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Job Reference: 222-MED-151

West London NHS Trust
Medical and Dental
West London
£77,913 - £105,042 pa

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Hammersmith & Fulham as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

A number of exciting opportunities have arisen for four highly skilled and motivated consultant psychiatrists 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 are currently recruiting three substantive Consultant Psychiatrists, with one additional post available as an NHS locum post for maternity cover. All job descriptions will have recent Royal College of Psychiatrists approval, and be fully compliant with College guidance on workload, support, appraisal and mentoring. The three substantive posts are as follows;


    • Finch (Female) Ward, Lakeside Hospital, Hounslow.


    • Grosvenor (Female) Ward, Lakeside Hospital, Hounslow.


    • Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, Ealing Hospital, Ealing.




In addition we have one NHS locum post available for a period of maternity cover, which is anticipated to commence on 25th March 2019, for a period of 6-12 months, which is based in;


    • Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith and Fulham.




All are full time posts (7.5 DCC, 2.5 SPA), however applications are welcomed and can be considered on both a full time or part-time basis.


A generous relocation package is available in line with our national contract, and all posts come with an additional range of excellent staff benefits, including subsidised lease car scheme, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme etc.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Fintan Larkin, Clinical Director, Access and Urgent Care Services; and 0208 354 8004




Dr Nicky Goater, Clinical Lead Hammersmith and Fulham;

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

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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