Overview

Consultant in Adult Psychiatry – Inpatients 

We are seeking to appoint to the above post within the Rotherham Care Group. The Trust provides comprehensive mental health services 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 18 beds, with one bed on each ward being reserved for patients under the local substance misuse service.  There is also a modern and very spacious PICU with 5 beds. The Unit is covered by 2 full-time Consultant psychiatrists as well as a part time PICU Consultant. They are supported by 4 junior doctors (comprising of 2 F1’s, 1 F2 and 1 Core Trainee. On each ward there are 26 other staff which include 9 Nurses, 10 Nursing Assistants, 2 Occupational Therapists (OT), 1 OT Assistant, a Ward Manager and a Deputy Ward Manger.  The post holder will be a leading member of the well-established in-patient multidisciplinary team. On average, there are 20 admissions and discharges per month. The average length of stay on the ward is 4 weeks. The patients are admitted through the Crisis Team which acts as the gatekeeper for inpatient beds. Another route of admission is through Section 136 assessments to which the Crisis Team routinely provide input with the view to offering alternative support to the patients other than admission, if deemed appropriate. 

This full time post includes 2.5 sessions of Supporting Programmed Activities (SPAs), enabling the post holder to pursue CPD, service development, management, teaching or research interests. The Care Group has a weekly academic teaching programme. There is a generous study leave allowance, a Mentoring scheme and there are Leadership and Development opportunities, including the opportunity to become an appraiser. Assistance with relocation is available in certain circumstances. 

The on-call rota is 1:16. (part-time posts will attract a proportionate share). The on-call rota has recently been revised so that the consultant is no longer obliged to take on Section 12(2) work (MHA 1983 assessments either in the community or as s136 MHA 1983 assessments); this has significantly reduced the on-call workload. Predominantly on-call work will consist of offering telephone advice to junior colleagues when required and conducting seclusion reviews when these arise out of hours. The on call attracts an additional 3% remuneration. 

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

A comprehensive job description is available on the NHS Jobs Website. For further information and to arrange a visit please contact Dr Diarmid Sinclair, Associate Medical Director, Rotherham Care Group (Tel: 01709 447295 or Email: [email protected]).