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General Adult Psychiatrist - Inpatient - supporting CESR

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An excellent opportunity for an experienced Specialty Doctor or Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist to join a mixed gender acute psychiatric ward with 18 beds in London. The post if suitable for overseas psychiatrists, including candidates who are pursuing CESR. Specialists in Psychiatry, holding a specialist certification would be suitable for this post, based on experience entering at either Specialty Doctor or Consultant grade.

Overseas applications from experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultants are welcomed, previous experience in the inpatient sector is desirable. 

The Trust is performing at a good level across all community and inpatient services, it provides integrated mental health services in London and also provides community health services across its catchment area. They are a large provider of integrated mental health services, employing 3,359 staff with an annual income of £237 million.

The trust serves a population of 1.2 million and operates services from five main inpatient sites and a further 25 sites in the community. Specialist services include regional forensic, eating disorders and adolescent inpatient services and a national stalking service. 

In 2014 they were awarded 'University Affiliated’ status, which facilitates stronger working relations, including the opportunity for experienced academics and experienced clinicians within the Trust to coproduce mental health education and research projects which meet the needs of local people. This agreement enhances the current partnership between the two organisations, demonstrating a strong commitment to education, research and development.


The ward is a mixed gender acute psychiatric ward with 18 beds. The ward provides assessment and treatment for patients who cannot be safely managed in the community by the Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Teams. This includes a significant number of patients detained on Sections 2 and 3 of the Mental Health Act.

The Team is a close-knit group of 30 colleagues, mostly holding substantive posts, which meet regularly in formal and informal meetings. Whilst several CPD peer groups have formed within the trust, the consultants are also encouraged to seek peer groups outside the organization as an opportunity to network and share experience with colleagues from other services. A monthly Balint-Group for consultants is facilitated by the Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and gives opportunity to conduct in-depth case based discussions (CbD) required for annual appraisals and revalidation.

The post-holder is expected to be actively involved in all aspects of service development of the department and the wider organization. The postholder is expected to formulate treatment plans and oversee implementation and evaluation of these treatment plans and contribute to management of patient flow with a view to manage bed capacity effectively and avoid delayed transfers of care.

This great world city is far more than just the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is bustling, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. London is both old and new, a place where traditional pubs rub shoulders with the newest cocktail bars.

Its most ancient castle is right next door to its newest skyscrapers. London's energy, as 8.6 million people go about their everyday lives, is tangible in every journey on the Underground, every stroll through a market and every walk along the banks of the River Thames. From the royal parks to the theatre stage, London really does have it all.

Working as a psychiatrist in London brings a range of exciting prospects. You will have the opportunity to work in some of the best mental health trusts in the UK, who will offer you the opportunity to constantly grow your medical and scientific knowledge and skills. In London you will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, and as you progress through your career, you will have more opportunity to shape the way you work; you can develop research, work part time or full time and can combine your career with a wide range of other interests.

With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, RCPsych exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. 

Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.

EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialist in Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych
  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT

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