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Consultant Psychiatrist in Substance Misuse

NHS Lothian
No.11 Dalkeith, City of Edinburgh
Consultant (£96,963 - £128,841)
Closing date
3 May 2024

Job Details

NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

To this end, NHS Lothian welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Applicants must have full GMC Registration, a license to practise and eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register. Those trained in the UK should have evidence of higher specialist training leading to CCT or be within 6 months of confirmed entry from the date of interview. CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration) route doctors are only eligible to apply for a substantive consultant post once CESR is awarded. Non-UK applicants must demonstrate equivalent training.  

Applications are invited for this post in Substance Misuse Psychiatry, this post is advertised as a 10-session post however applicants who wish to work less than this will be considered. The successful candidate will provide consultant leadership for adult secondary care Substance Use services for the population of Midlothian the Substance Use Team is a close knit and well-established team which provides an integrated service.

This post is based at No 11 St Andrews Street, Dalkeith. 

Dalkeith is on the outskirts of Edinburgh approximately 7 miles from the city centre.

Midlothian covers a population of approximately 98,000, covering a range of housing types and deprivation levels. The team is co-located with the adult mental health and criminal justice teams in a recently opened purpose-built centre.

Substance Use Team comprises community psychiatric nursing, support workers, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, social work, Peers, Clinical Support and admin and is managed by the Operations Manager. The service provides for patients over 18 with no upper age limit unless presenting with cognitive impairment. The aims of the team are to provide a range of services to meet the individual needs of the patient group.

It is expected that the successful applicant would provide consultant leadership within the community Substance Use team, working closely others service within Midlothian’s Integrated Health, social care, and Justice building. The Post holder will responsible RMO for their patients, undertake domiciliary visits, Mental Health Act / Adults Incapacity, and legal work for the patients on their caseload. They will be expected to work closely with consultant colleagues within No11, general practitioners, third sector and other teams. There is also an expectation that the post holder will contribute to strategic development and ongoing development of the local service. More detailed departmental and specialty information can be found in the job description available via email address / link below.

For an informal discussion please contact:

Dr Rebecca Green Clinical Director

Tel: 0131 271 6661     Mobile: 07816 257721


Karen Darroch Interim service Manager

Midlothian Mental Health And Substance Use Service

Tel: 01312859600


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We cannot accept CV’s as a form of application and only a completed online application form will be accepted.  Personal information will not be sent with the application for short listing. The application form will be identified by the candidate number only to ensure that all applicants are treated equally. 

***PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept late applications so please ensure your application is submitted early**

Interview Date: 21 May 2024




NHS Lothian is the second largest health board in Scotland serving the fastest growing population. We cover four local authority areas, including the city of Edinburgh. As one of the largest healthcare organisations in the UK, we invest approximately £1.6 billion a year in protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. Our permanent workforce of over 28,000 delivers a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services to a population of over 850,000 people. We have 21 hospitals, 119 GP practices, 182 community pharmacies, 173 general dental practices and 127 optometry practices. As a regional centre, we also provide some services for patients in neighbouring areas and we are a national centre of expertise for other specialties, serving people across Scotland.
We have recently invested in a brand-new children’s hospital, the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People, and a new state of the art Department for Clinical Neurosciences. Now is also an exciting time to join our ophthalmology and oncology teams as we embark on plans to invest significant capital into building leading treatment and research centres.

Living in the Lothians

Edinburgh and the Lothians are all home to ample amenities, beautiful countryside and rich history. With museums, castles, beaches, markets, plenty of activities for the family, shops, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife – all on your doorstep – there truly is something for everyone here.
Edinburgh, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is consistently named one of the best cities in the UK to live in and people come from all over the world to visit. The city hosts the annual Festival Fringe and world-famous Hogmanay events and has great transport links, being home to Scotland’s busiest airport and the UK’s second largest train station.

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