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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/05/2019.

Consultant Psychiatrist, Old Age Psychiatry, Bristol

Job Reference: 369-1159-DS

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Brookland Hall
£77,913 - £105,042 Per Annum Pro Rata

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health and learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist and secure services for the wider south west region and nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery.

Our values

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we not only recruit employees based on their qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who possess (and are able to demonstrate) the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation.

These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity and compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves and others, and being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and applications are encouraged and welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time, job share and flexible working applications will be considered and supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health and learning disabilities.

We are a Disability Confident Employer. Applicants who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria in the job description will be invited to interview.

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we want to attract and retain talented people and create a great place to work with a shared sense of pride and ambition. Our vision is to have an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and wellbeing is universally understood and valued. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do and we are one of the pioneers in driving forward the recovery agenda.

Shortlisted for Best Employer by Nursing Times 2018

Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service

Salary: £77,913 - £105,042 + Relocation Package + Recruitment Premium

Welcome to Devon Partnership NHS Trust!  We would like to invite you to apply for a post as Consultant psychiatrist working in the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service providing dementia care to Bristol residents from diagnosis to end of life.  This post offers the opportunity to work in one of the most challenging and innovative areas of psychiatric medicine, and the Dementia Wellbeing Service is an exciting and proactive dementia service.

The service is a novel one, providing an integrated dementia wellbeing service with collaboration between the NHS (Devon partnership NHS Trust) and the Alzheimer’s Society.  Our approach is pro-active in trying to address factors that influence this long term condition.  We actively involve people who use our services and the wider Bristol community in ongoing service development. The aim is to have everybody in Bristol with a dementia known to the service and to ensure that everyone in Bristol with dementia receives the best possible support and care when and where they need it throughout the course of their condition.  We do not discharge from our service, unless requested by the service user.

This is a new post developed in response to changes in service structure and this post complements the existing structure and function of this well established service, whilst offering significant opportunities in service development and clinical leadership.  The post holder would provide clinical leadership to the service as a whole, but specifically to the care home liaison and enhanced support teams as well as providing input to complex diagnostic assessments.

The post is for community work only and has no on call commitment.  As part of the medical role, outside of the sessions given day to day to service commitment, the post holder will be offered the option to work across an area of interest relating to dementia.  This will be developed as part of the job planning process and can cover a range of options such as academia, research and development, cross organisational development, options to educate and teach both internally and out in the community and opportunities to develop bids and business cases to expand and develop services. Programmed Activities are negotiable for research, teaching, medical management and other special interests.

Please click the Our Team link on the right for more information about this service.

Patient safety and Quality Improvement are key aspects of the role, and training will be provided if required.    Training future psychiatrists is also an important part of the role with the potential to develop this further within the service.  At present core trainees spend time with the service as part of their CT1 year, and medical students are also attached to the service at intervals.

This post is suitable as a first NHS consultant post or for an existing or post-retirement consultant with a broad level of old age psychiatry expertise.  International candidates are welcome to apply.  Experience of working in older adult mental health services is preferable but support will be given to doctors wishing to move from other psychiatric specialties or roles. 

Approved clinician status at appointment is preferable but those who would be eligible e.g. doctors applying from abroad, will be supported to obtain this authority.

A mentor and peer group can be provided.  You will have 2.5 Supporting Programmed Activities (10 hours a week) to support your professional development, attend your monthly peer group, quarterly medical advisory committee and local postgraduate meetings.

If you are interested in working with us or want additional information, we are keen to speak to or meet you informally.  We are very happy to arrange a visit for you to meet key people in the clinical team and Trust.  Please do not hesitate to contact the medical staffing team on 01392 208506.


Why Devon Partnership Trust?

We are an expanding organisation providing a full range of mental health and learning disability services for a population of over a million people, as well as a range of specialist and secure services for the wider region and nationally.

We have a very strong, active and broad medical leadership with three practising medics on the Trust Board and seven medical Clinical Directors leading the delivery of our services.  We have several national medical leaders working in key roles in NHS England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

We are rated as Good by the CQC, have been in financial balance for the last 10 years with a rapidly growing budget and have good national and local service performance.

Lively and dynamic, cosmopolitan and ambitious, Bristol is truly a 21st-century city, combining a rich maritime heritage, state-of-the-art attractions, world-class events, a wonderful new shopping quarter and a richly deserved status as the 'UK’s Green Capital’.  It is also the UKs first cycling city.  There are many desirable areas to live, a highly rated education system and a huge choice of bars, restaurants and shops.  Bristol has strong transport links being close to the M4 and M5 motorways, two railways stations and an international airport as well as several park and ride and metro bus schemes. 

Although geographically distant from Devon, the Trust is exceptionally supportive of our service, and we are able to access the full range of services and support available to Trust employees.


Application supporting information

As part of the application process, you may be asked four simple values based recruitment questions. Your responses will determine we are happy to progress with your application.

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted by email with interview details. Therefore, it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Devon Partnership NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed. We will not seek references until you have been made a conditional offer.

Please note by applying for posts that require a professional registration, you are also consenting to this being checked prior to interview. Preference will be given to staff at risk in priority order.

Please note

This advert will be withdrawn when a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you have part completed an application, we will contact you to advise you of this.

As a new member of staff to Devon Partnership NHS Trust you will be required to attend a full induction programme at the beginning of your employment. The content and length of this programme will depend on your new job role and where you will be working. This can be between one day for non-clinical staff and up to 10 days for inpatient clinical staff.

Thank you for applying.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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