Consultant Psychiatrist, Community Forensic Services

Dawlish, Devon
£77,913 - £105,042 Per Annum
22 Jul 2019
08 Sep 2019
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The Role

Relocation package up to £8K

Refer a friend scheme applies – both earn up to £500 – for existing staff

  • Are you passionate about the potential for community forensic care for improving the lives of those with complex mental health needs?
  • Can you use your skills to help design and deliver a community-based forensic
  • mental health service that delivers exceptional care?
  • Have you ever wanted to live and work in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas?

Our Secure Services are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC – a position we’re determined to maintain. To help us continue to improve we’re restructuring and refocusing our medical team and have three exciting new posts on offer. For this post we’re looking for a new Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist to join our expanding Specialist Community Forensic Team to help us continue to grow and improve.

You will provide consultant leadership to our Specialist Community Forensic Team and Pathfinder Team, leading the expansion of the service and ensure clinical care is always of exceptional quality.

We’ve been awarded funding to develop our service with the aim of becoming one of three NHS England pilots. We expect vision, leadership and skills will help us achieve this. The successful person will play a key role in our drive to provide increased psychiatric input into our existing community services.

We’re proud to share the fact that our staff tell us that what makes their jobs so worthwhile is helping our patients move from very dark and distressing times to really helping them achieve their goals - no matter how small they may be. This focus guides our work – and will define yours as you seek to support more people to recover in the community.

You will be part of our respected Secure Services Directorate that provides inpatient services, based at Langdon Hospital, our modern and impressive 111-acre site, as well as mental health support to prisoners across Devon from our Prison Mental Health Team. At Langdon you will enjoy free parking, a patient-led café, nationally recognised Recovery College and spectacular views across the Dawlish coast and countryside.

Join us and we’ll give you significant opportunities for development – including rotations through the service every 2-3 years. Alongside a generous relocation allowance, an attractive benefits package and a rewarding working environment, we are prepared to discuss flexible local working arrangements, including the potential to work a full-time week over four days for the right candidate.

About you

Community forensic services aim to provide life-changing care in a familiar and comfortable setting. You’ll be responsible for designing packages of care that are centred around the person. The people we care for are involved in the decision we take about them whenever possible - we call it ‘inspiring hope – together’.

Holding Approved Clinician status and all relevant professional qualifications, we expect you to demonstrate a strong history of continuing professional development and an enthusiasm for teaching.

It’s highly desirable to us that you have strong, relevant and recent experience in community forensic psychiatry. Wherever you have worked you will have a demonstrable history of success in mental health and learning disability care. We want you to come to the role with a fresh perspective, working with us to continuously improve how we work. We will always listen to your ideas.

Every day, you will set an example for staff. Working independently, you will be able to communicate clearly, calmly and effectively. At a time of rapid change, we need you to use your skills and experience to drive service improvement.

This is a leadership role that will see you charged with taking decisions that change lives. We’re improving the way that we deliver services, and need you to manage this – ensuring our services are shaped around the needs of the people we care for today and tomorrow.

All our consultants have 2.5 Programmed Activities for Supporting Professional Activities and we encourage you to participate in leading the trust through service development and Quality Improvement.

About us

You will provide increased psychiatric input into our existing community services, which currently consist of the Specialist Community Forensic Team, Pathfinder Team, and the Intellectual Disability Community Forensic Team (IDCFT). The Pathfinder service is a community service for personality disordered offenders. The IDCFT team provides care for forensic patients with an intellectual and neuro-disability.

The community service is part of our wider Secure Services Directorate, including Prison psychiatric services and an inpatient service based at Langdon Hospital. Our Secure Services Directorate focuses on supporting people to attain their goals, to achieve a sense of hope, opportunity and control and to move towards independence.

Our offer to you

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:

  • Wide range of leadership development opportunities
  • 32 days (minimum) annual leave
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Access to free recovery and wellbeing courses from our Recovery College
  • Salary sacrifice cyclesheme
  • 24/7 Employee assistance programme

Living here

Living in Devon offers you a fantastic lifestyle and a beautiful place to live and work – even your commute to work can lead you alongside the coast or over the moors. Throughout the county there are exceptional schools, and you’ll never be short of activities to fill your evenings and weekends.

If you’re looking for an innovative and rewarding place to work, plus a beautiful place to live, then joining Devon Partnership NHS Trust is the right place for you.

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