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Speciality Doctor - Early Intervention Team (EIT) - Sefton & Kirkby

Specialty Doctor

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Specialty Doctor
Part time: 6 sessions per week (Expectation to participate in on call rota an appointment if have Section 12 approval - see details in advert)
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South Sefton Neighbourhood Centre/Hartley Hospital
£41,158 - £76,751 Per annum
Salary period
24/01/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

We are looking for an enthusiastic applicant who would like to work within the Early Intervention team covering Sefton and Kirby which is a multidisciplinary community mental health service that provides treatment and support to people experiencing or at high risk of developing psychosis.


The aims of the service are to provide Early Intervention in Psychosis services to people within the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust catchment area who experience a first episode of psychosis between the ages of 14 and 65. Your workload will include detecting and recognising as early as possible first episodes of psychosis, reducing the duration of untreated psychosis including support for people with an at risk of mental state and producing effective outcomes of recovery and relapse rates.


The Sefton & Kirkby post carries an approximate total caseload of 280 patients at any one time of which between a third and a half are geographically in North Sefton .  All of these service users will be on CPA and have an allocated care coordinator. The team also supports 10 service users deemed ‘At risk mental state’ (ARMS) at any one team. These service users are supported by non CPA and a team psychologist acts as the lead professional.  The North Sefton part of the team has recently relocated to a brand new purpose built Hartley Hospital which accommodates inpatient ward and community services for all ages.

There is an on call (shift system) commitment with this post on the higher trainee rota, currently approximately 1 in 12. It is therefore desirable that the post holder has Section 12(2) approval or within 3 months or being in post gets this approval. On call covers both General Adult and Old Age patients. On calls are non-resident and the shift they will be covering is a full shift not an on-call. Remuneration will be 2 PA’s and, enhanced hourly rates and time off as required in line with WTD.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

Dr Debbie Marsden
Job title
Consultant Psychiatrist
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0151 330 8555