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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/07/2020.

Consultant in General Psychiatry - Hereford Medical Group PCN

Job Reference: 798-0189

Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services
Medical - Herefordshire
£79,860 to £107,668 pa

As of 1st April 2020 Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services will be transferring to Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. This change will be reflected in any correspondence you receive relating to an offer of employment.

We serve a population of 189,000 spread across 850 square miles of Herefordshire. We offer a wide range of in-patient and community mental health services covering all ages including Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Perinatal, Working Age and Older People Services. In the most recent CQC inspection the organisation retained its overall rating of good amongst which several services were rated as outstanding.

Herefordshire Mental Health & Learning Disability services employ approximately 400 staff currently.

Recent service developments have included perinatal mental health, personality disorder/complex trauma, liaison & diversion services and Individual Placement and Support Services. We are an innovative forward looking organisation keen to work with people in our aim to improve outcomes for people with mental health and learning disabilities of all ages.

Worcestershire Health & Care Trust provides Mental Health and specialist Learning Disability services across the counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire (and community services in Worcestershire). The Trust has been rated overall as ’Good’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time, with some services recently being rated as ‘Outstanding’ (CAMHS & Rehabilitation services). With a number of staff health and wellbeing initiatives and a culture of support and encouragement, the Trust has established itself as an organisation which recognises and celebrates the work of its medical staff.

Herefordshire offers excellent living and working prospects. Nearby are the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Forest of Dean; the Malvern Hills; and the Brecon Beacons National Park; with easy access to the M5 and M50. Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and Cheltenham are all within easy reach of Herefordshire. The area also has the benefit of outstanding schools and a rich cultural life. Surrounding the small city of Hereford there are many attractive villages set in beautiful countryside and five busy historic market towns.

In October 2019 the Herefordshire & Worcestershire STP were successful in securing substantial funding to pilot transformation of generic community services. We are one of only 12 NHSE/I Early Implementer sites nationally; the intention being to completely transform community services and test out new ways to deliver community mental health care to adults; better integrated with, and aligned around, emerging Primary Care Networks. The CCG have agreed recurrent funding beyond the initial 2 year pilot phase. The funding equates to an uplift in staffing of circa 21 WTEs for Herefordshire alone.

These appointments are for 3 x new and novel full-time Consultant Psychiatrist posts (each 10 PAs) working within the newly expanded and transformed working age adult community mental health services in Herefordshire. Each post will be embedded within a multidisciplinary team; each aligned to one of the 5 Primary Care Networks in Herefordshire. All three posts are the same accept for the PCN/geographical population they are aligned to/serving.

The main responsibilities of the post are outlined in the attached Job Description. Please note the Job Description is currently with the Royal College of Psychiatry pending approval. It is essential you meet the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ criteria for appointment to a consultant post. Consideration will also be given to those applicants looking for flexibility with working arrangements. Development of a special interest will also be encouraged.

Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the following to discuss this post:

Dr Barnaby Major, Associate Medical Director Herefordshire on 01432 842223

Marion Davies, Medical Directorate Resourcing Lead on 07553 376538

Closing Date: 2 July 2020 Interviews: 23/24 July 2020


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Applicants should note that all new appointments to theTrust are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, we will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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