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Specialty Doctor in General Adult Community Psychiatry (Colne House)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 Per Annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

We are looking for a Specialty Doctor in General Adult Community Psychiatry.

Adult Community Mental Health Teams in South West Hertfordshire operate from 2 clinical bases out of Colne House in Watford (covering Watford and Three Rivers) and the Civic Offices in Borehamwood (covering Hertsmere). Both provide a range of community based services, including outpatient clinics based on recovery care pathways. The post holder will be attached to Watford Adult Community Mental Health Service (ACMHS). The medical team is formed by 2 fulltime consultant psychiatrists, 2 part-time consultants and other 2 other specialty doctors. HPFT Community service users from this area are allocated to a consultant depending on their registered GP Practice.

2 years experience within psychiatry is an essential criteria for specialty doctor posts, should you not hold this experience you may interviewed and considered for an alternative posting which will different in grade and pay.

Please note - we run a collated interview approach for all SAS vacancies we have across the Trust, this means that you will be considered for the posting you applied for in the first instance, if this posting is filled but you are deemed appointable you may be offered an alternative posting which may differ in department and location.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment and treatment people of working age from his/her catchment area who are referred or otherwise present to secondary care mental health services.

Initial triage by the Single Point of Access (SPA) determines whether the service user meets the criteria for a secondary care assessment. Service users with psychotic or non-psychotic mental health disorders (severe, complex, high risk or with issues of diagnostic uncertainty) and vulnerable adults are referred to a face to face assessments at the Initial Assessment clinics.

Service users are usually offered an Initial Assessment followed by an MDT discussion of care plans. This allows a holistic assessment of the patient from more than one perspective. In certain circumstances a single assessment will be offered with a doctor. Following assessment, service users will be allocated to the Adult Community Mental Health Service if they satisfy the criteria for a secondary care intervention in terms of severity, risk, complexity, treatment resistance or vulnerability. Otherwise they will be signposted appropriately or referred elsewhere.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim it to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disabilities within the UK.

With a workforce of over 4,300 people and an annual income of some £330 million this year, the Trust provides integrated health and social care services through a network of community and inpatient settings, serving diverse communities across Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. As a University NHS Foundation Trust, HPFT continues to develop strong links with the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities, as well as strengthening our clinical research capability.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Roles & responsibilities Under supervision of a consultant

To undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients.

To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively and submit this promptly to the Information Department.

To participate annually in a job plan review with the line manager, which will include consultation with a relevant manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with modernisation. To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services, and share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to management.

To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the medical director and other managers in preparing plans for services.

Provision of psychiatric expertise to the wider multi-disciplinary team

To undertake outpatient clinics, home visits and participate in multidisciplinary case discussions.

To liaise effectively with primary care and mainstream mental health services.

To have regular clinical supervision with the consultant psychiatrist. It is the post holders responsibility to ensure that this is booked.

Person Specification

  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


  • 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.
  • Section 12/Approved clinician approval.


  • A minimum of 4 years' full time post graduate training (or it's equivalent gained on a part time of flexible basis) at least two years of which to be within a psychiatry training programme or as fixed term Specialty Trainee within psychiatry o or have equivalent experience and competencies.
  • Minimum of 6 months experience within General Adult Psychiatry
  • Ability to work well in multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psychosocial perspective and wide medical knowledge.


  • Clinical experience in a range of services within Psychiatry.
  • Excellent degree of medical knowledge in relation to general adult psychiatry.


  • Ability to demonstrate clinical problem solving in interdisciplinary areas
  • Possession of good organisational skills
  • Be able to actively listen and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.

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