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Consultant Psychiatrist + Associate Clinical Director joint role

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
General Adult Psychiatry
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Permanent: Substantive consultant contract + 3 year fixed term ACD contract
Full time - 10 sessions per week (8 PAs for Consultant role + 2 PAs for ACD role.)
Job ref
Jubilee Health Centre East
£84,559 - £114,003 plus London Zone allowance
Salary period
13/02/2022 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

ACD & Consultant Psychiatrist

Sutton Community Adult Mental Health Services

We are seeking to recruit an experienced General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Director for our Sutton Community Adult services. This is one of five ACD roles within the Community adult services in South West London and St Georges NHS Trust. 

Our ACDs must be enthusiastic and hands on leaders, who have excellent interpersonal skills and are keen to facilitate improvement to clinical pathways and services.  Working with the Clinical Director for adult services, and the wider leadership team, ACDs will support achieving the Service Lines strategic objectives and developing our partnerships at Borough, Integrated Care System, and regional and national level. We are looking for candidates who have the passion and skills to be the clinical directors and medical directors of the future.  The role will be accompanied by a development programme and peer support from fellow ACDs already working in the other boroughs of the Trust.

The postholder will also be asked to provide consultant sessions to the Sutton and Cheam Integrated Recovery Hub based at the well-located Jubilee Health Centre in Wallington.

The post works alongside a separate Consultant-led Primary Liaison and Recovery Service which offers a single point of access for all borough based mental health referrals and also offers step down care for patients requiring additional support following IRH interventions. 

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for the clinical care delivered by the team, for the provision of training for core and higher psychiatry trainees, and the teaching of St George’s University of London Medical Students. They will work closely with a Team manager, an advanced clinical practitioner and a dedicated Clinical Service Manager for the Borough (8b).

The ACD role is for 2pas plus 10% responsibility allowance (on 10pas) plus 8-9pas of a Consultant role with the Recovery Support Team for a 3 years fixed term period. The Trust will offer a 10pa substantive consultant contract following the completion of the 3 year ACD role.   

Closing Date: 13/02/2022, Midnight

Shortlisting: 14/02/2022

Assessment Centre Date: 21/02/2022 (remotely via MS Teams) 

Interview Date: 22/02/2022 (remotely via MS Teams)

Job Ref: 294-MEDI-0160

Working for our organisation


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Mentoring Scheme - for substantive and NHS fixed term consultants
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:

  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Medical leadership, working in the multi-disciplinary team and working closely with, and providing cross-cover to other Consultant Psychiatrists and occasionally their Associate Clinical Director within their borough or service line.
  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, initiation of medication, and the recovery focused care delivered by the Team
  • Availability within normal working hours 5 days a week for urgent review and management including formal Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Domiciliary visits as required.
  • Providing cross-cover for the Consultant colleagues where necessary.
  • Management of complex cases
  • Allocation of resources, in collaboration with the hub team manager, to service users and carers.
  • Ensuring the delivery of effective, efficient and safe, recovery focused mental health care.
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working with social care, statutory and voluntary and third sector partners.

Person specification

ACD - Experience

Essential criteria
  • Leadership experience within a complex organisation delivering clinical/social care services.
  • Experience in leading governance and quality projects.
  • • Experience of delivering improvements in quality

ACD - Training & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered Medical Practitioner (with CCT in a branch of Psychiatry)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

ACD - Knowledge & Skills

Essential criteria
  • • Highly effective leadership skills and an understanding of collaborative leadership approaches.
  • Management skills, including staff management and performance and financial understanding
  • • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships, both within and outside the Trust.


Essential criteria
  • Primary Medical degree.
  • Full GMC registration.
  • MRCPsych, or equivalent.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register for General Adult Psychiatry or eligible for such inclusion on the Specialist Registrar within three months of completing their CST.
  • Section 12 (2) approval of the Mental Health Act
  • Specialist Registrars within three months of completing their CCSTs

Knowledge: Critical Expertise in Specialty

Essential criteria
  • Completed minimum of three years full time training in approved higher psychiatric training scheme or equivalent route to obtaining a CCT
  • A detailed knowledge of main treatment approaches for severe mental illness including psychopharmacological interventions
  • A detailed knowledge of the Mental Health Act, the functions of the Mental Health Review Tribunals and Hospital Managers' Hearings
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge and experience of the CPA process, risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience of teaching medical and non-medical staff, including those who may not have a formal qualification

Research and Publications

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of participation in Research and outcomes of studies
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree in research
  • Completion of a research project and evidence of it’s dissemination
  • Publication in a peer reviewed journal.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatry
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching Qualification
  • Training in the delivery of medical education
  • Evidence of good feedback from students
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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 here. 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 here. 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

Dr Victoria Hill
Job title
Clinical Director
Email address

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