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Consultant – Forensic Services

Mersey Care NHS FT

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.
Job overview
This vacancy is for a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist for Ashworth High Secure Hospital (HSS) which is one of the 3 high secure hospitals in the country. This an established permanent post and replaces an existing Consultant Psychiatrist who has moved to a different part of the Trust.

The post holder will be part of a comprehensive MDT with good trainee medical support. They will manage a caseload of 20 +/- 2 male inpatients within the Personality Disorder service and be involved in managing referrals and completing assessments. They will maintain responsibility for the patient throughout his journey through the hospital and will lead the multidisciplinary team

Main duties of the job
The Appointee will act as Responsible Clinician within a multidisciplinary team,  taking part in assessments of new referrals, pre-admission planning, management of inpatients and discharge planning.

 

They will be required to undertake assessments of individuals referred for admission from a variety of sources including Medium secure units, Low Secure Units, general adult or old age mental health services, Courts or Prisons.   Liaison with other agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, police, probation, social care and other mental health services.

 

The Appointee will exercise statutory responsibilities as a Responsible Clinician.

The Appointee will be expected to be approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983 for the purposes of recommending admission to hospital and be an Approved Clinician.

Working for our organisation
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

 

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

 

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Clinical Responsibilities

 

The Appointee will be responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team in the care and treatment of a full caseload 20 +/-2 inpatients. The actual number of inpatients and their location will be subject to agreement between the Appointee and Clinical Director and will be clearly identified in the job plan. The multi-disciplinary team will usually comprise of the consultant, a trainee doctor, clinical psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist and nursing staff. There is also access to a senior pharmacist.

 

Referrals for Admission

 

The Appointee will be expected to visit other hospitals and prisons for the purposes of assessing new referrals and their suitability for admission to high security.

 

Ashworth Hospital receives approximately 70 referrals for admission annually. The appointee will be allocated referrals on an equitable rotational basis.

 

Referrals for admission to the hospital are always assessed by one of the hospital consultants. The authority for admission to a high secure hospital has been devolved to a local admissions panel which is chaired by a senior psychiatrist with a multidisciplinary membership. The Appointee will be expected to liaise with this group regarding his/her recommendations for admission.

 

Transfer or Discharge of Patients

 

The Appointee will be expected to make recommendations on behalf of his/her clinical team regarding the suitability of patients for transfer or discharge from and within the Hospital.

 

Management

 

The Appointee will be expected to participate in the management of the wards where his/her patients are based and attend patient care team meetings and other ward-related meetings as appropriate.

Please see job description for further details
Person specification
Education/Qualification
Essential criteria
• Full GMC registration or eligible for full GMC registration
• Inclusion on the Specialist Register (or within 6 months of obtaining CCST), eligible to be on the Specialist Register in the specialty of forensic psychiatry
• Section 12 MHA Approval/RC/AC, Eligible to apply for approval
• Approved Clinician (AC) status.
Desirable criteria
• Additional higher educational qualifications (MD / PhD) relevant to the post
• MBA, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Certificate (PGCert) in Management
• Teaching qualifications (MSC, PGDip or PGCert)
• MRCPsych or equivalent qualification
Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply. All information regarding your application will come from apps.trac.jobs not NHS Jobs. Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact recruitment on 0151 472 7557 to ensure that measures can be put in place to support you.

We reserve the right to close any vacancy earlier than advertised in exceptional circumstances once we have received a high volume of applications.

The Trust expects all post holders who require an enhanced DBS for their role subscribe to the DBS Update Service. You will be required to enrol for this service for a fee of £13 per year and maintain registration. Trans applicants who require a DBS check and do not want to reveal details of their previous identity can contact the DBS Sensitive Applications Team (01516761452 or email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk) with their application number once they have completed their DBS application form. The team is able to prevent any previous identity showing on the DBS Certificate, unless the applicant has a conviction under their previous details in which case this will need to be disclosed.

We celebrate diversity and promote equal opportunities; we are committed to challenging and eliminating racism and other forms of discrimination and advancing and promoting equality of opportunity in the provision of services and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to be disabled who meet the minimum (essential) criteria for the role in the person specification. If you would like your application to be considered under the Trust’s guaranteed interview scheme you can indicate this in the personal information section of your online application form.

To apply for this job please visit www.jobs.merseycare.nhs.uk.


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