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Consultant Psychiatrist - Intensive Support Services

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year pa
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity within our working age acute services for a Consultant to work alongside three other consultant psychiatrists in the Crisis Resolution Intensive Support Service (CRISS) in Leeds.

The post holder will be based within one of the 3 home based treatment hubs of the wider CRISS in the South Intensive Support Service at Aire Court Community Unit in Middleton.

The CRISS model became operational in March 2019 and now provides assessment and intensive support for acute mental health problems in working age adults, as well as for older adults out of hours, with the support of the OPS Consultant on call.

The model's service specifications were developed following an extensive community redesign task project which included stakeholder feedback events. The new model also incorporates the Core Fidelity Standards of Crisis Resolution services developed by University College London and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The Trust provides services to over 725,000 people within the boundaries of Leeds and we are passionate in promoting good mental health and wellbeing and strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are essential in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.

Main duties of the job

Are you committed to providing high quality patient care? WE need you to help us achieve our goals to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health.

Here are Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) we are an organisation committed to providing high quality care to improve health and lives which seeks to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice and while maintaining the values of simplicity, integrity and care for those in need.

The Trust strategy is built upon three priorities:

  • Delivering great care that is high quality and improves lives
  • Providing a rewarding and supportive place to work
  • Using resources to deliver effective and sustainable services

As a medical workforce, we provide outstanding secondary care mental health services that allow our service users to feel that they are safe and receiving the latest, high quality, evidence-based care, delivered by motivated, engaged and compassionate staff, who feel supported and enabled to grow in the workplace and the systems we provide. Further information can be found here

About us

We offer a wide range of benefits to help support a healthy work-life balance and support your overall health and wellbeing including:

  • Excellent relocation package(if applicable)
  • Annual leave entitlement as per the terms and conditions of Consultant contract,
  • On-site parking
  • Cycle to work & car leasing schemes
  • Wide -range of Health & Wellbeing benefits

This is a 10 PA post plus a 1% category B availability for out of hours on-call duties.

As well as financial support for relocation (up to 8,000*), we want to understand what flexibility means to you, do you want to work condensed hours? Do you have caring responsibilities? Is there a certain day which you cannot work for personal reasons? Then talk to us.

*subject to conditions.

What you will get:

Supportive and friendly colleagues

  • Personalised Coaching and Mentoring
  • Weekly academic teaching
  • Access to NHS Leadership and Development opportunities, including opportunity to become an appraiser and educational / training development opportunities
  • Annual Medical Leadership development day
  • Generous study leave allowance (averaging 10 days per year and up to 30 days leave over 3 years with a budget of 1000 per annum)

Career and pastoral support from SAS Tutor and SAS Advocate

Job description
Job responsibilities

Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to appoint a full time (10 PAs) Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry (Crisis Resolution and Intensive Support Service). The work of the ISS is considered within LYPFT to be integral to the smooth transfer to and from different parts of the acute pathway.

The post holder will be one of 4 consultants providing acute care to patients under the Crisis Resolution Intensive Support Service. Although a city wide service, the post holder will work primarily from the West area of the city, the emphasis being on facilitating early discharge from the acute wards, overseeing the progression of patients through the home based treatment pathway as an alternative to hospital admission) via intensive support and ensuring care is provided in the right place of the acute pathway at the right time.

The CRISS is made up of the Crisis Resolution component based at the Becklin Centre and the ISS part of the service. The s136 suite (currently 4 bedded) and 6 bedded mixed Crisis Assessment Unit (CAU) are also based at The Becklin Centre alongside the acute wards 2 male and 2 female. There is a further male ward and 10 bedded PICU at the Newsam Centre. The CAU is designed for brief admissions (up to approx. 5 days) and is closely linked to the ISS as one of the main points of referral into and transfer from. There is an expectation that the ISS team will liaise closely with the CAU to ensure timely entry and exit from theses beds.

Although working primarily from the west base, the post holder will be expected to work flexibly when needed and when appropriate, for example assisting colleagues in other areas of the city when demand has outweighed resource or if prior knowledge of a particular patient on the Crisis Assessment Unit or in the s136 suite means the post holder is the most appropriate person to see that individual. As a core number of staff work from each locality each day, including medical colleagues, the need for flexible working across the city is infrequent and often minimised by good communication and liaison between CRISS colleagues.

Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust is a leading provider of specialist mental health services and our ambition is to be the best provider we can, aiming to continue being a national leader in training, research and development.

We have an excellent record in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education and Training, evidenced by medical student, core and higher trainee placement feedback in Health Education England annual reports. We have a highly successful University of Leeds Core Psychiatry Training Course for trainees in psychiatry. The Trust is also delighted to have nominated both successful Health Education England Yorkshire School of Psychiatry Core and Higher Trainees of the Year 2018 and the Trusts Director of Medical Education was runner up for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Trainer of the Year 2018. There is a weekly Wednesday afternoon teaching programme (currently on zoom) to which all doctors are invited.

The Andrew Sims Centre provides high quality continuing professional development (CPD) courses all of which are eligible for CPD hours subject to peer group approval.

Leeds is a vibrant and energetic city which offers a wealth of activities from culture and historic museums, galleries and theatres, first class retail scene and is in the midst of fantastic countryside, which provides an ideal place for city culture, the outdoors or family life. It also boasts Leeds Medical School which has an excellent reputation for the outstanding quality of teaching and research.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is seeking applicants with the enthusiasm necessary to serve the needs of a city enriched by cultural diversity which is why Leeds is bidding to be European Capital of Culture 2023.


  • As an NHS employer we offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages
  • Relocation package of up to 8,000: We can provide you with a fantastic relocation package with up to a huge 8,000 on offer, making your move as easy and stress-free as possible.

Leeds is a great place to live and work - it is a busy, vibrant and exciting city filled with great transport links and affordable living costs. We are also just a short journey away from the Yorkshire Dales where you will find some of the worlds most beautiful landscapes and countryside.

We are committed to your development, making the very best of your talent and helping you to achieve your career aspirations.


The post holder will take part in one of the Consultant on call rotas. There is a Consultant on call for the West and for the East side of the city both of which, at present are approx. 1 in 14 rota. This is a third on call rota with a Core Trainee (CT 1-3) providing first on call and a Specialist Trainee (ST 4-6) providing the majority of second on call. On-call work is paid at Category B level 1%. For urgent presentations which occur out of hours, the Leeds CRISS (crisis resolution intensive support service) supports clinical work, including MHA assessments and the s136 is within the CRISS team base and staffed by that service and the on call doctors overnight and at weekends.

There is a reciprocal arrangement for cover with the 3 other CRISS consultants and other general adult community consultants based at Aire Court.

Person Specification

  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrist's Guidelines)
  • Fully resisted with GMC and Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved under S12 OR able to and committed to achieve with 3 months of appointment

Knowledge & Experience

  • Excellent knowledge within specialty


  • Excellent Communication skills (assessed at interview)

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