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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/01/2021.

Consultant Psychiatrist - Low Secure Mental Health Essex

Job Reference: L28-STAH22883

St Andrew’s Healthcare
Basildon, North Benfleet
Competitive (dependent on experience)

Consultant Psychiatrist – Low Secure Mental Health or Forensic Services

Suitable for experience Consultant or Newly Qualified (soon to complete CCT)

Full Time 37.5 hours a week (part time or full time will be considered)

Location: Essex / North Benfleet

Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare

A top 20 UK charity, St Andrew’s is a unique provider of specialist care in mental health and learning disability. We aspire to deliver truly world class, holistic services within our outstanding, modern facilities. Our independence means we can always put patients’ interests at the heart of decision making, while re-investing surpluses in frontline services.

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day

The role

The Essex site provides services for PICU, Mental Illness and Personality Disorders and offers a gender specific treatment programme for women and male patients who require specialist forensic input so we are looking for someone who has an interest in PICU, Low Secure Mental Illness, Personality Disorder or Forensic patients as there is some flexibility within the current team. The site consists of 6 wards comprising of 79 beds, spread across the following wards: 2 Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (one male and one female), and 4 wards for the management of personality disorders and mental illness. You will join 3 Consultant Psychiatrists already at the site and there are 3 full time Speciality Doctors on site too. Each ward has a full multidisciplinary team on each ward, including a senior speciality doctor contributing to an individualised treatment package for the patients.

The service offers an excellent opportunity to deliver value-based healthcare focusing on clinical outcomes. The service is focusing on using clinically relevant outcomes that will support the recovery and progress of patients to less restrictive environments in line with improvements in their mental health and reductions in their risk.

The successful candidate will lead a full MDT and help shape services further through strategic decision-making and improvement projects. The site structure means that there is flexibility within the service to make decisions locally that will impact on how care is delivered. You will also be able to undertake research projects as part of St Andrew's commitment to innovation and world-class care, if this is an area of interest. There is also the opportunity to undertake additional work via the St Andrew’s Consultancy service which provides medicolegal reports, and you will be supported by the service in this – this work is remunerated separately.

The number of patients under your care will be dependent on the number of sessions of employment. There is some flexibility around whether this is a full-time or part-time post (dependent on the preference of the successful candidate, and in consultation with the current Consultants already in post). And the post includes a non-resident on-call commitment (part of a two tier rota, with a specialty doctor based locally).

Applicants must have MRCPsych or equivalent and hold a CCT in Forensic Psychiatry or Adult Psychiatry.



St Andrews has a proud history of supporting newly qualified Psychiatrists completing their CCT to make that transition into their first Consultant level role a successful one. This will be done through support, development and one to one mentoring from over 30 specialist Consultant Psychiatrists and Clinical Directors who are based on the Northampton site. As well as this you will have support from some very talented Speciality Doctors who are dedicated to your wards and service too.

We are extremely proud to empower the careers of our medical professionals, and our Executive Medical Director and all of our Clinical Directors have grown and developed into their current roles within the Charity

We also support a number of our Consultant Psychiatrists through an Executive MBA programme at some of the most prestigious business schools in the country. There are opportunities to attend our regular internal CPD events and for you to develop a medico-legal out-patient practice as part of the St Andrew's Consultancy Service.

The post attracts a competitive salary (with the option of additional remuneration for work undertaken via the St Andrew’s Consultancy service), 41 days of annual leave (including bank holidays) pro rata, a travel allowance and a contributory pension scheme (with additional employer contribution and included life insurance).


If this sounds like you then we’d love you to apply here. If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact James Farrelly, Recruitment Consultant on01604616624.


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.

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