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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/01/2022.

Consultant Psychiatrist in Older People's Mental Health

Job Reference: 348-PSE-518A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Community Mental Health Team - Havant Civic Centre
£82,096 to £110,683 pa

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

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Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

Portsmouth is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with one of the main draws is the city's rich history and strong naval heritage. Though the city and coast is what attracts many people to Portsmouth, there is plenty of countryside around the city. The New Forest and South Downs National Parks are both a short drive away and closer to home you have the Queen Elizabeth National Park just a 20 minute drive from the city. Although there are some pockets of socio-economic deprivation, the area generally has a reasonably good standard of living.

We are seeking positive and motivated staff who are committed to improving the quality of life for older adults who wish to be part of a resilient, welcoming and professional team.

Within the Portsmouth and South East Division, we have three CMHT, Petersfield and Borden, Havant and Waterlooville and Fareham and Gosport. The teams have strong clinical leadership, offering diagnostic assessments and treatment to service users with severe, complex, and high risk psychiatric conditions. The team provide assessment and treatment of people of older adults who are referred providing comprehensive assessments, formulate bio-psychosocial care plans, and offer evidence based treatment and advice.

The OPMH wards are Poppy and Rose Wards based at Gosport War Memorial Hospital; Rose Ward is a 14-bed acute assessment ward for older persons with functional mental health needs. Poppy Ward is a 14-bed acute assessment ward for older persons with an organic mental health needs. All organic wards will accept patients with early onset dementia if their needs are best met on an organic older person’s mental health ward. All wards are mixed gender. In October 2020 we were excited to announce that we had received Government money to undertake some much needed improvement works to Poppy and Rose Wards at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. This work will see the wards transformed from their open, dormitory style layout into individual rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Not only will this drastically improve the therapeutic environment, but it will also ensure the wards meet the latest recommendations for mental health environments. The wards are due to fully reopen in August 2021.

Alongside the improvement works to the OPMH in-patient wards, the Trust set up a pilot project with a dedicated Older Persons Mental Health Intensive Support Team. The aim of IST is to implement a model of OPMH care to support older adults with mental health needs both organic and functional who are experiencing a crisis. The service provides time-limited specialist support, assessment, formulation and intervention for individuals who are experiencing a significant decline in their quality of life as a result of complex mental health needs and/or distressed behaviours that may result in placement/home breakdown and/or hospital admission. Those accessing the service present with a complexity of mental and physical health needs which cannot be safely managed by the person themselves, their family, support provider and/or the Community Mental Health Team. IST works with people for a short and focused period of intensive, regular and emergency support for a mental health crisis, thus reducing unnecessary admissions to in-patient hospital or residential care

OPMH services in Southern Health Trust have a very experienced and passionate workforce. Every member of the team involved in the OPMH Transformation want to improve services for their patients and relatives/carers and are keen for positive change to happen aligned to the NHS Future and Mental Health Implementation plan. OPMH transformation will prioritise creating a clear vision, with input from our key stakeholders and patients will have seamless and consistent pathways to meet their often complex mental and physical health needs



If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit.

Contact: Dr Denzel Mitchell, Consultant Psychiatrist - Medical Director - , Aileen Murray-Gane Consultant Nurse Lead for OPMH services

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a suitable application for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

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Frontline Healthcare workers (who have face-to-face contact with service users) in England will be required to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from 1 April 2022 . To work as a frontline healthcare worker from 1 April 2022 it will be a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated. This requirement will also apply to those in ancillary support roles such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

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*Exemptions include aged under 18, medically exempt, part of a clinical trial for C19 vaccine

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