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Consultant Psychiatrist - Adult Inpatient Psychiatry South East England

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Job Description

An outstanding mental health Trust in South East England are looking for Consultants in General Adult Psychiatry to work in InPatient Units located in two historical and beautiful small cities. An established NHS Trust providing mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and specialist services across the South East corner of England, with a population of 1.8million. The trust will support with CESR support for IMGs looking to gain GMC Specialist Register.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues from 52 nations, rich in their diversity, talents and experience, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones. This is a great opportunity for overseas Consultants in General Adult Psychiatry who want to establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their consultant career. The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.


The trust provides mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people. The Trust is rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care, and currently has 3,300 staff working across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles. The NHS Trust is commissioned to provide secondary mental health services across their area, both in community and within inpatient settings.

The trust has a team of empathetic leaders inspiring their staff in an environment where everyone is valued and plays a vital role in providing an exemplary service. Across their communities and within inpatient settings, their workforce is enhanced and strengthened by peer support workers, a brigade of therapy support dogs and their wonderful team of volunteers. The Trusts aim is to deliver quality services through working in partnership, creating a dynamic system of care so people receive the right help at the right time in the right setting with the right outcome. 

The NHS Trust values their workforce and offers a range of ongoing benefits - from an active health and wellbeing programme to regular recognition events, and many more!


The wards admit a mixture of Informal and detained patients. Detained patients account for 60% of patients on the wards. Delayed transfer of care patients account for 10% of the wards population. The wards admit adults with various psychiatric disorder and majority suffer with severe enduring mental illness. Patients with personality disorder tend to account for 40% of the wards population and they tend to have the below average length of stay. The post holder is expected to support patient flow team in their effort to facilitate discharges from the ward. The current length of stay (LOS) on our acute ward is 50 days but we are working reducing this to 25 days.


The area is steeped in history and heritage and is renowned as The Garden of England due to its warm and sunny climate - the best in the UK. Its extensive coastline boasts an enviable array of award-winning beaches and thrilling water sports activities. It is a family friendly place, with excellent state and independent schools and more affordable housing than most other areas in the south east. The area has excellent links to London, just thirty-five minutes from central London on Southeastern’s highspeed rail link, and access to the continent via the Eurostar. The Channel Tunnel and the ferry ports link us to France and beyond. 

The Inpatient units are situated in the areas two largest cities. One, a university city, is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including its Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral, with its stunning mixture of and Perpendicular Gothic architecture. The city was a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages and boasts ancient walls, originally built by the Romans, that encircle its medieval centre with cobbled streets lined with boutique shops and timber-framed houses making it one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom. 

The second is a historic town and being the largest in the region is also its capital. It  sits on a picturesque river and is surrounded by beautiful countryside bordering an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty. At the same time it is just 1 hour by train to London and boasts some of the finest schools in the area, along with the best shopping and calendar of events in the county. 


The Trust believes that research and training has always led to better treatments and services to help people experiencing mental ill health. The Trust is a market leader, renowned for their ground-breaking research and the bespoke training programmes that they offer to help other healthcare providers improve the services they offer. The Trust's training programmes provide a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skills and awareness of mental health practitioners in the assessment of clinical risk and the development of recovery focused mental health care.

There are exciting times ahead as a new Medical School recently opened, a collaboration between two leading and old universities with the trust one of the NHS partners, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals. The NHS Trust is also at the forefront of partnership working - an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership - looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

Indulge your research passion with the Trust's enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

Experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultant IMGs who are ambitious to complete CESR and work towards becoming a Specialist Registration will also be supported in this role. 


EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialist in General Adult Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych
  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Within 12 months of completing CCT (including CESR)
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