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Locum Specialty Doctor - Forensic CMHT

NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor

Main area
Forensic Psychiatry
NHS Medical & Dental: Specialty Doctor
Fixed term: 12 months (until 03/01/2023)
Part time - 5 sessions per week (20 hours per week)
Job ref
Springfield University Hospital
£45,124 - £77,519 pro rata plus London Zone Allowance
Salary period
27/01/2022 23:59

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

This is an exciting time to join our Trust. South West London St. Georges is at the beginning of an exciting journey of transforming our community mental health services. In 2021/22 the Trust will benefit from significant investment in community mental teams to strengthen provision across all our boroughs.

Specialty Doctor, Forensic Outreach Service (FOS)

If you want to live locally and work locally, with an employer that offers flexible and agile working with great development and carer progression opportunities, then this may be the role you!

Main duties of the job

The Forensic Outreach Service (FOS) is a specialist, multi-disciplinary service operating within the Forensic Mental Health Services to facilitate and manage the safe and efficient transition of high risk adults with mental disorders from secure forensic settings (medium and low secure care) into the community, and eventually, back into their appropriate Community Mental Health Team or Community Forensic Team.

Transition from secure services to the community is recognised as a particularly difficult time. FOS provides ongoing mental health assessment, formulation and treatment to promote recovery and manage risk during and after transition between services in order to safely facilitate patient’s eventual acceptance back to their local teams, if appropriate.  

Working for our organisation

In addition, to our wide range of benefits we also offer:

Agile and flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible and agile working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage.

Career progression pathways and development opportunities

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. There are opportunities teaching both undergraduate and postgraduates, and research and audit under the supervision of the FOS RC.

There are many opportunities to become involved in research, audit, service evaluation and supervision of undergraduate research projects.

In addition, The Trust has a comprehensive training scheme for Core and Higher Specialist Trainees and enjoys a close relationship with St George’s, University of London (SGUL), an independent School of the University of London.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will be based at the Shaftsbury Clinic and will be employed for 5 PAs per week. It would be beneficial for the postholder to have approval under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act, but this can be facilitated during post. The postholder will be responsible for the day-to day management of the patients currently under the care of the Forensic Outreach Service, and activities will include:

  •  Attending 2 zoning meetings each week.
  • Take part in assessment of referrals to the service.
  • Assessment and treatment of patients attending Springfield Hospital or in the Community either on their own or with the care coordinator.
  • Liaise with community teams.
  • Attend CPAs and document the outcome of CPAs.
  • Liaise with the patients’ GP and medical specialists regarding physical health concerns.
  • Prepare reports for Mental Health Review Tribunals and Managers’ Hearings and attend and give evidence at these.
  • Liaise with families and carers.
  • Liaise with the Ministry of Justice and allied Criminal Justice Services

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Registered General Medical Practitioner
  • • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team


Essential criteria
  • • Day to day responsibility of acute medical and psychiatric care.
  • • Experience of working with people with mental health problems

Knowledge/ Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • • MB BS or equivalent basic medical degrees
  • • MRC Psych
  • • Full GMC registration
  • • Right to work in the UK
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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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Abu Shafi
Job title
Consultant Psychiatrist, Forensic CMHT
Email address
Additional information

Lucy Cooper, Interim Clinical Pathway Lead


If you have problems applying, contact

South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust
61 Glenburnie Road
Tooting Bec
SW17 7DJ
0203 513 6696