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General Adult Psychiatrist

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We are seeking General Adult Psychiatrists to join one of the top performing NHS Mental Health Trusts in the UK. This is a great opportunity for experience General Adult Psychiatrists 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. This is a very exciting time to be join the trust following a recent achievement of outstanding with their CQC rating and being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold an outstanding rating.

WHAT IS THE NHS TRUST LIKE? 
Over the years the quality of the mental health services and the achievements of the staff have been recognised nationally including the “Mental Health Trust of The Year Award” for 2020 at the Health Service Journal Awards.

In a recent NHS Staff Survey the trust achieved the best score for safety culture amongst mental health and learning disabilities trusts throughout the country. The staff have also said that they would recommend the trust as a place to work and as a place for their friends and family to receive care. They are driven by our values. If you believe in Respect, Kindness and a Positive outlook then you'll be right at home.

WHAT IS THE GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE?
The post is based with the Community Mental Health Service. This involves providing clinical leadership, offering diagnostic assessments and treatment to service users with severe, complex, and high risk psychiatric conditions.
Adult Community Mental Health Teams operate from two clinical team bases. Both teams provide a range of community based services, including outpatient clinics based on recovery care pathways. The teams provide assessment and treatment to people with complex or severe mental health conditions in HONOS clusters of care 5-17. This includes service users formerly supported by the Assertive Outreach Team and the Community Personality Disorder Services, and those with a diagnosis of ADHD. The Wellbeing team provides assessment and psychological treatment to people with common mental health conditions in HONOS clusters of care 1-4. The wellbeing team is based in Primary Care and requires psychiatric input from the post holder according to the catchment area of the GP practice.

Adult community teams currently support approximately 1500 patients, approximately 400 of whom are subject to CPA. The service receives approximately 16 referrals every week. The post-holder carries in the caseload 4 patients on CTO and 2 on conditional discharge currently. The overall caseload for the post is about 330 service users as a responsible clinician considering clients with a care coordinator; patients under the care of trainees or the specialty doctor and under his/her direct care. The service users followed up in the outpatient clinic are on standard level of care. They attend a weekly multidisciplinary meeting where they can communicate about clinical and administrative matters.

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment and treatment of people of working age from his/her catchment area who are referred or otherwise present to secondary care mental health services. Initial triage by the Single Point of Access (SPA) determines whether the service user meets the criteria for a secondary care assessment.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?
Whether you want to live in London and commute, live in the country or small towns, working in this trust has something to offer. The Trust covers a mixed rural and urban area, including large and smaller towns. The area has excellent connections to London and the rest of the country. A large number of psychiatrists working in the trust choose to commute from London, some locations can be reached from London in 17 – 30 minutes depending on the locality. By car from several parts of North London the commute is under 30 mins.

The trust is a situated in beautiful county with picturesque, rural villages and a number of lovely, vibrant towns and garden cities. Ranked in 2016, by uSwitch Better Family Life Index, as the best place to raise a family, The region scored highly on top exam results, good pay prospects, high employment rates, fast broadband and better weather than other towns in the Index! It is also well known for its excellent schools, stunning countryside and fantastic local facilities which provide plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy yourself away from work.

There are three major roads going North-South (the M1, the A1 and the A10). In addition the M25 passes through. Train services are also excellent with the journey time to London from some towns is less than 20 - 30 minutes. Education is of a high standard. Currently more than 160,000 children are educated in the county’s network of 566 schools made up of 17 nursery schools, 426 primary schools, 9 middle schools, 78 secondary schools, 27 Special Schools and 8 Education Support Centres. Exam results and SATs continue to be above the national average and the ration of pupils to teachers is among the best in the shire counties. There is also a wide range of public/private schools to choose from.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?
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.

In addition to the generous pension and annual leave that comes with NHS employment, the trust offers additional benefits to our staff including a salary sacrifice scheme enabling staff to drive a brand new car or purchase a new bike as well as an HMRC scheme enabling savings on registered childcare costs.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates: 

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialisation in Psychiatry 
Non-EEA Candidates: 
  • MRCPsych
  • Consultant experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
UK based applicants 
  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT

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