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Consultant Psychiatrist Aylesbury CMHT

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 per annum pro-rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Oxford Health is looking for outstanding candidates for this attractive opportunity to work in the Aylesbury Community Mental Health Team which is based at the Whiteleaf Centre, in Buckinghamshire.

We are looking for a 1.0 WTE consultant psychiatrist to provide clinical leadership to the Aylesbury CMHT. This post has become available in the CMHT due to a consultant moving to another area. The postholder will work alongside other consultants (total 4.0 WTE senior medical establishment including this post) within the CMHT. We would welcome applications from candidates who wish to work LTFT or flexibly, including those who would like to discuss a personalised/ split job plan.

The Trust is committed to high quality teaching and training for medical students, post graduate trainees in psychiatry, specialty doctors, students and other professionals. The consultant will provide direct clinical supervision and line management with opportunities to develop your skills in these areas.

Oxford is rated the top medical school in the world in THES ratings, and Psychiatry is rated by students as being the best specialty rotation on the course. Oxford has a track record of encouraging medical students to pursue psychiatry as a career, with 7% of graduates citing psychiatry as their first-choice career, equal highest of any UK medical school.

Main duties of the job

The CMHTs undertake non-emergency assessment and medium-long-term treatment. They work alongside independent Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams. Referrals will soon be triaged by the Mental Health Gateway (a Single Point of Access) which operates independently from the CMHT providing comprehensive triage (including supporting information) prior to assessment. Staff within the CMHTs work to consultants and catchment areas that correspond as closely as possible to specific geographical areas and GP surgeries (PCNs), to allow maximum familiarity with these patients and better links with the corresponding GPs.

The CMHT provides recovery focused evidence-based treatment for patients with severe and enduring mental illness. Oxford Health is currently undergoing a wide-ranging piece of transformation work under the umbrella of the Community Mental Health Framework. This involves clearly defining the role of the CMHT and the interventions it offers in the evolving mental health landscape across primary and secondary care. Oxford Health has also developed a new set of Core Clinical Standards in order to provide a more flexible approach than was offered under CPA (mirroring work at a national level).

Oxford Health is an ambitious Trust dedicated to innovating, evaluating and implementing new treatments, procedures and services.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

We strive to ensure that staff feel valued by the Trust as they are truly pivotal in delivering better outcomes for our patients and service users. Our aspiration is to help to make Oxford Health the best place to work. This Trust is clinician-led and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services. We pride ourselves on our service user involvement.


We offer a 15,000 recruitment bonus and a relocation allowance up to 8,000 to eligible successful candidates (Ts & Cs apply)

We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

As such we particularly welcome applications from clinicians who would like to negotiate dedicated PAs for clinical leadership, research, training or other areas of special interest.

This is a hugely exciting time for the Trust having recently achieved anOUTSTANDING CQC RATINGand being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold an outstanding rating.

Job description
Job responsibilities

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether thats job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

a) The Consultant will provide senior medical input and clinical leadership to the CMHT. The post holder will have responsibility for those patients seen by himself/herself, together with those patients seen by medical staff directly supervised by the post holder.

b) The post holder will assess new routine referrals from other agencies alongside other clinicians, provide consultations to non-medical clinicians and offer ongoing management for patients requiring longer term care.

c) The post holder will work alongside the team manager and the other Consultant Psychiatrists in the team to ensure the effective functioning and development of the service.

d) The consultant will provide direct clinical supervision to any trainees and speciality doctors placed with the team who are seeing their patients, and psychiatric supervision and line management to any trainee or specialty doctor allocated specifically to them. This will include one hour per week psychiatric supervision for trainees and a pro rata equivalent level of supervision to speciality doctors, in conjunction with other consultants. This will be in line with the trust supervision policy and will be reflected in the job planning process.

e) The consultant will be expected to provide direct clinical care and ensure medical involvement in the CPA process.

