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Specialty Doctor - Old Age Psychiatrist - Crisis and Home Treatment Team

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Opportunity for experienced Old Age Psychiatrists to join the NHS in one of the largest NHS healthcare Trusts in the UK. Rated outstanding by the CQC and winner of the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year - this is a fantastic NHS Trust to grow your career. Applications are open to experienced consultant psychiatrists in Community Child Psychiatry, including overseas IMG applicants. CESR is supported. 

Working in a CQC ‘Outstanding’ rated Mental Health and Learning Disability Trust, you will make a difference in changing people’s lives across the North East of England.

The NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and neurological care services across the North East and North Cumbria. They employ over 7,000 staff and serve a population of approximately 1.7 million providing services across an area totalling 4,670 square miles from over 60 sites across seven towns. They have a number of regional and national specialist services. The Trust has a budget of more than £350 million a year.

The NHS Foundation Trust believe that any modern organisation has to reflect all the communities and people it serves, in both service delivery and employment, and tackle all forms of discrimination. They provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and they have a number of regional and national specialist services. As an organisation they are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects both the local community and IMG community of psychiatrists. They are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

The Trust provides a wide spectrum of mental health, learning disability, neuro- rehabilitation, forensic and substance misuse services as well as other specialist services. The Trust has several nationally renowned services, including specialist services for adults with refractory mental illness, mental health services for young people with a learning disability; forensic services and learning disability services; psychotherapy services, neuropsychiatry; a mother and baby inpatient service and drug and alcohol services for both adults and young people.


The Department & Team is looking for a a Specialty Doctor with the Newcastle and Gateshead Older Persons Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT). The Team has been set up in April 2020 to provide Crisis services to Older Persons in Newcastle and Gateshead and includes this post. It is based with but not part of the well- established Newcastle Gateshead Adult Crisis Team. The OP Crisis Team consists of One Full Time Consultant Psychiatrist, a Clinical Lead, 5 Band 6 Nurses and 2 Band 3 workers; these staff have been recruited and are currently working as an extended hours service, 8am – 9pm and share a Team Manager with the Adult Crisis Team. The post will be normal working hours i.e. Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm.

The multidisciplinary team will provide older adults with both functional and organic mental illnesses with emergency assessment, home based treatment and early discharge support. The team will see all emergency referrals requiring assessment within its extended hours and provide home based treatment as an alternative to admission as well as gate-keeping OP’s acute inpatient beds. It works on a crisis resolution framework, remaining involved until the crisis has settled. It interfaces with inpatient services, acute day services, specialist community mental health teams (SCMHTs), OP Mental Health Day centres, Memory Services, OP Liaison Services, General Practitioners and Nursing/Residential Homes.

The post holder is expected to provide medical assessment, diagnosis and formulation to the OPCRHT patients. On completion of assessment, to provide and instigate treatment plans for patients receiving home-based treatment, to provide regular review of patients receiving home-based treatment, to provide (or ensure referral to the appropriate service for the provision of) up to date, evidence-based interventions for the pts of the OPCRHT, and to collaborate with GP’s, hospital doctors and primary care clinicians regarding the physical health care of the OPCRHT patients.


Newcastle upon Tyne, often shortened to Newcastle, is one of the most iconic cities in Britain, famous for its industrial heritage, popular nightlife and distinct regional ‘Geordie’ dialect. Newcastle is one of the UK Core Cities, as well as part of the Eurocities network. According to the ONS, Newcastle had a population of 293,000 in 2015. Northumberland is a historic country which is situated directly above Newcastle and includes the towns of Morpeth, Berwick, Whitley Bay and Alnwick. It is also home to the Northumberland National Park, home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air and darkest skies, the stunning Northumberland Coast, with its picturesque coastline known for walking, cycling, water sports and birdwatching opportunities.

This lively city certainly has heaps to offer, ensuring that living in Newcastle will appeal to many different people. Newcastle offers its locals a wide range of outstanding property types, some outstanding activities to indulge in, top schools and some very good shopping spots. Within Newcastle, there are some great towns which offer a combination of busy city and calmer suburban living. Fenham is a large residential area located just 2 miles away from the centre of Newcastle, allowing quick access to city life through strong transport links. Whether you are a walker, biker, bus rider or driver, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the city in under 10 minutes.

Situated in the rain shadow of the North Pennines, Newcastle is amongst the driest cities in the UK. The city can have cool to cold winters, though usually warmer than the rural areas around it, and the winters are often compensated for by warm summers, with very long daylight hours in the summer months, longer than all other major English Cities. Newcastle’s local delicacies include Pease pudding and stottie cake. In 2010, Osborne Road in Jesmond was awarded fourth place in the UK Google Street View awards for the “foodie” category. There has been a noticeable growth in Newcastle’s gourmet restaurant industry in recent years, and the city is one of only seven in the UK with its own Chinatown, appropriately containing many Chinese restaurants.



  • MRCPsych
  • Experience in Old Age Psychiatry
  • Specialist certification in Old Age Psychiatry (desirable)
  • Experience in Old Age Psychiatry
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  • Experience in Old Age Psychiatry
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