Consultant Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry, Cofton Ward

Job details
Posting date: 14 November 2019
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £79,860 - £107,668 Per Annum
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 05 January 2020
Location: Dawlish, EX7 0NR
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 369-1217-DS

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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 willing to work with inpatients and prisoners, many of whom have a history of violence and complex mental health needs?

  • Can you use your skills to help define and deliver a package of care that supports some of the most vulnerable people we care for to gain independence and improve their health?

  • 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’re searching for a flexible and committed Consultant Psychiatrist. You will split your time between our medium-secure Cofton Ward with one day a week at HMP Exeter, a Category B remand prison.

We know that working in a secure setting can be challenging but it can also be extremely rewarding. Our staff tell us that what makes their jobs so worthwhile is helping our patients move from very dark and distressing times to really helping them achieve their goals, no matter how small they may be, and guiding them slowly but surely to the next steps in their recovery.

The 15-bedded, all-male Cofton Ward is based at our modern and impressive 111 acre Langdon Hospital site. It offers free parking, a patient-led café, nationally recognised Recovery College and spectacular views across the Dawlish coast and countryside.

At Cofton Ward, you’ll be joining an existing Consultant Psychiatrist to lead the clinical team. Together you will provide expert psychiatric input, designing and coordinating the care of patients, which will be delivered by a committed multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

At HMP Exeter you will assess, diagnose and treat prisoners. You’ll decide whether they can remain in prison, or be transferred to hospital. Using a Stepped Care Model, you’ll make decisions that change lives.

Join us and we’ll give you 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

This role will see you work with people who have complex, challenging and long-term mental health problems. It will be your job to work with them, using 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.

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 a rewarding job within a great team.

Given the challenges you will face, you will be resilient and committed. This experience may have been gained in a forensic setting, but we welcome applications from those with a broad range of psychiatric practice.

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.

Those with enduring issues we are a service that will hear our patients’ distress. We focus on a ‘person-centred’ approach to care involving them in the decisions we take - we call it ‘inspiring hope – together’.

Working independently, you will be an exceptional communicator with everyone you work with – from patients to professionals.

We will ask you to describe how you have delivered outstanding care, improved patient experience and how you have influenced and inspired teams. We will always listen to 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.

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.

Cofton Ward is one of our four inpatient locations at Langdon. The 15-bedded, all-male unit provides secure care and treatment for men with enduring mental health needs. HMP Exeter is a Category B local and resettlement men’s prison.

The overall focus of care within secure services is on supporting people to attain their goals, to achieve a sense of hope, opportunity and control and to move towards independence.

Our offer to you

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:

  • Wide range of leadership development opportunities

  • Flexible working (where possible)

  • 32 days (minimum) annual leave

  • Generous NHS pension scheme

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

  • 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.

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.

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