Adult/Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist, Low Secure Ward (RRP payable)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Chichester, England
£93,666 - £126,281 PA
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

Due to internal Consultant movement within the Forensic Healthcare Service (FHS), The Chichester Centre, Low Secure inpatient services have an exciting opportunity for a Consultant Psychiatrist.

If you are an enthusiastic and compassionate doctor who is looking for a job with a right balance of challenge and flexibility, look no further. You will be working alongside a group of experienced and highly motivated clinicians who will support you wherever you are in your career journey.

This job attracts a Recruitment and Retention payment of £25,000, in addition to (up to) £8000 relocation allowance. The RRP payment is paid in the following instalments:
  • £5000 payment paid on appointment
  • £5000 retention payment paid at 12 month anniversary of employment
  • £6500 retention payment paid at 30 month anniversary of employment
  • £8500 retention payment paid at 48 month anniversary of employment

The Recruitment and Retention payment is pro rata for part time employees. If you would like further information, or to know the full terms of the Recruitment and Retention Payment and/or the Relocation Allowance, then please do not hesitate to contact our Medical Staffing Team -

To find out more about what we offer please take a look at our careers portal:

Main duties of the job

The Consultant Psychiatrist will participate in the Leadership Team and will be expected to work collaboratively with managers to achieve the most efficient and effective use of resources.

You will also help to develop better provision and capacity for Forensic Healthcare Services and provide inpatient consultant / RC responsibilities to 15 female patients on low secure ward at the Chichester Centre, North West Sussex.

The ward has an effective multidisciplinary team with senior nurses (including two nurse consultants, one on each site), Social Workers, Psychologists, and OTs and specialist therapists working across the service. You will work closely with the matron and other lead professionals to provide clinical leadership to the ward team as the ward-based Consultant Psychiatrist and ensure safe, supportive care within the Low Secure Services.

The Consultant will participate in the planning and development of local Mental Health Services and to contribute constructively to improving the standards of mental health care within Sussex (via attendance at established governance and service improvement groups).

Working for our organisation

At Sussex Partnership we are committed to providing opportunities for flexible working. If you would like to work differently or different hours to as advertised, please get in touch to discuss this in more detail.

If you haven't thought about living in Sussex before then you should consider the following:
  • Journey from the coast to the countryside in minutes
  • Enjoy a lifestyle where there are renowned cycle routes and picturesque walks, including the famous South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park!
  • Embrace taking time to discover all the miles of scenic coastline, including Hastings, Bexhill on Sea and Eastbourne
  • Easy access to airports - Gatwick and Heathrow are both within 90 minutes of the county, providing links to Europe and beyond
  • Brighton and Hove or London are within easy reach via local and national bus routes and national mainline stations

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to:
  • To act as an Approved/Responsible Clinician for patient's subject to the MHA. Manage a case-load of 15 inpatients and carry out assessments as required.
  • Participate in the weekly referrals meeting and undertake assessments for suitability for admission to LSU
  • Liaise with statutory and non-statutory agencies to assist in the management of mentally disordered offenders.
  • Offer training to professionals.
  • Participate in the on-call rota.
  • Develop a clinical leadership role within the MDT team and across the service and work with colleagues and management to ensure optimal service delivery.
  • Participate in business planning for the locality and, as appropriate, contribute to the broader strategic and planning work of the Trust.
  • Lead the improvement of quality of care within the team and system.
  • To provide assessments of prisoners thought to require hospital admission.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.

Desirable criteria
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.


Essential criteria
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.

Desirable criteria
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice


Essential criteria
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge

Desirable criteria
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service


Essential criteria
  • Ability to work in a participatory way so that shared decision making and conversations around formulation/diagnosis and ongoing care are a collaborative endeavour with the people who access our service.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Participated in continuous professional development

Desirable criteria
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation.

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

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