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Psychiatry Specialty Doctor

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 a year pa
Closing date
11 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you a trainee who has come to the end of core training, looking for your next challenge and want to step out of training? Or are you looking for a CESR programme?

Why Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Trust?

LYPFT value and recognise the contribution of our SAS doctors as senior clinicians and are committed to supporting SAS career development in all areas of the Trust. We have implemented the SAS charter and are finalising the roll out of the 2020 SAS contract. We have a designated SAS advocate now in post - Dr Eve Randall. In the past we had an Associate Specialist re-grading procedure in place, and work is now underway to fulfil our intention to be one of the first Trusts to advertise the new Specialist Grade post. We have an established and experienced SAS Tutor, Dr Peter Niblock and a track record of SAS Drs holding senior leadership positions both locally and nationally.

Main duties of the job

Employed as a Specialty Doctor at LYPFT you will benefit from:

  • A bespoke SAS CPD training programme
  • Access to a study leave budget providing CPD, conferences, workshops and courses.
  • You will be able to attend internal weekly educational meetings alongside Consultants and trainees where you can meet Psychiatrists from across the Trust
  • Monthly clinical supervision with Consultant Supervisor
  • Support to pass the MRCPsych exams and to gain Section 12 approval if required
  • You will be a member of a peer group and the SAS committee
  • 2 protected SPA sessions a week
  • Opportunities may arise for emergency on-call work if desirable
  • Invitation to annual Medical Leadership Day
  • Opportunity to apply for Trust medical leadership positions

Revalidation and appraisal is well established within the Trust and it is expected that all Specialty Doctors will actively participate in the annual medical appraisal process.

About us

Leeds is a great place to live and work - it is a busy, vibrant and exciting city with two universities and great transport links. The city centre offers affordable accommodation options, great shopping, dining, museums, cinemas, the Leeds Grande Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Leeds Arena for live events. Elland Road is the home of premier league Leeds United FC, whilst Headingley Stadium offers world class cricket and rugby. Outside of the city there are vast areas of parkland such as Temple Newsam, Golden Acre and Roundhay Park and affordable housing in attractive suburbs with excellent schools. We are also just a short journey away from the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors and coastline where you will find some of the world's most beautiful landscapes and countryside.

We build our people and teams through collective and compassionate leadership - have a read through some of the inspirational feedback provided by our current and previous SAS doctors to find out how the training, teaching/research opportunities and culture at LYPFT can support this next exciting step in your career:

Job description
Job responsibilities

I worked as a speciality doctor with Aspire for about 18 months and would highly recommend it. It was a great job, working with a very skilled and dedicated team. There's a really positive ethos in the team, and they do a brilliant job in providing truly holistic support for people with psychosis. I found the work to be varied and rewarding and the workload manageable. I was able to use my SPA time to get involved in other things I was interested in, such as teaching through the University of Leeds and quality improvement projects. I took up the post straight after my core psychiatry training and was very well supported, with regular supervision from one of the consultants. I left the role in order to go into higher training, but would have happily stayed otherwise and would still be keen to go back in the future! Dr Lauren Unsworth ST general adult psychiatry

It is a post that allows for increasing clinical autonomy in a service that offers exciting opportunities for SAS doctor involvement in both research and teaching. The SAS doctor plays a vital role in the service and there is plenty of scope to utilise and learn new psychological therapy skills. It is a rather unique SAS post but one that offers a great deal of career development opportunities. Dr Monique Schelhase, Associate Specialist, acting consultant and clinical lead, YEDS

I have worked as a Specialty doctor in LYPFT since 2011, mainly in OPS community teams. I have always found LYPFT to be supportive of SAS doctors. My supervisors have provided support when necessary, but encouraged autonomy when able. There have been opportunities for clinical leadership within the trust for SAS doctors, myself included, and I have always been encouraged to take opportunities in leadership and development by my consultant colleagues. The SAS group in LYPFT are well represented on trust committees and are supportive of each other. Within OPS community services, you are included as a senior member of the medical team, consultants are approachable and supportive, workload is manageable and variable. Dr Peter Niblock, Specialty doctor and SAS Tutor

Apply now to enjoy excellent career prospects while reaping the rewards of making a difference to others every day.


    • As an NHS employer we offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages
    • Relocation package of up to 8,000

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

Person Specification

  • MBBS/MBChB or equivalent and GMC registration


  • Recent (within 12 months) clinical experience plus 4 years whole time equivalent work as a doctor with 2 years in psychiatry

communication skills

  • Evidence of excellent communication skills

team working skills

  • Evidence of experience working within an MDT

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