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  • Part time
  • Flexible working
5 sessions per week
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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
St Georges Park
£88,364 - £119,133 pro rata for part time
Salary period
29/09/2022 23:59

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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust logo

Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age Psychiatry


Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £500million and 8,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

To be a leader in the delivery of high quality care and a champion for those we serve.

CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

Job overview

This is a substantive 5PA Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist post where you will provide senior medical input into the Northumberland Memory Service covering South Central Northumberland.  The post will be based at St Georges Park,  with some outpatient work at Ashmore House, Ashington and some community visits in South East Northumberland.  You will join a team of Consultants and 1 specialty doctor who provide sessional input into the service across the county. You will work closely with the NMS team which is made up of experienced and enthusiastic CPN’s and Community practitioners as well as dedicated psychologists.  There is close liaison with the Community Treatment Teams for those patients with more complex needs requiring ongoing assessment and intervention and the service is supported by a recently commissioned post diagnostic service for patients with dementia.  

When you work for CNTW, you will work for a Trust that has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and is ranked 1st nationally in GMC trainer survey for the support provides to trainers. You will make a difference in changing people’s lives. You will join a medical workforce that is passionate about providing care and receive superb training and development opportunities and excellent staff benefits.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role will be to assess, investigate, diagnose and develop appropriate treatment plans for patients referred to the Northumberland Memory Service. These will be delivered through MDT’s, outpatient appointments and community visits as appropriate. There is close collaboration with the Community Treatment Teams and Post diagnostic Service as necessary. The post holder will also be expected to participate in the emergency cover rota for the OP community service on a reduced, pro-rata basis when they would be expected to respond to urgent queries and requests for assessments, including MHA assessments, although this will be infrequent. The post holder should have highly developed communication and team working skills and be well organised in order to manage the needs of the patients and the team. They should be able to lead on initiatives to improve service quality and development.  They should be confident in working collaboratively with partner organisations in order to promote smooth and integrated pathways of care within the locality.

You will be part of an established, supportive team of consultant colleagues within Northumberland with regular opportunities for peer support.  There are also opportunities to participate in undergraduate teaching through close links with CNTW Medical Education department and Newcastle University, and the Trust provides regular CPD events to support professional development. 

Working for our organisation

Why us?

  • Up to £8k relocation package
  • 30 days study leave (every 3 years) with a generous study leave allowance
  • Flexible working opportunities created with you involved in your job plan
  • Remote working available as suits service needs
  • Dedicated and protected SPA time
  • Focus on creating a healthy workforce by investing heavily in health and wellbeing accessible support including emotional, physical, social, psychological financial and career well being
  • Teaching and research opportunities available
  • Stimulating CPD sessions and programs including mentoring, medical leadership, and coaching
  • Teaching opportunities in our brand-new state of the art Medical Education Centre
  • Employee Excellence awards
  • Plus, lots more employee benefits including discounts. Find out more at

As an added bonus, the Trust is located in the Northeast of England and Cumbria which is an area of outstanding natural beauty, containing national parks, ancient heritage sites and major cities supported by excellent national and international transport links. The area is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District National Park which is considered one of England’s finest areas of natural beauty. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for further information and main duties and responsibilities.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MBBS or equivalent
  • 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
Desirable criteria
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • CTT in Older Adults Psychiatry


Essential criteria
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrable special interest & experience in Older Adults’ Psychiatry
  • Experience in assessment/management of co-morbid physical health conditions affecting mental health in the elderly
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Academic Skills/Learning

Essential criteria
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership and collaborative working to deliver improvement
Desirable criteria
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeImproving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

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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Dr Jenny Reid
Job title
Assistant Medical Director
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01665 608028
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