f) Providing timely written correspondence to relevant professionals documenting assessments, on-going management, progress, and eventual discharge using Trust IT and clinical records system training will be provided where needed. Completion of CPA documentation when necessary.

g) Work collaboratively with other agencies. In particular liaison with staff from other teams to manage smooth and timely transfer into and out of the CMHT.

h) The consultant will be expected to contribute to the collection of data as required by the Trust and other relevant agencies. This includes the timely recording of clinical activity data, and participation in clinical audit with appropriate administrative support.

i) The consultant will be expected to attend most regular directorate managerial meetings as necessary, particularly the Medical Advisory Committee (every four months) and monthly Directorate/Managerial liaison meetings.

j) The consultant will be expected to participate in and attend the local training programme for junior doctors.

k) The consultant would be expected to participate in both a CPD peer group and a clinical peer supervision group with fellow consultants. A monthly consultant Balint group is also available.

l) The consultant would be expected to maintain their own programme of training and CPD accreditation with the support of their Associate Medical Director/Clinical Director and peer group.

m)The consultants will normally cross-cover for each other for annual leave, study leave and brief periods of sickness absence.

n)There is a daytime Monday-Friday cover rota (currently approximately 1 in 10) for the Whiteleaf Centre in the event of any issues with usual cross-cover arrangements.

o)The consultants take part in the Buckinghamshire Adults of Working Age out-of-hours rota. This is a 1 in 17.6 non-resident on-call rota, with 3%, band A intensity. There is a junior doctor (StR1-3, GPVTS or FY2) on shift out of hours, and StR4-6 trainees take part in a supernumerary non-resident on-call rota (1:18 with 4-6 trainees).

Person Specification

  • Ability to undertake full range of consultant responsibilities

Skills & Knowledge

  • a) Leadership skills: Ability to work within a collaborative multidisciplinary framework, and to share leadership responsibilities with senior colleagues of other professions
  • Ability to understand how organisations work most effectively
  • b) Organisation and management skills: Commitment to active clinical governance
  • Ability to promote effective team working
  • Capacity to prioritise workload
  • Active participation in clinical audit
  • Commitment to interagency partnership working
  • c) Communication skills: Must have good skills in communication with patients, relatives, colleagues and staff of other organisations. Good spoken and written English.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with a range of professionals.
  • d) Professional approach: Must have interest in and commitment to people with mental health problems, and their carers.
  • e) Personal skills: Experience in supervising and teaching core psychiatric trainees
  • f) Teaching experience: Application of research evidence to clinical practice


  • Relevant experience of the administrative, management and leadership roles of senior medical staff Inter-agency partnership working and development
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Supervision of advanced level trainees
  • Research experience and skills


  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrist's Guidelines)
  • Approved clinician Status and section 12( MHA) Approval are essential. Candidates who are in the process of getting AC approval will be considered . Eligibility for Section 12 (Mental Health Act)
  • Full GMC registration with license to practice


  • Higher degree or equivalent in relevant field of medical, psychological or other studies or postgraduate teaching qualification


  • Experience of the full range of clinical responsibilities expected of a consultant in this specialty
  • Experience of close collaborative work with social care and other agencies


  • Application of evidence-based practice and interest in clinical and policy developments for this care group
  • Development of close collaboration with primary care services
  • Experience of early intervention in psychosis services and knowledge prodromal states for psychosis

Clinical Experience

  • Experience of the full range of clinical responsibilities expected of a consultant in this speciality. Experience of close collaborative work with social care and other agencies


  • Application of evidence- based practice and interest in clinical and policy developments for this care group. Development of close collaboration with primary care services. Experience of early intervention in psychosis services and knowledge prodromal states for psychosis.


  • CCT in Psychiatry OR Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register in psychiatry OR within six months of achieving CCT at the time of interview OR CESR
  • Higher specialist training in general adult or child and adolescent psychiatry in approved training post for a minimum of three years, equivalent training in another country, or previous consultant experience relevant to this post.




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