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Full Time / Part Time, 1.0 -0.8 WTE based on candidate preference
37.5 – 30.0 hours a week / 5/4 days a week
Low Secure or PICU Integrated Practice Unit
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity with an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a provider of specialist mental healthcare. We transform the lives of people with the greatest mental health needs and have a reputation for managing highly challenging patients. Throughout our 180 year history we have helped some of society’s most vulnerable people and today we proudly continue to build world-class mental healthcare services. Our commitment to holistic care, safety, recovery and innovative therapies and treatment makes St Andrew’s the perfect place to take your career to a new level.
The Essex Mental Illness and Personality Disorders Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) offers a gender specific treatment programme for women and male patients who require specialist forensic input. The IPU consists of 6 wards comprising of 79 beds, spread across the following wards: 2 Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (one male and one female), and 4 wards for the management of personality disorders and mental illness. There is a full multidisciplinary team on each ward, including a senior speciality doctor contributing to an individualised treatment package for the patients.
The IPU offers an excellent opportunity to deliver value-based healthcare focusing on clinical outcomes. The IPU is focusing on using clinically relevant outcomes that will support the recovery and progress of patients to less restrictive environments in line with improvements in their mental health and reductions in their risk.
The successful candidate will lead a full MDT and help shape services further through strategic decision-making and improvement projects. The IPU structure means that there is flexibility within the service to make decisions locally that will impact on how care is delivered. You will also be able to undertake research projects as part of St Andrew's commitment to innovation and world-class care, if this is an area of interest. There is also the opportunity to undertake additional work via the St Andrew’s Consultancy service which provides medicolegal reports, and you will be supported by the service in this – this work is remunerated separately.
This post is based across the male wards. The number of patients under your care will be dependent on the number of sessions of employment. There is some flexibility around whether this is a full-time or part-time post (dependent on the preference of the successful candidate, and in consultation with the current Consultants already in post). The post includes a non-resident on-call commitment (part of a two tier rota, with a specialty doctor based locally).
Applicants must have MRCPsych or equivalent and hold a CCT in Forensic Psychiatry or Adult Psychiatry.
The post attracts a competitive salary (with the option of additional remuneration for work undertaken via the St Andrew’s Consultancy service), 41 days of annual leave (including bank holidays) pro rata, a travel allowance and a contributory pension scheme (with additional employer contribution and included life insurance).
We would encourage anyone who is interested in this role, or working with the charity in other roles or services, to contact Dr Mark Tarn, Clinical Lead for the Essex IPU on [email protected] or James Farrelly, Recruitment Consultant on [email protected] or 01604616624.