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Locum Consultant Psychiatrist


Main area
General adult psychiatry
Job ref
Hollins House, Marple
27/02/2019 23:59

About the Trust

Formed in 2002, Pennine Care has grown to become a leading provider of community and mental health services.

Our vision is to deliver the best care to patients, people and families in our local communities, by working effectively with partners to help people to live well.

We provide services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford – with a combined population of more than 1.3 million people.

Our 6,000 community and mental health staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care – and provide around 2.4 million patient contacts each year. We are privileged that some of the most talented and leading experts choose to work for us.

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?


Service/Ward/Department Summary:


The post is based with the Psychological Medicine in Primary Care Service, in Stockport.


The broad aim of ‘Psychological Medicine in Primary Care’ is to help support Primary Care and local Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services (Healthy Minds) to improve the care of those with medically unexplained symptoms, long-term conditions and complex psychological/ psychiatric difficulties. The aim is to bridge the gap between physical and mental health care and primary and secondary care.


This will involve developing 2 main strands:

  • Continuing to work with groups of GP practices across the borough of Stockport providing education, supervision and consultation for people with persistent physical symptoms and personally-related difficulties. The role will also link in with local IAPT services.
  • An educational component evaluating and developing the skills of health and social staff across the borough of Stockport in this clinical area. This includes IAPT staff and primary care staff.


The role will include implementation, delivery and evaluation of the service by working closely with the other clinicians and managers involved and supported by the Psychological Medicine Service.



Role Summary:


The post holder will work with the other consultant, already in post, to provide medical input to assessment, formulation, and ongoing care of people open to PMPC. This will include liaising with colleagues in the integrated hubs, and primary care clinicians to provide collaborative care to individuals within the service. The post holder will be expected to be actively involved with service development and evaluation, in addition to training and supervision both within the service and to the wider health and social care system.


Responsibilities of the Post:


  • Clinical

The post holder will provide consultation-liaison with a number of GP practices and IAPT services across Stockport using a collaborative care model. This will be for patients with medically unexplained symptoms, long-term conditions and complex psychological/psychiatric difficulties. This will include those with high levels of complexity who may be at high risk of harm, on complex poly-pharmacy and where diagnosis/formulation is needed. Outcomes are a key performance indicator. The service is for patients aged 16 and over.

  • Liaison

The post holder will liaise with Primary Care clinicians and managers and Primary (IAPT) and Secondary Care Mental Health Services (including substance misuse services) amongst others. This will involve supervision and case discussion with Primary Care and IAPT staff. There will also be liaison with clinicians working in primary care, GPs, practice nursing staff and community healthcare staff.

  • Education & training

This will involve identifying the learning needs of Primary Care and Primary Care Mental Health staff and others and developing a suitable educational and training approach to be delivered in a variety of formats and settings. Supervision of primary care staff, including GPs, and IAPT staff is key feature. Evaluation and activity of this are key performance indicators.

  • Management

The post holder will attend relevant project planning meetings as well as other Pennine Care and CCG/ Stockport Together events that support the delivery of the project.

  • Service Development

The post holder will take an active role in developing this area of work with the support of the team lead, rest of the team, IAPT services, the Psychological Medicine Service, Pennine Care and local commissioners.

  • Evaluation

Clinician and patient rated outcome measures, patient rated experience measures and health care utilization data will be collected. The amount and impact of educational activity will be evaluated. This will be done with the support of existing Pennine Care and CCG structures


To take part on the Stockport out of hours consultant on call rota


Key Requirements of the Person Specification:


Fully registered with the GMC with a license to practice at the time of appointment.

Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six 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


MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


Excellent knowledge in liaison psychiatry including knowledge and experience of a range of medically unexplained conditions and long-term conditions with complex psychological problems


Evidence of experience and knowledge of a range of psychological interventions for this patient group


Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge


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


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.

No smoking policyDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Informal Contact Name: Julia Hose

Job Title: Lead clinician/ consultant psychiatrist

Contact Number 0161 716 2018

If you have problems applying, contact

0161 716 3181