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Consultant Psychiatrist - Inpatient Service

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

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Specialist doctor, Psychiatry
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking to recruit a Consultant Psychiatrist to join our excellent MDT on Townsend ward an 18 bed female acute ward, in Houghton Regis, South Bedfordshire.

You will provide consultant clinical leadership for the ward, and will be well supported by a middle grade and 2 junior doctors alongside, an excellent and well functioning MDT including Matron, Ward Manager, excellent nursing team with full-time support from OT and Psychology.

Townsend Court site campus also encompasses Poplars Ward an 18 bed Functional Older adult and also the team base for Luton Crisis Recovery and Home Treatment Team, enabling easy access to in reach and collaborative working between the teams on site when required.

The ward has a turn over of approximately 15 patients per month, with an average length of stay of approximately 40 days. The patient caseload of Townsend Ward is predominantly made up of acute presentations of EUPD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder alongside other mental health conditions. The ward has access to in reach support from the Complex Needs Services Transitions team for patient with personality disorders, and works closely with Community Mental effective care and timely step down transitions. There is a key focus on trauma informed care, and along side frequent away days the ward also holds regular Formulation meetings to consider complex cases with a Clinical Psychologist.

Closing date: 3rd of March 2024

AAC panel date: 9th of April 2024

Main duties of the job

  • Provide consultant leadership to the multidisciplinary ward team
  • Provide comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of the mental and physical health for 11 acutely ill adult female inpatients
  • Carry out all Responsible Clinician's duties for those patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, maintaining all care planning in line with legal requirements. These duties will include assessing patients under the Mental Health Act, capacity assessments, consent to treatment, tribunal report writing, attending Mental Health Act Review Tribunals and Managers' Hearings, granting Sec 17 leave, revoking CTOs, recommending CTOs, etc.
  • Assume clinical responsibility for adult patients with mental illness admitted acutely from community services (All admissions will be gate- kept by the Crisis Resolution/Home Treatment team)
  • Undertake all work in the context of the recovery approach, which is emphasised across the Trust, placing the service user at the centre of care planning and decision making
  • Attend the ward on a daily basis to review patients, enable facilitation of the care program approach and involve carers when appropriate at each stage of the inpatient stay.
  • Provide support and training to other health care professionals and support service users through the care pathway as required whilst working with other teams in the community setting

About us

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

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements

Person Specification

  • Fully registered with the General Medical Council
  • Eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register (or Specialist Registrar within 6 months of gaining CCT at time of interview).
  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification
  • Eligible for Section 12 Approval (Mental Health Act)


  • A higher degree such as MD or PhD

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of clinical work in Acute Adult Psychiatry at SpR, SASG or consultant level within the last 3 years
  • Excellent working knowledge and experience of the application of the Mental Health Act
  • Appreciation and understanding of ethnic minority issues and a commitment to developing culturally sensitive practices

Clinical Skills

  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership for the team
  • Self-motivating and innovative
  • Expertise in risk assessment


  • Experience in supervising trainee doctors and SAS doctors

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