An opportunity has arisen for a skilled and motivated consultant psychiatrist to join a trust leading the way in transforming its services to better meet the needs of patients.
West London NHS Trust (WLT) provides one of the most diverse ranges of mental health and community services in the UK. We provide care and treatment for around 99,000 people each year, employ around 3,300 staff and serve a local population of over 800,000 people.
We offer care, treatment and support for a range of psychiatric disorders, with specialist services including dementia care, children's services, liaison services, forensic services from community through to maximum security, and general adult services from acute to rehabilitation. We also provide services to improve physical health and to prevent unnecessary stays in hospital. West London NHS Trust have an overall CQC rating of ‘Good’, and are committed to achieving an ‘Outstanding’ rating.
WLMHT’s Access and Urgent Care Services are at the forefront of work to transform the delivery of acute mental health services.
We opened a Single Point of Access telephone number for patients, carers and professional referrers that processes more than 12,000 referrals per year.
In response to patient feedback requesting more community based treatment options, we launched Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams in each borough, and have been successful in safely reducing the number of acute admissions across our three boroughs. We have also increased the number of Consultant Psychiatrists and middle Grade Psychiatrists per acute bed, to ensure any admissions are short, safe, and focussed on a swift return to the care of our community services.
Quality Improvement projects are encouraged and supported, and it is recognised that room to innovate will occasionally need room to fail.
We are passionate about treating the mental and physical healthcare needs of our patients and are one of only a handful of UK trusts to have employed a Nurse Consultant in Physical Healthcare, a role which is additionally supported by Physical Healthcare Nurses, and three Matrons.
We have introduced a number of measures to reduce aggression in our acute inpatient settings, resulting in sustained reductions in aggressive incidents since early 2016 and a reduction in our use of restrictive practices, including reductions in episodes of restraint, prone restraint, and rapid tranquilisation, by at least 50% from April 2016 to March 2017. We are progressing further work in this area, including focussed work in our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), which has seen a marked reduction in violent incidents (of over 70% in the last quarter).
We are committed to providing the safest, most clinically effective, acute mental health service that we can for our patients. Recruiting and supporting capable, enthusiastic, clinicians is central to that.
We care passionately about investing in our staff and developing your skills during your time with us. We have a comprehensive range of development opportunities including a ground-breaking NHS Improvement sponsored initiatives, opportunities to work with our successful research division, and the opportunity to work with a high quality intake of trainees. Recently qualified consultants will be offered additional support, including formal mentoring.
Our Access and Urgent Care Consultant Psychiatrist posts are popular, with high long term retention rates and low levels of turnover. All consultant posts are Royal College compliant. Almost all of our teams are supported by middle grade doctors, where retention rates are also high. All our middle grade posts comply with the BMA Workplace Charter for SAS doctors, and are supported with excellent professional development opportunities. We attract bright motivated trainee psychiatrists, and expect our consultants to provide them with the very best of training environments, support, and opportunities, in order to ensure this tradition continues.
Our consultant psychiatrists are leaders not only of their immediate team, but of the shape and direction of our current and future services. There are no significant changes to any of our services without consultation, involvement, and joint decision making with our team of Consultant Psychiatrists.
We will soon be recruiting three new substantive Consultant Psychiatrists, however this current advert is for a fixed term NHS locum post for maternity cover. The job description has recent Royal College of Psychiatrists approval, and is fully compliant with College guidance on workload, support, appraisal and mentoring. This NHS locum post is available for a period of maternity cover, which is anticipated to commence as soon as possible, for a period of 6-12 months, and is based in;
- Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith and Fulham.
This is a full time post (7.5 DCC, 2.5 SPA), however applications are welcomed and can be considered on both a full time or part-time basis.
The post comes with a generous relocation package in line with our national contract, and an additional range of excellent staff benefits, including subsidised lease car scheme, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme etc.
For further information please contact:
Dr Nicky Goater, Clinical Lead Hammersmith and Fulham; Nicky.Goater@westlondon.nhs.uk and 020 7386 1146
Dr Fintan Larkin, Clinical Director, Access and Urgent Care Services; Fin.Larkin@westlondon.nhs.uk and 0208 354 8004
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