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Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist - Inpatient

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This NHS Foundation Trust is currently looking for a Consultant in Inpatient Adult Psychiatry. This is an outstanding opportunity for experienced Psychiatrists looking to grow their career in the NHS. This NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the "Mental Health Trust of the Year" in 2021 by the Health Service Journal. In addition, this NHS Foundation Trust is currently in a merger with the another excellent Trust, which will create a new, single organisation that can ensure a better mental health & physical health services for the population they serve, and helping people to enjoy healthier live with improved access to the specialist care & treatment, when needed.

The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.


Formed on the 1st of April 2020, the NHS Foundation Trust is on a mission to deliver outstanding care through a culture of listening, learning and continuous improvement. They aim to provide the right care for their patients, carers, colleagues and communities. The NHS Trust provides mental health services to all age ranges and supports people with a range of mental health problems whether they are mild, moderate or severe. In 2019, the NHS Trust received more than £13 million of funding to help transform adult mental health services. This funding means we can work more closely with GPs and address patients’ mental health problems much earlier.

The NHS Foundation Trust's merger with another excellent NHS Foundation Trust will enable better support & care for the health and needs of the population, as well as to provide consistent and accessible services across the county, as one merged organisation. The NHS Trust will be running community services, mental health and learning disability services across the county. The NHS Trust employs over 9,000 people who deliver support for the patient services. In addition to providing a wide range of patient services, we also contribute to training the next generation of nurses, doctors and therapists and conduct research that will help to advance clinical practice and treatments in the future.

The NHS Foundation Trust support children and young people’s mental health through their schools projects across Somerset, and their child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS). For adults, we offer a range of community-based mental health services. For those with more serious health needs, our community mental health teams offer specialist care to support recovery. Patients who require intensive, daily support and who may otherwise be likely to be admitted to in-patient care are seen in our home treatment service.


The Department is a 14 bedded ward which admits adults of working age. The district covers a largely rural area of 285 square miles with a population of approximately 114,000. There are 275 admissions per 100,000 adult population in Somerset. Over the last three years there was an average of 223 admissions per year with bed occupancy being lower than the national average. The majority of the patients admitted were given a diagnosis of a psychotic illness, followed by a mood disorder and then personality disorders.

The post holder will be part of the team which consists of a ward manager 0.5WTE, a deputy ward manager 1WTE, a trainee doctor 1.WTE, a medical secretary 0.4WTE, a ward administrator 1.0WTE, a ward psychologist 0.5WTE, three occupational therapists, 11 staff nurses, 17 health care assistants, and 6 service assistants. 

The post holder will also be responsible for conducting Mental Health Act assessments for adults of working age admitted to the ward. Other Mental Health Act assessments for adults of working age in Mendip will fall to the community adult consultant psychiatrists. The post holder may be invited to contribute.


Nestled in the heart of the South West of England the region has diverse shopping, restaurants, and regularly hosts international music and sporting fixtures. It is located between various areas of outstanding natural beauty and the idyllic rolling hills of Exmoor, featuring national hotspots for cycling, surfing, and climbing such as Cheddar Gorge. There’s plenty to keep you occupied alongside the abundance of music festivals and local traditions. Taunton offers close proximity to both the beaches of North Devon and Cornwall, while also being less than two hours from the city of London. 

The region also offers some of the best schools in the country. 


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. Opportunities are available with applications for funding co-ordinated by the Trusts Medical Directors and clinical trial recruitment to International, National and Regional trials is active in all tumour sites. This trust was also rated as an area of Outstanding Practice by CQC (2016), and with the highest GMC score in the South West for training.

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. 

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