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Specialty Doctor in Addictions

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 Per Annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

Job Details

We are seeking a specialty doctor to work within the specialist Co-occurring Mental Health Alcohol and Drugs (COMHAD) team within the Forward Leeds partnership. The post is advertised on a full-time basis but this could be offered on a part-time basis depending on individual candidate circumstances. The post holder would be based in Leeds and expected to work across the three main hubs where care is delivered. Within the team there is a part-time clinical lead and consultant addiction psychiatrist, a part-time consultant psychiatrist, and junior doctors on rotation including Higher, Core and Foundation trainees.

Forward Leeds is a consortium arrangement of four organisations, of which LYPFT form one part. The other organisations are BARCA, St Anne's, and Humankind. Humankind is the 'lead provider' and data controller. They have the contractual relationship with the commissioner and agree a series of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the LYPFT team. The service is provided across 3 sites at Armley Park Court, Kirkgate and Irford House.

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

In addition to this 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
  • 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.

As well as the offer of 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

Job description
Job responsibilities

The role of the specialist team within Forward Leeds is to provide assessment, treatment, and aftercare for people who misuse alcohol and other drugs and who also have complex needs. It provides the following specialist functions: Dual Diagnosis (Co-Occurring Mental Health Alcohol and Drugs or COMHAD), Pregnancy and Parenting, Specialist Psychosocial Interventions, Hospital In-Reach to Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, a primary care team of non-medical prescribers for alcohol dependence, and a Street Therapeutic Outreach Team.

The primary roles of the post-holder will be to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients within the service. The post-holder will form an integral part of the MDT and support formulation and decision making regarding appropriate treatment. There will be an expectation that the post-holder contributes towards the training environment within the service and is supportive of the service ethos of developing an addiction workforce for the future.

Person Specification

  • MBChB or equivalent full registration with the GMC


  • Evidence in application of excellent communication skills and ability to work well within MDT
  • Extensive experience as a doctor within psychiatry Experience of working in an addiction setting is desirable but not essential.


  • Evidence of up to date CPD

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