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General adult psychiatry
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time
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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
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Birch Hill Hospital Rochdale OL12 9QB
£ pro rata where appropriate
23/04/2019 23:59
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Consultant Psychiatrist Access Team-Rochdale

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

About the Trust

We are proud to provide high quality mental health, learning disability and community services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

Our vision is to enable a happier and more hopeful life for each and every person within our communities.

Our 5,500 staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care and we receive excellent feedback from our patients. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we are a great place to work. 

Many of our staff and teams have brought home high profile national and regional awards and we are privileged that some of the most talented professionals in the country choose to work for us. This includes some prominent national mental health experts.

We are one of the first NHS organisations in the country to launch a Just Culture approach. This aims to get to the heart of what, not who, was responsible for an error.

Instead of blaming staff for honest errors, we will support them to come forward and share their experiences to allow lessons to be learned.

We also offer a dedicated staff wellbeing service. This provides lots of help and support for staff experiencing mild to moderate psychological difficulties that are impacting on their work.

Pennine Care is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce.

Our ambition is to work together to promote an all-inclusive environment which attracts all candidates and signals our ongoing commitment to both celebrate and promote diversity. We encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

As a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria at each stage of the selection process.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and developing the Trust as a Great Place to Work.  We offer the a range of family friendly inclusive employment policies and services to support our staff from different backgrounds. In addition we offer the following benefits: 

  • 27 days annual leave rising to 29 (after 5 years) and 33 (after 10 years) plus 8 bank holidays- pro rata
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • A dedicated Staff Wellbeing Service
  • Annual personal development review and support for continual personal and professional development
    A number of NHS discounts across retail, leisure and travel
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff Discount with Stagecoach and First Buses

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

Future plans

We are currently developing our future strategy, which will focus on providing the highest quality mental health and learning disability services.

As part of this, our community (physical health) services in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Trafford will be moving to new NHS provider organisations in 2019.

We have been very proud to run community (physical health) services over the last seven years, but we believe there are other provider organisations better positioned to enable these community services to achieve more for the benefit of local people. We are working closely with our staff and colleagues in the new provider organisations to ensure the smoothest possible transfer.

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit a full time consultant psychiatrist for the Access team in the Rochdale borough. This is a new post that has been created on the background of additional funding being made available to improve the interface between primary and secondary mental health services, and the local integration of health and social services. 

The post holder will be based at Birch Hill Hospital, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. The office will be at the Psychiatric Outpatient's department. Rochdale operates an Inpatient-Outpatient model (New Ways of Working) and is staffed by 7 full-time Consultants in Adult Psychiatry, 1 in Intellectual disabilty and 2 old age consultants. Each Consultant has junior medical staff attached to them.( HEENW training scheme)

Role summary
This is an exciting time to join the trust and there are many opportunities to contribute to the organization's development and to look at service redesign models. The role is to support colleagues working in the team in the assessment, initial management, referral and signposting of patients referred from primary care. This will include consultation, supervision and education of other non-medical members of the team, and also direct assessment of patients who may be more complex or who are most likely to benefit from medical expertise. It is a full time post and with a contract of 10 programmed activities.

Rochdale has a very strong teaching commitment and candidates will be expected to contribute to the teaching of medical and nursing staff. There are close links to ongoing research projects. The consultants contribute to local service user groups.

Key Responsibilities of the post
Providing clinical leadership to the Access team. Assisting the Access team in the screening  of new referrals by providing advice and supervision to Access team colleagues. Carrying out direct assessments of patients where necessary. Provide telephone and written advice to GP colleagues. Collaborative working with a variety of health, social care and 3rd sector partners. 

Key Requirements of the person specification
Applicants must be on the GMC's Specialist Register or eligible for inclusion or be within 3 month's of the anticipated award of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in General Adult Psychiatry at the time of interview for the post.




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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 Ema Etuk
Lead Consultant
Psychiatric Outpatient's department
Birch Hill Hospital
Rochdale OL12 9QB


Caroline McCann

Associate Director Rochdale

Mental Health Offices

Birch Hill Hospital


OL12 9RD

Tel: 01706 676057  

FAX 01706 676070