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Learning Disabilities Specialty Doctor (CESR supported)

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Job Description

An excellent job opportunity for either experienced Specialty Doctors or Specialist grade (Associate Specialists) in Learning Disability Psychiatry at a trust in Greater Manchester. The Trust's vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in their communities and their staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use their services. They are really proud of their people, and continue to do everything they can to make sure that they are a great place to work.

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


The NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of 1.3 million and their vision is a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in their communities. The Trust has more than 3,600 dedicated and skilled staff deliver care from 88 different locations in six boroughs. The Trust's mental health teams provide care and treatment for people with mild to moderate conditions such as depression, anxiety or dementia, or more serious mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. They run "Healthy Minds" (psychological therapies), drug and alcohol services, psychiatric intensive care, rehabilitation services, military veterans' services and many more.

The NHS Foundation Trust aims to deliver mental health through services based in each Borough and in conjunction with local Commissioners and local social service departments. The Trust's learning disability services are for people with a moderate to profound level of learning disability, such as those with downs syndrome. The Trust has an updated strategy (2022-2025) that confirms their commitment to being a specialist mental health, learning disability and autism provider, while recognising the impact of the pandemic and the changes within the health and social care system. 

The Trust made the list of the top 120 best places to work in 2015, as compiled by HSJ and Nursing Times, in association with NHS Employers. 5 The list is a celebration of NHS organisations that have worked hard to promote great staff engagement and create an environment where people can enjoy their work. The Trust is accredited with a ‘two ticks’ symbol to ensure that people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity to enter employment and progress if and where possible.


The Department is a team of kind, fair & determined doctors. They support people with mild, moderate or severe learning disabilities who are registered with a GP, to help them live a valued life in their community. The team is made up of learning disability nurses, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and psychologists. They deliver a specialist assessment and intervention plan, which focuses on health inequalities, behaviour, risk, sensory, communication and psychological needs. They work in partnership with families and agencies to achieve positive outcomes for the patients in their home, community and other relevant settings.

The Team accepts referrals from service users, carers, social workers, GP's and other health professionals. All referrals will go through a screening process which checks whether you are eligible to access the service. In previous years, their colleagues have picked them as winners of the Principles of Care Awards, for their work with Down's Syndrome and dementia patients. The population is around 191,830 (ONS Data). At present, around 4144 people, within the borough, have a known learning disability, with the five year forecast showing this to increase to 4236 by mid-2025. Currently, the outpatient case load is around 150.

The post-holder will work under the supervision of a consultant psychiatrist and and Multi Disciplinary team, and will provide clinical support for the assessment and management of mental health problems on a routine and emergency basis
. The post-holder will have the opportunity to rotate through different posts on a yearly basis according to service needs, offering opportunities for developing clinical expertise across a range of specialities. There will also be the opportunity to rotate to posts in Community Mental Health if this is of interest to you.


Manchester and the surrounding towns have wonderful geographical, cultural and ethnic diversity, with this opportunity situated between the City of Manchester and the Pennines National Park. The area enjoys excellent transport connections via the M62, and M60 motorways and the Metrolink tram system. The population of the borough is 227,312, of whom 62.1% are aged between 16 and 64 (OMBC 2013 mid-year estimate). Approximately 22.5% of the population are from ethnic minority groups.


The combination of clinical practice and first-class academic connections means that medical professionals have a wide range of opportunities to develop their careers and achieve their aspirations. You will have access to leadership, teaching, educational and research opportunities for Continued Professional Develop (CPD).

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. 

EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Learning Disability Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialist in Learning Disability Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych (UK) (essential)
  • Experience of working in Learning Disability Psychiatry
  • Specialist training in Learning Disability Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Learning Disability Psychiatry

This is a great opportunity for any experienced General Adult Psychiatrists working towards CESR or specialist registration in the UK, whilst working as a specialty doctor in the NHS. 

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