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Consultant in Adult Psychiatry - Inpatients

Job Reference: 376-DMS-246

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Doncaster Care Group
£106,724 to £143,887 inc. of Recruitment Premia

Consultant Psychiatrist – Adult Inpatient Unit

This post has a 30% Recruitment Premia added to the base salary.

We are seeking to appoint to the above post within the Doncaster Care Group. The Trust provides a comprehensive mental health service to Rotherham, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire and is divided into three geographically based Care Groups with an additional Children’s Care Group which covers all three localities.

We are looking for dynamic and flexible candidates with a good understanding of the role of the consultant and the ability to work in an appropriately boundaried way whilst displaying clear clinical leadership and support to the MDT. The Inpatient Unit consists of 2 wards each with 20 beds. There is also a modern and very spacious Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with 5 beds (soon to expand to 6 beds) and a seclusion and de-escalation suite. We have also a developed frailty pathway with the nearby Old Age psychiatry frailty unit, where patients aged under 65 who meet a specific frailty threshold due to physical health co-morbidity are treated within the Old Age psychiatry service as the most appropriate clinical environment. Conversely, appropriately physically fit and healthy over 65 year olds can also be treated on the AMHU subject to the use of the same assessment tool. The Unit is covered by 2 full-time Consultant psychiatrists supported by 4 junior doctors (2 Core trainees, 1 GP trainee and 2 Foundation Trainees), a Nurse Consultant and a lead Clinical Psychologist. We also have a dedicated Occupational Therapy team.

Each ward has a full complement of qualified and non-professionally qualified nursing staff. On each ward the senior nursing team includes a ward manager supported by three band 6 nurses who provide both clinical expertise to the multidisciplinary team along with their managerial responsibilities. We have recently introduced the new role of Nurse Associate to our clinical teams. Each of the open wards is supported by a discharge co-ordinator. The unit is overseen by a service manager/modern matron, who also provides managerial support to the medical consultants. The post holder will be a leading member of the well-established in-patient multidisciplinary teams. The AMHU is a thriving, busy environment, and on a par with the current national picture, we frequently operate at over 85% bed occupancy. Admissions are alternated between the medical consultants. Patients are admitted via the Crisis Resolution team which acts as the gatekeeper for inpatient beds. Another less frequent route of admission is via the health-based place of safety used for section 136 MHA 1983 detentions. Our multi-disciplinary teams work in close positive collaboration with colleagues from other agencies and services both within and outside of the Trust. Inpatient services are supported by a dedicated Patient Flow team.

The sessions of Programmed Activity for this as a full-time post is agreed to include 2.5 sessions of Supporting Programmed Activities (SPAs), enabling the post holders to pursue CPD, management, teaching or research interests. The Trust has generous study leave provisions (of 10 days and £1750 per Consultant Psychiatrist per annum) in addition to a weekly educational programme, internal CPD, RCPsych Peer Groups and Trust training. Assistance with relocation is available in certain circumstances. The on-call rota is 1:21 and has been revised so as to only include inpatient/NHS on-call commitments (and not s12(2) MHA 1983 assessments either in the community or as s136 MHA 1983 assessments). Part time appointees will attract a proportionate share of the above and all posts will be subject to regular job planning review.

Applicants must be on the GMC Specialist Register (Adult Psychiatry) or a trainee within 6 months of completing their CCT. Section 12 (2) approval and Approved Clinician status are also essential to the role.

Comprehensive job descriptions are available on the NHS Jobs Website. For further information and to arrange a visit please contact Dr John Bottomley, Associate Medical Director on 01302 796322 or email:

All posts will be subject to regular job planning review. Part-time or job share applications are welcome.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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