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Specialty Doctor - Learning Disabilities Psychiatry (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 that continuously provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of 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. In the context of a Specialist Community Learning Disability service model these values translate into principles which drive their vision and work. The team is committed to building upon the evidence base which informs the delivery of safe, caring, responsive and well led services. Their network of teams benefit from sharing learning from quality initiatives, research, compliments, complaints and incidents which in turn drive locality developments and the plans they share. Their service model will be supported by Quality Improvement forums and Research and Innovation hubs, these groups will work across disciplines, organisations and geographical boundaries.

The service model provides a platform from which their multi-disciplinary teams deliver a broad spectrum of pathways. Each pathway is flexed to meet the individual needs, skills and circumstances of the client. A client’s pathway may vary in the range of reasons for involvement, the setting of the intervention, the approach taken, even the number of disciplines involved. The population of Oldham is around 238,722, with a growth projected increase to 246,645 by 2025 (2.18%). At present, around 5156 people, within the borough of Bury, have a known learning disability, with the five year forecast showing this to increase to 5536 by mid-2025.

The post holder will provide psychiatric input to adults with learning disabilities of 18 years and older within the area. The post holder will be a key member of the team and will have access to clinical space at the clinic. It is also expected that psychiatric assessment, advice and liaison will be given in a variety of community locations. For example: The post holder is expected to carry out assessments of complex cases and support development of multi-disciplinary management plans.


Oldham is a town with considerable geographical, cultural and ethnic diversity, situated in the northeast part of Greater Manchester, between the City of Manchester and the Pennines. The town enjoys excellent transport connections via the M62, and M60 motorways and the Metrolink tram system. The population of Oldham 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)
  • 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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