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Consultant Psychiatrist in Community Psychiatry

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well established community mental health team in an CQC rated Outstanding Trust. You will join the 7 wte other consultants already leading a well-resourced MDT including trainees and specialty doctors working across the primary and secondary community services. You will have a range of community responsibilities within the service providing a holistic and assertive service for working age adults with severe mental illness. The team is based at a community clinic which houses all our Neighbourhood Teams as well as the Early Intervention and an Early Detection of Psychosis Service. It is about 5 minutes walk away from the inpatient unit located at Homerton Hospital and 5 minutes away from bustling Chatsworth Road, with its vibrant cafs and shops. The service base is very central to the borough with good bus and overground connections.

Main duties of the job

There is 1 post made available following the previous consultant moving to another role.

The consultant psychiatrist provides input and clinical leadership to the Neighbourhood Mental Health Team. They lead the Neighbourhood Mental Health Team with a team of a band 7 senior worker (senior nurse of social worker), band 5 community connector (employed by the voluntary and community sector), a band 3 support worker, as well as access to an occupational therapist, psychologist, band 6 assessment worker, and peer-support worker. There is a band 8 team manager for 4 Neighbourhood Teams. The most recent addition to these are ARRS workers, which are band 7 posts employed by ELFT and working across GP surgeries and Neighbourhood Mental Health Teams. The consultant has a significant role in providing advice and training to GPs with the aim of increasing the skills and knowledge of GPs in the management of common mental health presentations.

The Neighbourhood Recovery Service has two sub-teams (East and West), led by 4 Band 7 senior practitioners, and 1 Band 8 operational lead. We are proud of the work we have done moving towards recovery-oriented care in the community and development of a primary care mental health offer which supports the recovery service in managing workload effectively.

About us

The consultant's caseload is aligned to the specific GP practices from the neighbourhood they cover. The post holder will continue to nurture and further enhance strong relationships with primary care colleagues, and this will facilitate a responsive service, that can see patients quickly, but also discharge back to primary care, with or without the input of the Neighbourhood Mental Health Team.

The current caseload is approximately 250 patients in each neighbourhood, and 50-60 on (what used to be called) CPA in the recovery service of each neighbourhood.

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.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For further information relating to this vacancy please see attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

  • Medical degree, MBBS or equivalent
  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • Eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register (or Specialist Registrar within 6 months of gaining CCT).
  • Membership of the Royal College Of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with RCPsych Guidelines)
  • With or eligible for Approved Clinician status (MHA, 2007)


  • Higher Degree in relevant area


  • Experience of clinical work in General Adult Psychiatrist at ST4-6 or Consultant level in the last three years
  • Experience and knowledge of psychopharmacology.
  • Experience of working in adult psychiatry services in the community
  • Excellent working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act
  • Understanding of the social aspects relevant to psychiatry


  • Knowledge & experience of recovery-informed service delivery and working with patients as experts by experience

Clinical Skills

  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership to the team
  • Expertise in risk assessment and the use of evidence based interventions for the treatment of psychosis, mood disorders and co-morbidities
  • Confidence in therapeutic risk taking
  • Commitment to clinical governance


  • Experience in teaching junior staff
  • Good teaching and communication skills
  • Ability to train and supervise junior medical staff and medical students / staff from other disciplines
  • Experience of teaching non-medical mental health professionals


  • Medical education qualification


  • Able and willing to teach medical students and lecture on undergraduate and MRCPsych courses


  • Interest & willing to supervise research, audit or QI projects.
  • Published research

Personal skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage complex workloads and support others to do that
  • Commitment to working with service users in ongoing services development.
  • Cultural sensitivity, ability to work with a diverse population.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.


  • Management, performance and leadership courses.


  • Able to travel between sites as required.

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