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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 31/01/2020.

Psychiatry Locum Specialty Doctor

Job Reference: 222-MED-200

West London NHS Trust
Hounslow Liaison Psychiatry Service
Hounslow Liaison Psychiatry Service, Hounslow
£40,037 - £74,661 pa plus

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 Ealing 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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a full time Locum Specialty Doctor to join our expanding Liaison Psychiatry Services at West London Mental Health Trust. The Duration of the post is for 12 months. The position is based in Hounslow covering West Middlesex University Hospital.


We were previously accredited as excellent by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and currently at the final stage of re-accreditation. Patients commented that they found our services:

“Very helpful, informative and left me feeling much more positive about everything”
“Very professional, non-judgmental and flexible”

We have been successful in our bid for Pump Prime money to uplift our teams to a 24/7 liaison service. We were successful again in the second round of NHS-E transformation funding bid for the team to reach Core 24 requirement and having extra AMHP resources on site. We are now in the exciting position of being able to expand our workforce to meet the requirements of our extended services.

West London NHS Trust Liaison Psychiatry Services are innovative services providing prompt specialist assessment and management of people in the acute hospital who are experiencing co-existing physical and mental health difficulties. Our move to a core 24 service will ensure patients have access to expert Liaison Psychiatry assessment 24/7.

The teams each have a mix of Consultant Liaison Psychiatrists, Band 6 & 7 Liaison Psychiatry Nurse Specialists, as well as team Administrators. The teams have office space within the acute hospitals site they are serving. Excellent working relationships have already been developed with both acute Trust clinicians and managers.

We are looking for applications from highly skilled, motivated, enthusiastic psychiatry Specialty Grade Doctor who have at least TWO years of experience in general adult psychiatry and is Section 12 approved. Experience in Liaison Psychiatry is not a pre-requisite but more an attitude that will fit in with the flexible and helpful approach required in this growing service area. You must be committed to promoting patient focused care and treatment.

The post is to cover vacancies arising recruitment challenge in the local training scheme for higher trainee.

As a member of the team you will be expected to provide full assessment of patient’s mental health needs and a broad range of psychosocial treatments / interventions for patients who are referred from a variety of sources within the hospitals, including A&E. Patients seen may present with emotional problems, self-harm, or in psychiatric crisis. You will also be expected to work with patients presenting with psychosomatic disorders, as well as a variety of psychological issues related to physical disorders.

The role has some leadership opportunities and the successful candidates would be expected to work in close alliance with the other consultant in the team and the team manager to provide the team with a unified leadership model. You will be supported by the consultant psychiatrist and team manager of the service. There is ample peer support available across the service.

Our Acute Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group encourage innovation and collaboration allowing scope for service development, particularly in the care of patients with long term conditions.

The Trust recognises how important it is to achieve a balanced working life and offers an extensive benefits package to staff including cycle2work and car benefit schemes. The Service Line is in the process of rolling out a staff wellbeing package utilising a compassion focused approach and LPS staff will be active participants in this programme.

The Trust and the Service Line are also committed to and have proven track record for delivering high quality training and coaching to support staff in their development of the role of senior medical staff.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the services following shortlisting.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Vincent Law, Clinical Lead for Liaison Psychiatry for an informal discussion on 07580973856 or .

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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