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Perinatal Psychiatry
Consultant Psychiatrist
Full & Part time sessions
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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
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Petherton Resource Centre
£82,096 - £110,683 per annum pro rata
27/07/2021 23:59

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Consultant Psychiatrist - Perinatal Psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist

The Trust is seeking Consultant Psychiatrists to provide clinical leadership to the Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service within the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Group area.

Funding is available for 1.3 WTE allowing a flexible job share for interested Consultants.

The service delivers a perinatal mental health pathway from pre-conception through to the infant’s first birthday, providing three work-streams: Specialist Advice and Guidance to all health professionals; An adjunct to existing mental health services, for women with pre-existing serious mental illness; and specialist assessment and treatment of new high risk cases.

Although prior knowledge of perinatal mental health is preferred, it is not essential, as perinatal training will be provided. You should demonstrate outstanding leadership, flexibility and be able to work under pressure alongside a passion and commitment to support this client group.

The ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team is essential, as is the willingness to hold a vision in turbulent times while helping the service in its continued evolution.

The AWP BNSSG community perinatal team sits alongside the Banes, Swindon and Wiltshire community perinatal team in addition to the NHS E funded mother and baby unit in Bristol.

The services are also clinically supported by NHS E/I's South West Parent Infant Mental Health Network consisting of 12 perinatal mental health clinically led teams across the region.

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 or Perinatal Psychiatry


Essential criteria
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in a inpatient setting.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of assessing and managing pregnant and postnatal women with mental health problems
  • Experience of interventions to promote the mother-infant relationship

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
  • 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 perinatal psychiatric problems and to deal with crisis situations
  • Understanding of the particular risks relevant to the perinatal context


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
Desirable criteria
  • Specialist knowledge of prescribing considerations in pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Knowledge and understanding of the impact of perinatal mental health disorders on the developing foetus / infant


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
  • Understand principles of teaching.

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.
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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

Paul Rice, Service Manager

Telephone 01275 796314

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