural coastline which includes part of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

Surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty, with the Brecon Beacons National Park, Swansea Gower Peninsula and the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan all nearby, Cardiff really does have it all.

Housing is reasonably priced, and our schools offer a high standard of education and facilities.

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