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Consultant psychiatrist at Manchester Homeless Mental Health Team

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
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£79,860 - £107,668 per annum pro rata
24/11/2019 23:59

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is one of the leading mental health trusts in the UK.

Serving a population of 1.2million people, the Trust employs around 4750 people who make a difference across 130 locations. Situated in one of the most exciting and affordable cities in Europe, GMMH provides community and inpatient mental health care, alongside substance misuse services across the North West.

GMMH is one of the most active research trusts in the UK, with one of the highest levels of recruitment to clinical trials for mental health. This puts our staff and service users at the leading edge of new mental health treatments.

The Trust provides a range of specialist services including prison in reach across the North of England, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness and in patient perinatal mental health care.

We have been rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission. Our substance misuse services and leadership were rated as ‘Outstanding’

Consultant Psychiatrist

Manchester Homeless Mental Health Team

0.5 WTE (additional Lead PAs also available)

We are looking for a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist to join our Homeless Mental Health Team in Central Manchester. This post is based at the Rawnsley Building on the Manchester Royal Infirmary Site.

The post had been filled with locum appointments since the departure of Dr Jefferson and the new configuration allows an increase in sessional time at an exciting time in the development of Homeless services in Greater Manchester.

We are particularly interested in Consultants with experience in General Adult, Forensic, Addictions or Psychotherapy specialisms who can deliver care in a variety of settings , enjoy team working and thinking in a psychologically informed way about this group of marginalised patients.

The Homeless Team model of delivery has now changed. Previously delivered as part of the Manchester Engagement Team, which included a City wide AOT pathway, this is now a standalone service.

The MMHHT does not now undertake CPA but offers an outreach model for assessment of mental health and referral onto mainstream mental services and/or advice to the homeless sector. Those who require managing under CPA will be referred to local CMHT.

The MMHHT has a remit to identify and engage with people who have lost contact with mainstream mental health services or have never been assessed by them. This is achieved by:

  • Maintaining a presence at sites such as hostels, GP surgeries, and homeless day centres
  • Provision of a drop in service within GP practices and day centres where assessments can be offered
  • Provision of clinical assessment and onward care plan development
  • Operating with existing multi-agency outreach teams (e.g. statutory and voluntary sector rough sleeping teams)
  • Making onward referrals to wider GMMH and mental health service as necessary
  • Making onward referrals into wider homeless system pathways

The MMHHT is able to offer a range of interventions drawing upon the multidisciplinary staff team. Some of these interventions include:

  • Mental health assessment
  • Pharmacological treatments and monitoring
  • Brief Psychological therapies (up to 20 sessions with Clinical Psychologist)
  • Support & referral / e.g. signposting for people experiencing alcohol / drug problems
  • Consultation with other individual workers and / or agencies concerning client management and interventions
  • Liaison with / referral to Adult psychiatric services
  • Referral to voluntary sector agencies (counselling etc.)  

Flexible working days –can be agreed with Lead and Team Manager

The Consultant will provide joint clinical leadership for the Mental Health and Homeless Team in conjunction with the Team Manager .The consultant will work flexibly in consultation with the team and service manager, the local Head of Operations and the Lead Consultant. In addition to the usual clinical duties associated with a post of this type, it is expected that the post- holder will take on some additional responsibilities in line with the time available, including close working with partners and stakeholders, service development work, service evaluation and a clear responsibility for service leadership in conjunction with the operational managers. (Additional PAs may be available for a Consultant seeking more Lead Consultant duties in Central Manchester.)

Clinical role

  • Undertake joint assessments of referrals/ admissions to the service where direct Consultant input required.
  • Diagnose and formulate management plans in complex presentations.
  • Provide management in treatment resistant and complex presentations
  • Assessment and management of risk including of vulnerability, suicide risk, risks to health and safety and risk of harm to others.
  • Assessment and Medical Recommendations of patients under the MHA
  • Work in a collaborative way with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Work in partnership with partner providers including the local teams, GPs, Health and Justice, Police, Probation, Substance Misuse and Homeless Health providers.
  • Active participation in referral/ liaison meetings and internal MDT meetings.

Leadership role 

  • Lead clinical decision making in the multidisciplinary team to ensure the delivery of high quality care
  • Develop service clinical priorities in line with national and professional guidance and standards
  • Engage with service transformation programmes including attendance at Consultant meetings for their service and directorate.  

Educational role

  • Provide clinical supervision for psychiatric trainees in achieving competencies in core general psychiatry. It is likely that there will be significant interest in the service from medical students, core and higher trainees, and so the post holder will be expected to provide relevant learning opportunities for trainees insofar as these can be accommodated reasonably within the service, taking into account the clinical and leadership responsibilities of the post


Please note that Job Description is currently at the approval stage with RCPsych.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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 Rosie Clarke Lead Consultant on 0161 271 0620, or Service Manager Dr Colm Gallagher on colm.gallagher@gmmh.nhs 0161 2710 288.  


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