Consultants in Psychiatry (peripatetic across Forth Valley) – NHS Forth Valley – Larbert

NHS Forth Valley

Consultants in Psychiatry (peripatetic across Forth Valley)

Employer Location Forth Valley Royal Hospital Salary £91,474 – £121,548 per annum (pro rata if part time) Closing date 29 Jan 2023

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Consultants in Psychiatry (peripatetic across Forth Valley)

Full time or part time (22 Programmed Activities available)
(including up to 2 PA SPA, dependent on hours worked)

Posts / sessions are available across the following services – Forensic, Substance Use, General Adult & Rehabilitation Psychiatry working in inpatient / outpatient services 

Salary Scale – £91,474 – £121,548 per annum (pro rata if part time)

Looking for a new and exciting challenge? Then think about working in NHS Forth Valley in the heart of Scotland. 

NHS Forth Valley: Where exceptional Psychiatrists can flourish and really feel at home

In NHS Forth Valley we know the radical and transformational difference Psychiatrists make to the lives of their patients. This is why we have developed, and will always strive to maintain a system that allows them to do this work. In NHS Forth Valley we passionately believe in joined-up, holistic care across the whole patient journey. We have resisted the fragmentation of our services. Our world class trauma psychotherapy service informs everything we do, allowing our Psychiatrists to deliver genuine, trauma informed care. We have a dynamic Consultant workforce and due to the relatively small size and adaptability of our health board our Psychiatrists are able to become effective leaders that can drive through positive changes. In recent years our Consultants have led in reconfiguring our service to provide consistent, tiered, evidenced based treatments for those who experience emotional dysregulation and personality disorder.

From day one we help all new Consultant Psychiatrists in Forth Valley embark on a journey to develop into the best doctor they can be. We would hope and expect that those we employ are keen to gain extra SPA time for teaching, training, patient safety and service improvement work.

We are in an exciting place with regards to Psychiatry in Forth Valley. Our goal is to be able to evidence we have the best mental health services in Scotland. We have recruited extensively in recent years and now have a dynamic team to help us achieve this goal. We are in a position to be able to focus on developing high quality services going forward. To support this, our Consultants will have sufficient SPA time in their job plans to help all parts of our service become accredited (for providing excellent care) according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement Accreditation Standards. Our inpatient General Adult Psychiatry wards are functioning highly. These wards have applied to the College to be assessed for accreditation, the process of which is due to be completed early in 2023. 

We are passionate about attracting the brightest and best students into Psychiatry and developing them into Consultants that will serve the needs of Scotland. Our local teaching and training programmes have been nationally recognised and we are keen to expand them further. We are home to the Scottish Centre for Clinical Simulation and Human Factors, one of the most advanced training facilities of its kind, where medical staff are able to hone their skills using computerised mannequins. Through this centre we have developed the award winning PSYCHSIM programme. This trains our staff in managing emergency situations that arise on Psychiatry wards. We are keen for additional Consultant leadership to help further expand and develop this programme. 

We have successfully piloted Nurse Prescriber & Pharmacy Prescriber clinics within our CMHTs, to support the work of Consultant Psychiatrists. We are keen to develop and expand non-medical prescribing roles. Through this we will ensure that Consultant Psychiatrists only spend their time on tasks that are suitable for their skill level and experience. The post-holder will have the opportunity to supervise non-medical prescribers and to guide the development of these roles. We will support time for these, and other teaching and training opportunities. 

Many of our existing Consultant Psychiatrists have a national profile in Medical Education and so new members of our team would have immediate links to regional and national teaching opportunities. 

We are also able to offer innovative and bespoke job roles for candidates interested in combining sessions of General Adult Psychiatry with sessions in other specialities, including Forensic, Rehabilitation and Substance Use Psychiatry. In particular, we are keen to explore developing roles across both substance use and general adult settings, to support our existing programme of joint working and improved interface in these areas. 

We will work with the successful candidate(s) to develop a suitable job plan. On call duties are non-resident and mainly consist of providing telephone advice and leadership to training grade medical staff. These duties are shared across the Consultant group on a 1 in 25 basis for an 8 session post, and 1 in 20 for a 10 session post.

Forth Valley offers an unrivalled quality of life being an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Historic Stirling ‘the gateway to the Highlands’ has local state schools that consistently feature in the top 20 national league tables. Scotland’s major cities, Glasgow & Edinburgh are within one hours travel. Substantial relocation packages are available.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department. Consultant colleagues would welcome the opportunity to discuss the post (and potential service developments) with interested candidates. For informal enquiries, please contact to Dr Jim Crabb, Associate Medical Director (Mental Health), Tel: 01786 434031; Dr Seonaid McCallum, Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director, Tel. 01324 618252 or Dr Nabila Muzaffar, Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director, Tel. 01324 566177

To apply for this post, please visit the job posting on the NHS Scotland Job Train website. Applicants should have full GMC registration and a licence to practise. Applicants will be expected to possess the MRCPsych or equivalent. Applicants must possess or be within 6 months of their CCT or CESR (CP) at the time of interview for the post. Applicants are required to have evidence of recent continued academic and professional development. Excellent, communication, listening and organisational skills are essential.

Closing date: Sunday 29th January 2023

Interview date: Thursday 16th February 2023

Please quote reference number 132154 on all correspondence.

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