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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/01/2020.

Consultant Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry, Avon House (Low Secure)

Job Reference: 369-1216-DS

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Avon House
£79,860 - £107,668 Per Annum

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

The role

Relocation package up to £8K

Refer a friend scheme applies – both earn up to £500 – for existing staff

  • Are you a flexible, dynamic and committed forensic psychiatrist who wants to work in one of the UK’s most progressive and exciting mental health and learning disability trusts?

  • Can you lead a clinical team, inspiring them to deliver exceptional quality care that changes people’s lives?

  • Have you ever wanted to live and work in one of the UK’s most beautiful areas?

Our Secure Services are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC – a position we’re determined to maintain. To help us continue to improve we’re restructuring and refocusing our medical team and have three exciting new posts on offer. For this post we are searching for an exceptional Consultant Psychiatrist to provide mental health care at Avon House, our low-secure unit located within our incredible Langdon Hospital site.

Our 111 acre site offers free parking, a patient-led café, nationally recognised Recovery College and spectacular views across the Dawlish coast and countryside. Just walking in our grounds at lunchtimes or in breaks can help you recharge and set you up for the rest of your shift.

You’ll be joining an established team of 13 Consultant Psychiatrists across the Directorate for on call, cross cover arrangements and continuing professional development.

You will provide outstanding leadership to a clinical team, designing and coordinating the care of patients from a committed multi-disciplinary team (MDT). The work is challenging, but is also highly rewarding.

Choose a career with us and you will have significant opportunities for development – including rotations through the service every 2-3 years. Alongside a generous relocation allowance, an attractive benefits package and a rewarding working environment, we are prepared to discuss flexible local working arrangements, including the potential to work a full-time week over four days for the right candidate.

About you

You will be passionate about making a difference to people’s lives, a commitment you will have exemplified throughout your career. While you will have experience in a forensic setting, we welcome applications from those with a broad range of psychiatric practice.

Whether you are newly qualified, experienced or recently retired and looking for a great quality of life, there is a place for you here in our Directorate, in a rewarding job within a great team.

Holding Approved Clinician status and all relevant professional qualifications, we expect you to demonstrate a strong history of continuing professional development and an enthusiasm for teaching.

Dealing with a challenging caseload and with patients with complex needs, you will use your skills and experience to develop packages of treatment that focus on recovery, where possible helping the people we care for to regain some independence.

We are a service that will hear our patients’ distress. We will listen and make sense about what has happened to them. We will help them find their voice and rebuild their lives. We will help them find a home in the community with relationships and a job. Your role in this journey is so important, not only for our patients but also for their families and carers. You will help some of the most excluded in society return to their communities and play a major role in transforming our patients’ lives.

Our approach to ‘person-centred’ care inspires us. You will work closely with the people you care for, involving them where possible in the decisions that affect them. We call it ‘inspiring hope – together’.

We expect you to be able to demonstrate specific examples of how you have delivered outstanding care, improved patient experience and how you have influenced and inspired teams. We welcome your ideas on how we can improve the services we provide.

All our consultants have 2.5 Programmed Activities for Supporting Professional Activities and we encourage you to participate in leading the trust through service development and Quality Improvement.

You will be an exceptional communicator who will enjoy interacting and working effectively with people who use our services, their families and cares, staff and stakeholders from all backgrounds.


We expect our senior members of staff to lead by example. Working independently, you will make decisions that change people’s lives.


About us

Our Secure Services are recognised as being some of the best in the country. We aim to provide a positive environment, providing a safe place for recovery,in which to deliver high quality care, therapy and recreation.

Avon is one of our four inpatient locations at Langdon. It is a 14 bed low secureunit that provides care and treatment for men with enduring mental health needs. It has a secure entrance and a room for visitors, as well as a secure, fenced garden with a multi-use games area where patients can play, for example, football, tennis, basketball.

Our offer to you

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:

  • Range of leadership development opportunities

  • Commitment to flexible working where we can

  • 32 days (minimum) annual leave

  • Refer a friend scheme and both earn £500

  • Research opportunities

  • Generous NHS pension scheme

  • Access to free recovery and wellbeing courses from our Recovery College

  • Salary sacrifice cyclesheme

  • 24/7 Employee assistance programme


Living here

Living in Devon offers you a fantastic lifestyle and a beautiful place to live and work – even your commute to work can lead you alongside the coast or over the moors. Throughout the county there are exceptional schools, and you’ll never be short of activities to fill your evenings and weekends – from cycling, walking and water sports to city shopping trips, theatre trips, bustling nightlife and great restaurants.

If you’re looking for an innovative and rewarding place to work, plus a beautiful place to live, then joining Devon Partnership NHS Trust is the right place for you.

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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