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Specialty Doctor in CMHSOP - South West Kent

Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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Specialist doctor
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Join our thriving Older Adult Community Mental Health Services team! We're looking for a Psychiatrist to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health issues in adults over 65, including some younger adults with early-onset dementia.This position will provide Psychiatric care for older adults with mental health problems in a community setting. The role involves:

  • Assessment and Treatment: Conducting outpatient clinics, home visits, and residential/nursing home reviews.
  • Diagnosis: Contributing to the memory assessment service (working towards MSNAP accreditation) and seeing diagnostic cases.
  • Collaboration: Working closely with a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including nurses, social workers, and psychologists.
  • Expertise: Providing medical knowledge within the MDT and supporting colleagues.
  • On-call Rota: Participating in the West Kent On-call rota, requiring Section 12 approval for Mental Health Act (MHA) assessments.
  • Professional Development: Engaging in continuing professional development (CPD) and Trust mandatory training.

Team Function:

  • The OAMHS team receives around 1200 referrals annually for assessment and treatment.
  • The team uses a CAPA model for care planning.
  • The team has a rapid assessment service for urgent referrals.
  • All team members (except support workers) manage caseloads. Consultant psychiatrists handle complex cases and provide support/advice.
  • The team works collaboratively with primary care, social services, and other mental health services.

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities:


  • Conduct outpatient clinics (new & follow-up patients), some with dementia focus.
  • Perform planned and urgent community visits.
  • Conduct Mental Capacity Act (MCA) assessments and MHA assessments (if applicable).
  • Liaise with referrers, allied professionals, social services, carers, and support groups.
  • Contribute medical expertise to the MDT.
  • Support colleagues within the MDT.
  • Participate in maintaining MSNAP accreditation for the memory assessment service.
  • Participate in the West Kent On-call rota (Tier 2, requiring Section 12 approval).
  • Complete mandatory training and participate in CPD activities.
  • Participate in regular supervision and annual appraisals.
  • Participate in administrative/management duties within the CMHSOP.
  • Adhere to Trust policies and procedures, following best practices outlined by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and General Medical Council.

About us

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing vital mental health, learning disability, and specialist services to a population of 1.8 million people across Kent and Medway.

Join our extensive network of medical professionals and contribute to making a positive impact. We offer exceptional professional development opportunities, allowing you to hone your skills while enjoying the high quality of life in the picturesque Garden of England.

Collaborate with the prestigious Kent and Medway Medical School, be at the forefront of integrated care, and prioritise individual well-being. If you're passionate about research, join our internationally recognised team and contribute to shaping the future of healthcare.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providingbrilliant care through brilliant people.

Job description
Job responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: This post will be moving from Darent House, Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3PG to Highlands House, 10-12 Calverley Park Gardens, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2JN with effect from September 2024.

For detailed information regarding the role, please refer to the attached job description and person specification or search KMPT Careers Job ref: 380-MED-24-010-PERM. 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.

Part time or job-share applications are welcome.

Our Benefits

Here are just some of our Benefits:


  • Financial support for relocation of up to £8,000*
  • Easy access to inhouse research team and academic opportunity through Kents own Medical school
  • Generous annual leave and study leave entitlement and access to the fantastic NHS pension scheme
  • Holiday of a Lifetime Scheme Bank your annual leave to save up for that all important extended break
  • 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 Relocation Allowance, then please contact our Medical Staffing Team:

Person Specification


  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification



  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in old age psychiatry
  • Additional clinical qualifications


  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
  • Approved under S12(2) OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative


  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • At least 6 months experience of older adult psychiatry within the last 5 years
  • Completed minimum of three years full time training in psychiatry
  • Clinical expertise in the assessment and Management of risk
  • Good working knowledge of the interface between the MCA and MHA
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge


  • Endorsement in Old Age Psychiatry from Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Experience of working with Older Adults and skills in cognitive assessment
  • Experience in working in other specialities
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit


  • 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




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