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

Specialty Doctor

Main area
Psychiatry
Grade
Specialty Doctor
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Part time - 6 sessions per week (Expectation to participate in on call rota an appointment if have Section 12 approval - see details in advert)
Job ref
350-MED2855969-A
Site
Hartley Hospital
Town
Liverpool
Salary
£41,158 - £76,751 Per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
13/04/2021 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.

Job overview

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.

Main duties of the job

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.

Working for our organisation

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.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Summary of duties of the post

 

  • They will be directly involved with the assessment, diagnosis and management of service users accepted for a 3 year Early Intervention pathway. These service users will be subject to CPA and have an allocated care coordinator. They will support triage and assessments following referrals into the team and use structured and validated assessment tool to verify first episode psychosis or at risk mental state (CAARMS assessment tool).

They will ensure that all service users newly accepted into the service have a comprehensive review, with the Consultant providing supervision, consultation and advice in relation to assessment and diagnosis to non-medical practitioners.

  • Utilise a flexible approach to delivery of clinical care based on person centred care.

 

  • Prescribe medication when necessary in a collaborative manner giving all patients informed choice

 

  • Support MDT daily triage process and decision making.

 

  • Support colleagues in other specialist mental health services and within primary care – particularly GPs, CMHT’s, single point of access, colleges, IAPT services and Criminal Justice teams.

 

  • Contribute to the education, development and training of staff from a variety of disciplines that come into contact with individuals suffering or at risk from first episode psychosis.

 

  • Contribute to the development of the service and be actively involved in the critical evaluation of its effectiveness over

 

  • Support the training agenda of the Early Intervention team.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Basic Medical Degree
Desirable criteria
  • MRCPsych

Clinical Experience

Essential criteria
  • Min 4 years post qualification experience, with at least 2 years in psychiatry.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of Multi-Agency work especially with user / carer organisations
  • Experience of Crisis Assessment and Treatment Work.
  • Experience of working in Community Services

Organisation and planning

Essential criteria
  • Possess organisational and management abilities including the ability to prioritise workload and deal with conflicting demands
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in multi- disciplinary team
  • Good IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of service development / policy development

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Communications skills Decisiveness/accountability Interpersonal skills
  • Uses a non-judgemental approach to patients
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience
  • Shows initiative/drive/enthusiasm Probity

Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of clinical risk management
  • Competent to work without direct supervision
  • Clear and logical thought processes
  • Familiar with range of bio-psychosocial interventions relevant to community psychiatry
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in managing first onset psychosis
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Name
Dr Debbie Marsden
Job title
Consultant Psychiatrist
Email address
debbie.marsden@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
0151 330 8555