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General Adult Psychiatrist - Community

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This NHS Foundation Trust is currently looking for a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry to work within the community setting. This is an outstanding NHS job opportunity for experienced Consultants Psychiatrists, Associate Specialist (Specialist Grade) and Specialty Doctors who is 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 CMHT psychiatrists provide medical input to the well-staffed Assertive Outreach Team (AOT). The Assertive Outreach service is expanding and recently merged with the Dual Diagnosis service. This Team has input from an experienced manger and a psychologist. The Dual Diagnosis service offers an intensive service to complex patients with significant substance use and associated risks has a designated lead who assesses, manages or offers a consultation for this patient group. The Dual Diagnosis lead is a Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP).

The community mental health services have expanded across the Trust with concomitant expansion in staff as we have built up a new service called Open Mental Health, in the last 2 years. This service works closely with primary care, the wider community and the voluntary sector. This service includes psychologists, assistant psychologists, liaison staff, eating disorder leads and support workers. 

The Consultant will deliver direct interventions including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental and physical health needs through outpatient clinics at another department and home visits as required, attend the weekly CMHT meeting, and work collaboratively with the inpatient consultant and team based at another Ward to ensure smooth transition for patients admitted and discharged from the ward.


Nestled in the heart of the South West of England, the location 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. Ranging from public institutions to award winning state schools ranked in the top 10 of A-level providers nationally for the last eight years.


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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