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Perinatal Psychiatrist - Community

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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.


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.


The Department is an established high-quality multidisciplinary community & liaison Perinatal Mental Health Service across five Boroughs. The service specification is defined in line with the standards recommended by the RCPsych CR197, the Perinatal Quality Network and the Pan London Perinatal Mental Health Network. In the area served by the NHS Foundation Trust, there are four Maternity Units with a projected delivery rate of more than 6,000/year. In addition, there are approximately 4,000 deliveries in the private sector. The team have the capacity of enabling the delivery of evidence-based perinatal mental health care through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and voluntary sector.

The service operates at the interface between one of the Trust's hospital maternity unit and psychiatry with an outreach arm in the community in the form of home visits, satellite clinics, joint case management with caseload midwifery and a perinatal mental health specialist Health Visitor and NGOs. The service works closely with the liaison psychiatric team with clinical cross cover arrangements for annual and study leave. The Team Consists of: 0.5 WTE team manager, 0.5 WTE consultant psychiatrist in perinatal, 1 WTE specialty doctor (post advertised), 1 WTE Medical secretary, Band 4, 1 WTE Band 8a Psychologist, 0.8 WTE Band 8a Psychotherapist 7, 3 WTE band 7 specialist psychiatric Nurses, 1 WTE Band 6 OT, 0.6 WTE band 7 social worker, 0.6 WTE nursery nurse, and 0.6 WE peer support worker.

The post-holder will work with a medical team consisting of a Consultant Psychiatrist. The post-holder will contribute to the supervision of the trainees/medical students, clinical discussion and support for other non-medical MDT members and is expected to contribute and write perinatal care plans, safeguarding reports for social care and attend pre-birth planning meetings, discharge from maternity or MBU meetings and children and families safeguarding meetings. 


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:

  • Specialist register, or within 6 months of completing CESR
EEA candidates: 
  • Specialisation in Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Consultant experience
Non-EEA candidates:
  • MRCPsych
  • Consultant experience
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