Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Learning Disabilities – Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust – Hartlepool

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Learning Disabilities

Employer Location Hartlepool Salary £84,559 to £114,003 a year Closing date 30 Mar 2023

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Job Details

The North Tees Community Team provides a specialist service to adults with a learning disability who live in the Stockton and Hartlepool locality. The combined psychiatry caseload for the two localities is 120, with between 0 and 2 referrals per month. It is anticipated that the post holder will hold a psychiatry caseload of around 40-50 patients from the Hartlepool locality. The majority will be jointly managed with the wider MDT. The initial timetable for the post contains two outpatient clinics per week, with additional domiciliary visits as required. Given the caseload numbers outlined above, the majority of clinic time will be spent reviewing existing cases.

The Trust is reviewing its response to NHS Englands position statement on the Care Programme Approach. At the time of writing, the Trust continues to support service users with more complex needs under care coordination. Consultant psychiatrists are not expected to act as care coordinators.

The post holder will be based at the Centre for Integrated Living in Hartlepool, where the team is co-located with the Hartlepool Learning Disability Social Work Team. Office space and clinic space will be provided on this site. Some meetings will also take place at the teams other base at Wessex House, Stockton.

Main duties of the job

To assess, diagnose and manage patients with mental illness, autism and challenging behaviour

Ensuring effective holistic multidisciplinary assessment and care planning with service users, carers and the multidisciplinary team

Planning of all treatment needs including prescription of medication

Ensuring the physical health needs of patients are met

Management of risk, and weighing complex risk information to deliver care that is in the best interests of the recovery of the individual. Supporting the MDT in this by clear communication, containing anxiety, and maintain hope for the patient.

Work with medical and nursing colleagues to ensure medical input to daily patient flow process to help patients in different parts of the system access care appropriately

Maintaining a focus on outcomes, both in terms of clinical outcomes and patient experience.

About us

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of 320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people and also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We are a multi-award winning trust and are included within the Health Service Journals Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description for further information. Please note the job description is currently pending approval from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Person Specification

  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 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

  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Clinical Knowledge & Skills

  • Excellent knowledge in specialty.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge.
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty.
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others.
  • Teaching & Training

  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training.
  • Desirable

  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.
  • CPD & Appraisal

  • Participated in continuous professional development.
  • Reflects on own performance and behaviour, seeking and acting on feedback.
  • Audit, Research & Quality Improvement

  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.
  • Understanding of the trust’s quality improvement system.
  • BMJRef: BMJ-115266/346-C9346-LD-22M


    Our mission:
    We want people to lead their best possible lives

    Our vision:
    We will co-create safe and personalised care that improves the lives of people with mental health needs, a learning disability or autism, involving them and their carers as equal partners. We will listen, learn, improve and innovate together with our communities and will always be respectful, compassionate, and responsible

    Our values:
    The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are respect, compassion and responsibility

    Our goals:
    We are committed to three big goals: To co-create a great experience for our patients, carers and families; To co-create a great experience for our colleagues; To be a great partner

    Read details about out   on the trust’s website.


    Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services to people of all ages.

    The trust delivers a range of community and inpatient care across adult mental health, children and young people’s services, mental health services for older people and forensic services. The trust has over 7,000 staff working across more than 90 sites.

    With an annual operating income of over £420 million, the trust works in partnership with local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, voluntary organisations, the private sector, as well as people who use our services and their families and carers.

    Geographically Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, spanning County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby.

    See below for a map of our area and 

    Our Journey To Change sets out where we want TEWV to be in five years’ time and has been co-created by you!Thanks to more than 2500 of you who took part in Our Big Conversation, Our Journey To Change is a reflection of where you want us to be and how we’ll get there.

    Why choose TEWV?

    Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) is committed to co-creating a great experience for colleagues. They are committed to listening to

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