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Hospital Liaison 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
Long Fox Unit
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum
Salary period
24/04/2024 23:59

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Consultant Psychiatrist - North Somerset Hospital Liaison

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Job overview

Are you looking for your next role as a dynamic clinical leader in Acute Hospital Mental Health Liaison?

Are you a Consultant Psychiatrist, or a Higher Specialist Trainee within 6 months of their CCT, who is dedicated and passionate about improving mental health services and addressing the current lack of parity of esteem between mental and physical health? 

The Hospital Liaison Service is based at Weston General Hospital, North Somerset.  It provides a service within the Emergency Department as well as the hospital wards, primarily to support general hospital staff in providing appropriate care to those with mental distress.

This is a small District General Hospital with approximately 220 beds and an Emergency Department open from 8am to 10pm.   The hospital is part of the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

North Somerset is located at the gateway to the South West and offers the best of seaside and country living combined with the benefits of being close to the vibrant cities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter. It has easy travel routes to Devon, Cornwall, South Wales, London and beyond via the M4 and M5, a central train station in Weston-Super-Mare, with frequent services to Bristol, as well as direct services to London; with interconnecting local stations across the area. It is situated close to Bristol Airport.



Main duties of the job

As the consultant in the Mental Health Liaison Service, you will provide medical leadership to a multi-disciplinary team serving Weston General Hospital.

You will provide diagnostic and treatment advice as well as supporting the wider team in complex and high risk case management.  You will have a key clinical leadership role, with service improvement and development, alongside the team manager.   In addition there is a significant teaching and training aspect to this role, for general hospital staff.

North Somerset Locality has a forward-thinking and inclusive medical community, committed to ensuring psychiatrists are at the forefront of service improvement. We are passionate about your development and in supporting you to achieve your career aspirations, with a pledge to provide 2.5 Programmed Activities in the first year, protected time, for Supporting Professional Activities. You will be encouraged and supported to be involved in service leadership and management; as well as any quality improvement activities which you will be encouraged to pursue.  We offer one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages.


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 and/or Old Age psychiatry
  • Endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry


Essential criteria
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in a general hospital 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 Javier Ferreiro-Pisos
Job title
Medical Lead
Email address
[email protected]
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