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Consultant Psychiatrist Women's Blended Service

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Medical and Psychiatry
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: Very Competitive plus package and benefits

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Location: Northampton

Full Time (part time or full time will be considered)

Salary: Very Competitive plus package and benefits

Suitable for an experienced Consultant or someone due to complete their CCT in 2021 or early 2022

About the service

The St. Andrew’s Healthcare Medium Secure Division is looking to recruit a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist for our Women’s Blended Secure Service. The service has been one of three NHS England pilot site for blended secure care for women. This is an exciting new approach to secure care for women which prioritises continuity of care, the role trauma plays in a patient’s presentation, peer support, and co-production.

Blended services manage patients of both low and medium security in the same service and flex relational and procedural security depending on individual patient need rather than blanket restrictions and expectations. By avoid transitions between levels of security and working with one clinical team throughout, length of hospital stay is reduced.

The service comprises three 10 bedded wards, one admission ward and two treatment wards. There are two multidisciplinary teams who each manage 5 beds in the admission ward and a treatment ward. Patients remain under the MDT they are admitted by until their discharge to the community.

The service is well regarded and high performing. A recent review by IMPACT - the East Midlands provider collaborative for secure care described Maple Ward as “like a well-oiled machine”.

About the role

You will lead a multi-disciplinary team and oversee the management of patients with often complex needs.  You will be able to promote innovation and improvement of services, with scope to develop your specialist interests and grow your remit and responsibilities. You will have an office and the support of an associate specialist as ward doctor and a full MDT including Clinical Administrators and Personal Assistants dedicated to your wards and service.

In addition to the clinical role, a full-time candidate will be able to spend a day a week undertaking work in many exciting fields including academic research, education and training, outpatient, and medico-legal work.

About you

You are committed to supporting your multidisciplinary team and providing excellent care to your patients and their families and want a role where you are respected and listed to and given the autonomy to make decisions that will help improve patient care and outcomes.  You want to join an organisation with supportive colleagues and leaders and a wide range of opportunities for development in your field of choice.  

Applicants must have MRCPsych or equivalent and hold a CCT/CESR in Forensic Psychiatry or General Adult Psychiatry


We are proud to empower the careers of our Consultant Psychiatrists, with our Executive Medical Director and all of our Clinical Directors developing into their current roles within the Charity

We also support a number of our Consultant Psychiatrists through an Executive MBA programme at some of the most prestigious business schools in the country.  There are also opportunities to attend our regular internal CPD events and for you to develop a medico-legal out-patient practice too.

You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare

You will join a medically led organisation which has 8 Psychiatry Directors as part of our Executive Leadership team.  This along with 30 other Consultant Psychiatrists based in Northampton will give you the support you need to succeed and enjoy your role whilst also having the opportunities to progress for the future too.

For newly qualified Consultants we provide mentoring where you will receive the support of an experience Consultant colleague to help you through the transition to Consultant Psychiatrist.

The Northampton site also has other services such as Low Secure, PICU, Learning Disability, Autism, Neuropsychiatry, Forensics, and CAMHS as well as our academic and research centre.  It also has facilities such as a café, garden centre, charity shop, woodwork & ceramics workshop all staffed by patients and service users along with other facilities such as gym’s and swimming pools for patients and staff to use and all based in over 150 acres of beautiful woodland grounds (please see link below for more details).

Northamptonshire is also a great place to live due to having great schools, very reasonable house prices and a good mix of facilities within the town as well as really nice villages and countryside.  Based in the midlands you have great access to the M1 and M6 and will be based under an hour’s drive / train from London and Birmingham.

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day

The post attracts a competitive salary with travel allowance (with the option of additional remuneration for work undertaken via the St Andrew’s Consultancy service), sickness policy on par with NHS, 41 days annual leave including bank holidays, car lease scheme, free parking, cycle to work scheme, ongoing CPD and much more...


For further details please contact Dr Alex Hamilton, Clinical Director for Medium Security – on 01604 608678 or or our Internal Recruitment Consultant, James Farrelly on 01604 616624


As a CQC regulated provider of healthcare, from 1 April 2022 we will be required to ensure that all of our workforce have had both first and second COVID-19 vaccinations (except for those who can demonstrate they are medically exempt)