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Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist (West Kent: Pembury & Maidstone)

Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
Tunbridge Wells
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Unleash Your Expertise in Liaison Psychiatry: This is your chance to make a real difference to the lives of others, while propelling your career to new heights

As a Consultant Psychiatrist in Liaison Psychiatry based at Tunbridge Wells Hospital and Maidstone Hospital in Kent, you will be responsible for delivering a high-quality clinical service and actively involved in the strategic development of the team and broader services.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital trust providing a full range of general hospital services to around 500,000 people living in the South of West Kent and parts of North East Sussex. The Liaison Psychiatry Service provides a single point of contact for the mental health needs of patients attending the Emergency Department or admitted to the general hospital.

In this role, you will be working jointly with another Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and share operational and clinical leadership to ensure that the sites are suitably covered.

Successful applicants will ideally have MRCPsych or equivalent and be on, or within six months of inclusion on, the Specialist Register. You will be fully registered with the GMC, and have Approved Clinician status and S12 approval under the Mental Health Act (or achieve this within 3 months of appointment).

As well as a Recruitment Bonus of £15,000and financial support for relocation of up to £8,000, we are proud to offer flexible working opportunities as part of our new ways of working.

Main duties of the job
  • To provide psychiatric care to patients referred to the Liaison Psychiatry Service
  • To provide professional leadership including clinical supervision to the medical team and to provide clinical leadership to the Liaison Multidisciplinary Team
  • To ensure effective liaison occurs between mental health services and the acute hospital, and also with other agencies in the voluntary and statutory sectors as appropriate
  • To act as a Responsible Clinician (Approved Clinician status) for patients detained under the MHA to the acute trust

About us

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and specialist services across Kent and Medway, with a population of 1.8 million. Each year we care for over 2,000 people in our hospitals and 54,000 people in the community. Our mission is to provide'brilliant care through brilliant people.'

Here are just some of our Benefits:
  • A Recruitment Bonus of £15,000 and financial support for relocation of up to £8,000*
  • Easy access to inhouse research team and academic opportunity through Kent's own Medical school
  • Generous annual leave and study leave entitlement and access to the fantastic NHS pension scheme
  • Flexible working - just ask and we will try to help
  • Excellent Learning and Development opportunities - We offer doctors at all grades the chance to engage in leadership, educational, research, quality improvement development and seek growth opportunities tailored to their areas of interest
  • Free access to an independent counselling service
  • Blue Light Card - A discount service for the NHS, with thousands of amazing discounts
  • Car lease scheme
  • A variety of staff network forums which empower, support and encourage network members and allies, to reflect KMPT values and promote equality and diversity.

*If you would like further information, or to know the full terms of the Recruitment Bonus and/or Relocation Allowance, then please contact our Medical Staffing Team:

Job description
Job responsibilities

It is envisaged that the post holder will work 10 programmed activities (PA) over 5 days. The postholder will join the Consultant on-call rota. This is currently remunerated with 3% Category A supplement and 0.5 PA in addition to 10 PA sessions. Part time or job-share applications are welcome.

For detailed information regarding the role, please refer to the attached job description and person specification. The job description will provide you with the main duties and responsibilities of the role. The person specifications will detail the qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience required for the role.

Person Specification
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry from Royal College of Psychiatrists
Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Employer details
Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Tonbridge Road

Tunbridge Wells


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