An excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic & motivated Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry to join the fantastic Psychiatry Department in an NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of the largest trusts in the United Kingdom, and is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. The NHS Foundation Trust is rated "Good" overall by the CQC in 2019. They have a wide range of physical and mental health needs. This NHS Foundation Trust works closely with their many partners to ensure that their combined efforts are focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for the people they serve. They provide integrated, high-quality, timely services based on the needs of the individual.
The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.
WHAT IS THE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST LIKE?
The NHS Foundation Trust, created in 2002 by a merger between three NHS Trusts, is one of the largest trusts in the UK. They care for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs. They have approximately 7,000 staff that provide healthcare to a third of London's population and across wider geographical areas, including Milton Keynes, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire.
The NHS Foundation Trust is passionate about delivering first-class patient-centered, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient’s own home. Patients are at the heart of everything they do. They provide NHS services throughout a person’s life, in physical and mental health and everything in between, at GPs and hospitals to the community. The majority of their services are provided in the community, which means treating people in their homes or from clinics close to home. In this sense they are a very modern part of the NHS, something the new Long Term Plan wants to see more of, with better integration and coordination of care, delivered as close to home as possible.
The NHS Foundation Trust provide top quality care depends on their ability to employ the best people. They are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support their patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee they're hoping to find their future leaders and they will support their staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.
WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE?
The Team is a group of determined doctors that is based at one of the NHS Trust's hospital. The inpatient teams are managed by the ward managers and deputies. The department is very much focused in providing efficient and high-quality inpatient care and in developing and embedding service improvement. The successful candidate will be joining a team that works closely together in a supportive and collaborative manner, and have close links with our community teams to ensure that they provide high quality, safe and effective care. The Consultants have their own office in the administrative area of the hospital with IT access.
The Mental Health Unit has 4 acute admissions wards, each with 17 beds, except for one of the wards that has 16 beds. Admissions are from the local CMHTs, HTTs or Psychiatric liaison services; all admissions are gatekept by HTT. Current bed occupation is at approximately 90-95% but the Trust has a bed occupancy project to reduce this to 85% over the next 12 months. On average 75% of admissions are under the Mental Health Act, with an average of 4 admissions per week. This results in Tribunals and Managers Hearing on average fortnightly. The team therefore works closely with bed managers and HTT to ensure that there is appropriate throughput through the service.
The post holder will have principal duties to provide clinical care to the residents in their covered areas admitted to the ward. The post holder will provide joint leadership with the ward manager, for the performance culture of the ward, ensuring best practice is employed across the ward, and that the Trust’s quality and productivity targets are met. The post holder will be expected to participate in Quality Improvement and service evaluation projects and will be encouraged to undertake any research which may be relevant to either short or long-term service improvement.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?
There is real opportunity to progress through CESR at pace at this trust, with a strong desire for newly-qualified consultants to develop their specialty areas of interest and undertake in various cancer trials and research projects where possible. Research is encouraged here, particularly when this is appropriate to professional development and to the service development of the department.
If you are a new consultant you will receive mentoring and support from medical leads as well as access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-caliber Consultants.
Requirements for the role:
UK based candidates: