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Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
Canford Cliffs, Poole Dorset
£93,666 to £126,281 a year p.a
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity to recruit a full -time Psychiatrist to work in St Ann's Hospital, Poole Dorset. The post holder will work full time within the female treatment unit (Chine Ward) which provides the assessment and treatment planning for working age female patients admitted to St Ann's hospital.

The team work closely with the community and home treatment team to provide inpatient care to informal and detained patients when required. The aim of admission is to provide treatment and return patients back to their community home in a timely manner. The team is multidisciplinary in nature and there is a full time CT doctor and a full time Foundation doctor working alongside the consultant.

Recruitment and Retention: A payment of £20,000 to be paid as two lump sums. The first £10,000 will be paid on appointment in the role and the remaining £10,000 will be made on the anniversary of the start date. Both payments will be subject to deductions at source.

If you are interested in moving to our beautiful county, we can provide a generous relocation package of up to £10,000.

Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If the person you refer is appointed by the Trust and completes their probationary period you will receive £500 reward payment for the introduction! Please contact the recruitment team if you require further info

Main duties of the job

We would love to hear from you to discuss how together we might design this role around you and your specialist interests, we are committed to enabling flexible working and would welcome a discussion on how this could be achieved for you.

The postholder will, with their junior doctors colleague, provide medical leadership to the Dorset general adult female inpatient treatment team The postholder will take a lead role on Chine ward, the patients will primarily be from both East and west of the county.

  • The postholder will play a lead role in the daily review of workload and capacity of the inpatient team, which will include liaison with colleagues in community mental health
  • The postholder will be expected to ensure, alongside senior medical colleagues, that a senior medical review of the care of each person admitted to Chine takes place within 24 hours. The on call arranged for the Trust are such that during weekends and bank holidays, the on call Consultant will carry out a face to face review of all new admissions
  • The postholder will follow the mental health acute care pathway that has been implemented across the A key goal is to minimise the length of stay of patients on Chine where possible transferring them to home treatment or discharging them back to the care of a community mental health team.
  • The postholder will be expected to work in a multidisciplinary way and to help develop the skill of non-medical members of staff.


About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification


  • General medical Qualification e.g. MBBS, or equivalent and hold a Licence to Practise.
  • MRCPsych or recognised equivalent, e.g. membership of a psychiatry college in another country.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • Additional clinical qualification


  • Must be in possession or within 6 months of possession of a CCT in Psychiatry or on Specialist Register in Psychiatry.
  • On Specialist Register in General Adult Psychiatry.
  • Section 12(2) approval and Approved Clinician approval or ability to obtain approval before starting post


  • Experience of medicine outside psychiatry e.g. general practice, medicine.

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wider medical knowledge.
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Make decisions based on evidence and experience including contribution of others.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Teaching Experience
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within the NHS or comparable service.

Dorset HealthCare Values

  • Proactive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy, and positive

Management Skills

  • Understand the importance of working with managers in the interest of goo patient care
  • Able to manage priorities
  • Evidence of management/Leadership skills training


  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff

Supervision of Junior medical Staff

  • Knowledge of requirements for supervision and appraisal of junior medical staff.
  • Approved educational supervisor training


  • To have an understanding of own strengths and weaknesses and how these attributes affect professional functioning.
  • To have an understanding of the stresses involved in being a consultant psychiatrist and how to manage these appropriately.

Clinical Governance

  • An understanding of the importance of Clinical Governance in the NHS organisations and importance in patient care.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation

Leadership Skills

  • Understand principles of leadership and give examples of leadership in own practice.
  • Able to provide clinical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.

Research and Audit

  • Experience of carrying out an audit project
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication
  • Ability to supervisor junior medical staff undertaking research projects


  • Published audit project
  • Ability to critically appraise published research


Employer details
Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Chine Ward St Ann's Hospital

69 Haven Road

Canford Cliffs, Poole Dorset

BH13 7LN

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