Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in Sapphire ward, which is a 20 bedded adult male acute inpatient mental health ward based at The Whiteleaf Centre, in Aylesbury. There are other wards on the same site including an adult female acute inpatient ward, an adult rehabilitation award and an older adult inpatient ward.

This is a 10 Programmed Activities (7.5DCC+2.5 SPA) Consultant Psychiatrist post covering the county of Buckinghamshire.

We offer a £15,000 recruitment bonus and a relocation allowance up to £8,000 to eligible successful candidates.

The role is full time, but consideration will be given to applicants who express an interest to work part time.

Informal enquiries and arrangements to visit the Trust are strongly welcomed, please contact Dr Tina Malhotra, Associate Medical Director via email: Tina.Malhotra@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk or telephone 01865 904594.

Main duties of the job

With the changing circumstances of modern mental healthcare, the ability to adapt and demonstrate new ways of working is essential. You will have experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry and have great interpersonal skills working with colleagues to work collaboratively with our senior leadership team of acute and urgent care pathway. You will provide leadership and clinical expertise to our highly skilled and committed team on Sapphire ward.

Working for our organisation

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust which has been rated as good by the CQC is a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do.

Oxford Health is an ambitious Trust dedicated to innovating, evaluating and implementing new treatments, procedures and services.

We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us 
achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

As such we particularly welcome applications from clinicians who would like to negotiate dedicated PAs for clinical leadership, research, training or other areas of special interest.

The trust offers a generous relocation package and works hard to accommodate flexible working patterns for staff.

We have good supervision and operational structures and an excellent track record of CPD. There are good links with Oxford University, with opportunities for teaching, research and offering placements to trainees.

Our adult mental health services in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire are delivered from five main community bases and three main hospital sites. This includes The Whiteleaf Centre, our new purpose built hospital in Aylesbury.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will provide senior medical input and clinical leadership to the Sapphire ward.

They will have the medical responsibility for patients admitted to the ward and be the Responsible Clinician for them. The post holder will have responsibility for those patients seen by himself/herself, together with those patients seen by medical staff directly supervised by the post holder.

The post holder will work alongside the modern matron, ward manager, and rest of the multidisciplinary team and other inpatient, crisis team and community Consultant Psychiatrists to provide high quality care and ensure there is good patient flow through the system. They will work collaboratively with other agencies, in particular liaison with staff from other teams to manage smooth and timely transfer into and out 
of the unit. The teams most commonly involved with this will be the CRHTT, Community Mental Health Teams, Early Intervention, Opal Ward Rehabilitation Unit and Ashurst Ward Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

The post holder will provide direct clinical supervision and line management to the trainees and specialty doctors and any senior trainee placed with the team.

This will include 1 hour per week clinical supervision for trainees and a pro rata equivalent level of supervision to specialty doctors.

The post holder will commit to delivering the Trust’s clinical governance agenda.

For a detailed list of the roles and responsibilities for this post, please see the attached job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Ability to undertake full range of consultant responsibilities
  • Skills & Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to work within a collaborative multidisciplinary framework, and to share leadership responsibilities with senior colleagues of other professions
  • Ability to understand how organisations work most effectively
  • Commitment to active clinical governance
  • Ability to promote effective team working
  • Capacity to prioritise workload
  • Active participation in clinical audit
  • Commitment to interagency partnership working
  • Must have good skills in communication with patients, relatives, colleagues and staff of other organisations. Good spoken and written English.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with a range of professionals.
  • Must have interest in and commitment to people with mental health problems, and their carers
  • Experience in supervising and teaching core psychiatric trainees
  • Application of research evidence to clinical practice
  • Desirable criteria

  • Relevant experience of the administrative, management and leadership roles of senior medical staff
  • Inter-agency partnership working and development
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching.
  • Supervision of advanced level trainees
  • Research experience and skills
  • Qualifications

    Essential criteria

  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists Guidelines)
  • Approved clinician Status and section 12( MHA) Approval are essential. Candidates who are in the process of getting AC approval will be considered
  • Eligibility for Section 12 (Mental Health Act)
  • Full GMC Registration with a license to practice
  • Desirable criteria

  • Higher degree or equivalent in relevant field of medical, psychological or other studies
  • Training

    Essential criteria

  • Higher specialist training in psychiatry in approved training post for a minimum of three years, equivalent training in another country, or previous consultant experience relevant to this post
  • CCT in Psychiatry; OR Inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register in psychiatry; OR within six months of achieving CCT at the time of interview
  • Desirable criteria

  • Sub-specialty or other specialist clinical training relevant to post
  • Clinical Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience of the full range of clinical responsibilities expected of a consultant in this specialty
  • Experience of close collaborative work with social care and other agencies
  • Desirable criteria

  • Application of evidence-based practice and interest in clinical and policy developments for this care group
  • Development of close collaboration with primary care services
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

    Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

    We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

    Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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