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General Adult Psychiatry
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Employer type
Kingswood Civic Centre
£96,333 - £126,281 per annum
Salary period
24/04/2024 23:59

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Consultant Psychiatrist - South Glos IST

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Job overview

We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist to provide medical leadership to the South Gloucestershire Intensive Support Team (IST) based at Kingswood Civic Centre, Bristol. 

The team operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week and consists of mental health workers with a broad range of skills and experience,  working closely with service users who experience a severe mental health crisis. The aim of the team is to work closely and effectively with service users and families to formulate the causes of the difficulties, and to find the best ways for the service user to recover and stay well. 

The team  provide care and support at home and after discharge from hospital.  They facilitate early discharge (FED) and provide gatekeeping to the inpatient wards.

This role is an opportunity to become part of  an Intensive team in  a well established locality based Mental health services.  There are further exciting changes being implemented at Primary care under Community Mental Health Framework. 

Main duties of the job

As the post holder you will work as part of, and provide medical advice to the Multi-Disciplinary Team.  You will have medical responsibility for service users, with the support of a full time Specialty Doctor and a core trainee, where one is allocated.

You will  undertake assessments, participate in formulations, review management plans; including medical prescribing, contribute to risk assessments, implement home treatment and liaise with other teams in the locality and elsewhere.

You will promote patient centred reflective practice,  supervise junior medical staff,  hold a high visibility by attending Team MDTs and also attending SUIs , working with the inpatient teams for FEDs.

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust), a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care. 

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community.  We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g MD,PHD,Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months of gaining CCT
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
Desirable criteria
  • CCT in General Adult Psychiatry


Essential criteria
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in a community setting.
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Ability to appraise own performance as a Consultant.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills

Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to assess and treat psychiatric problems in Adults of working age and to deal with crisis situations.


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of alternatives to inpatient admission care approaches


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience as an Educational Supervisor for trainees

Research and Audit

Essential criteria
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.
Desirable criteria
  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Avneet Sharma
Job title
South Glos. Medical Lead
Email address
[email protected]
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