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Consultant Psychiatrist - Early Intervention in Psychosis

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An excellent job opportunity for a highly motivated & passionate Consultant Psychiatrist for Early Intervention in Psychosis 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 Team is a group of collaborative consultants who always makes sure that their patients get the best service. The department is well established with good support from senior clinical and managerial colleagues. They accept referrals from the SPA, Primary Care Liaison Team, Crisis Resolution Team, Inpatient wards, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team as well as national Early Intervention services for service users with a first episode of psychosis. It normally works with service users for 3 years from age of 14 upwards. It functions between 9am and 5pm between Monday and Friday.

The department works in conjunction with other local mental health teams, and has developed close links with a range of community and youth services. This specialist multidisciplinary, community based team, provides intensive input to young people between the ages of 14 and 35 plus, who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. In the future it is anticipated that the service will extend the hours of operation from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. The team has a Key Performance target to review all new referrals within 2 weeks and meet the level 3 standard for Early Intervention services.   

The post holder is expected to be responsible for carrying out detailed psychiatric assessments and risk assessments and to contribute to planning and implementing service users care plans, under CPA procedures and guidelines. The post holder is expected to carry out the above in a variety of settings, including home visits, and other non-stigmatising settings. The successful candidate is expected to work flexibly to ensure that clients and their carers are able to access the service effectively.


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 12 months of completing CESR
EEA candidates: 
  • Specialisation in Psychiatry
  • Consultant experience
Non-EEA candidates:
  • MRCPsych
  • Consultant experience
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