Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Psychiatry

Exeter, Devon
£75,249 - £101,451 Per Annum Pro Rata
04 May 2018
27 May 2018
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About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health and learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist and secure services for the wider south west region and nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery.

Our values

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we not only recruit employees based on their qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who possess (and are able to demonstrate) the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation.

These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity and compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves and others, and being open to new ideas.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, maternity/pregnancy, marriage/civil partnership or sexual orientation status. All part time, job share and flexible working applications will be considered and supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health issues.

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we want to attract and retain talented people and create a great place to work with a shared sense of pride and ambition. Our vision is to have an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and wellbeing is universally understood and valued. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do and we are one of the pioneers in driving forward the recovery agenda.

The Role

The post described is within the Exeter East and Mid Devon Local Delivery Unit (LDU) of the Adult Clinical Directorate (see organizational structure below). It is a replacement post for a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist for patients age 16-65 years old (16-18 out of fulltime education) serving an urban community in Exeter.

The post holder will be currently based at Wonford House Hospital in Exeter, where they will have a dedicated private office with PC/laptop accessibility. IT support is available. A whole time equivalent dedicated medical secretary will be provided.

Salary: £75,249 - £101,451 per Annum Pro Rata

Full-time or part time applications are welcomed from Consultants. Salary and relocation packages are negotiable and CEA’s will be honored.

About you

Whether you are newly qualified or an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist we would like to hear from you. You’ll be joining an organisation that is passionate about mental health and progressive and innovative in its thinking. Shape the career you want and we’ll support you all the way to help you achieve your ambition.

The location

Wonford House, Dryden Road, Exeter, EX2 5AF.

About us

Mental Health and Assessment Team (MHAT)

This team works closely with primary care services and other agencies within the locality and consists of 1 X WTE Band 7 Clinical Team leader and 5 X WTE Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioners and 2.5 Band 3 admin staff.

This team is responsible for triaging referrals to our locality; sign posting patients to adequate services, undertaking assessments and determining care pathway within our Secondary Mental Health Service. The post holder when appropriate will contribute to the triage, signposting and assessment of complex patients. In addition the post holder is expected to provide consultation for patients seen by not medically qualified clinicians. There are approximately 1-4 new consultant psychiatrist assessments a week.

The MHAT team also provides advice and education to primary care, social services and third sector organizations. From June 2014 to end of June 2015 the team received 1270 referrals with the majority of the assessments undertaken by Senior Mental Health Practitioners (SMHPs).

Community Mental Health Team - Culm

There are three community mental health teams covering Exeter that manage patients referred by the MHAT team and other teams within our Secondary Mental Health Services. These team focus in the management of psychopathologies which require time-limited or long-term management and or specialist input under the Care Program Approach (CPA).

Each community team has a dedicated consultant and also consists of a full time Band 7 Clinical Team Manager and a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals from a social work, occupational health and nursing background.

Both teams have access to specialist psychological therapy at STEP 4 provided by the Psychology and Psychological therapy Team. There is also access to STEP 3 psychological intervention.

The post holder will provide medical advice regarding the on-going management of these patients. All patients taken on for treatment by the team are managed under the Care Programme Approach (CPA). CPA requires that there is a care plan supported by a care coordinator and that there is a review date and a contingency plan. To support the role of the team the national guidance (DoH 2005, GMC 2005) on new ways of working for psychiatrists and their teams has been adopted. The role and responsibility of the consultant psychiatrists in multidisciplinary teams has been agreed by the Trust board and is outlined above.

The MHAT and CMHT teams serve the GP surgeries below. The post holder is aligned to four of the practices, below designated with a totalling combined population of 39,651. The post holder is expected to form a pro-active, close working relationship with their primary care colleagues and ensure frequent and regular visits to such surgeries for the purpose of good collaborative working for the benefit of the patients and carers.

Our offer to you

Devon Partnership Trust supports and encourages consultants in their career development with good opportunity for CPD.

Living here

Exeter is a thriving city with fine dining restaurants, excellent schools and flourishing art scene. Alongside a dynamic city lifestyle, as the third largest county in England, it’s no wonder Devon can also offer people the space to contemplate, to relax and reinvigorate yourself. The beauty and quality of our landscapes are unsurpassed with over 1/3 of the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are over 450 miles of coastline along 2 stunning and distinctive coasts, the rugged wildernesses of 2 National Parks, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, England’s first natural World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast, 5,000km of public rights of way and over 250km of off-road cycle paths. Our natural outdoor playground offers you the chance for a fantastic work-life balance.

The hours

10 Programme activities per week

Great place to work. Great place to live.

If you are interested in helping to shape a better future in mental health please contact Dr Helen Smith, Medical Director.

Dr Helen Smith - 01392 208867

Please contact 01392 208 505 and ask to speak to Louise Bedford email

To apply for this post, please click the APPLY button.

Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018

Interview date: Tuesday 26th June 2018

Application supporting information

Prior to paper shortlisting, you will be asked four simple values based recruitment questions. Your responses will determine we are happy to progress with your application.

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted by email with interview details. Therefore, it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Devon Partnership NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed. We will not seek references until you have been made a conditional offer.

Please note by applying for posts that require a professional registration, you are also consenting to this being checked prior to interview. Preference will be given to staff at risk in priority order.

Please note

This advert will be withdrawn when a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you have part completed an application, we will contact you to advise you of this.

As a new member of staff to Devon Partnership NHS Trust you will be required to attend a full induction programme at the beginning of your employment. The content and length of this programme will depend on your new job role and where you will be working. This can be between one day for non-clinical staff and up to 10 days for inpatient clinical staff.

Thank you for applying.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.