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Specialist Grade in Old Age Psychiatry - Community (CESR Supported)

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This NHS Foundation Trust is currently looking for a Specialist Psychiatrist with experience in Old Age or geriatric 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 Service is divided into four Teams, and there is also a Central County Wide Memory Assessment service (which undertakes much of the MAS work) and also a County Wide Intensive Dementia Support Service IDSS (which acts as a Crisis/Home Treatment Team for those with Dementia). The community mental health teams and memory services provide psychiatric community care to patients over the age of 65. There is also a much smaller group of patients under 65 years of age, with primary dementias who are also cared for by the older adults’ community mental health team.

The multi disciplinary team includes medical, nursing, Psychology, OT with clinical support workers and admin support staff. The overall team provides CMHT, MAS and Specialised Day Hospital services. The two services area covers GP practices in four towns and equates to approximately 11,000 patients over the age of 65 (CCG figures December 2017). The community mental health teams are part of wider integrated teams. Each team is co located with staff from district nursing and the integrated rehabilitation team (community OT and Physiotherapists).

The post holder will hold regular clinics, as well as undertaking domiciliary visits when required. The post holder will provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health needs of community patients in their community area, and work closely with the community teams to provide effective multidisciplinary collaborative care: this will include availability for consultation, regularly attending team meetings and providing case discussion and advice at the request of team members and / or team managers.


Nestled in the heart of The South West of England, the area 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 such as Millfield, Queens College, Taunton School, Kings College, Wellington School, and Blundell’s, to award winning state schools such as the Richard Huish College, which was 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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