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Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disabilities

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Intellectual Disabilities
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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99 Waverley Road
St Albans, Hertfordshire
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
15/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

*Previous applicants need not apply*

Would you like to be part of something Outstanding?

We are seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities based at Colne House, working across St Albans.  

This is a hugely exciting time for the Trust having recently achieved an OUTSTANDING CQC RATING and being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold an outstanding rating.

Main duties of the job

The Trust is seeking a dynamic and innovative Consultant Psychiatrist to join community learning disability services in West Hertfordshire.

The post-holder will provide community psychiatric care to adults with learning disabilities living in the catchment area of West Herts are covers three geographically contiguous PCNs( Primary care network) in a mainly areas of Watford and Three Rivers.

You must ensure the relevant professional registration is maintained, including Section 12, Approved Clinician, and Responsible Clinician status.

**Please note due to COVID related delays the Job Description is pending approval by the Royal College of Psychiatry. Once approved the final Job Description will be shared with shortlisted candidates**

Working for our organisation

Here's what we have to offer you

  • Mentoring support for new Consultants
  • Dedicated support to help become a future NHS Leader
  • Access to Leadership, Teaching, Education and Research opportunities
  • A strong ethos on Learning and Development
  • Access to a state-of-the-art Simulation Training Facility including opportunities to join the Multidisciplinary Simulation Faculty
  • Access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-calibre Consultants
  • Study leave of 30 days over 3 years
  • Study leave budget of £800 per person per annum
  • Innovative patient electronic record system (PARIS)/ Admin and IT equipment/ software to improve work experience (4G enabled laptops provided upon starting)
  • Flexible working
  • Excellent staff benefits 
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Flexible APAs to seek development opportunities in service development/ management / Simulation Training /working with Community Transformation Projects
  • Dedicated SPA time in Job Plan
  • Generous relocation package up to £7.5K (subject to terms & conditions)

Our Health Hub helps improve staff health and wellbeing across the Trust - encouraging staff to step away from their work and think about their own health. This includes:

  • Workshops, challenges and social events throughout the year
  • Confidential and safe forums where staff can talk about the emotional impact of work
  • An equality and diversity staff network providing support to all staff
  • Mindfulness bite size taster session
  • Mini health check
  • Free, confidential counselling services 24/7

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Duties include, but not exclusive to;

  • To provide community psychiatric care to adults with learning disabilities living in the catchment area of West Herts are covers three geographically contiguous PCNs( Primary care network) in a mainly areas of Watford and Three Rivers.
  • The LD population in this area as per the PCN QOF prevalence rate is 1000 and the current case load is approximately 75 patients. The community responsibility includes outpatient clinics, home visits, Care Programme Approach meetings and multidisciplinary assessments. The new referral for the last few years is approximately 20-30.
  • To provide medical leadership to the Specialist Learning Disability Service. This specialist health team provides assertive outreach and crisis resolution models of care to adults with learning disabilities. There is a weekly referrals meeting. It is a well provided and comprehensively staffed multidisciplinary team with the active disciplines of Clinical Nurse specialist , Psychology , PBS practioners , Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists , SLTs providing both Communication and Dysphagia pathway.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists; candidates may achieve registration into GMC specialist register through CESR
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • Additional clinical qualifications


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 3 months
  • 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
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
Desirable criteria
  • Wide range of specialist and subspecialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Training and Education

Essential criteria
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit
Desirable criteria
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change


Essential criteria
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age 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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr A Ravi
Job title
Medical Lead
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