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Consultant Psychiatrist - Single Point of Access and Urgent Care


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Full time - 10 sessions per week
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£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
15/12/2022 23:59


Job overview

We are looking for dynamic, motivated Consultant Psychiatrist to lead a new service within a new Urgent Care and Single Point of Access Team.

The 24/7 model comprises of 4 key components to ensure that service users, carers and referrers receive an efficient and timely response when accessing mental health services or seeking advice, support or signposting to appropriate services to support mental health needs.

The post holder would NOT carry responsibility for S136 /S135 management, CRHT, but may be required to give advice to practioners on the 24/7 mental health support line, during working hours. This may include advice on risk management, medical advice, signposting and urgency of assessment.

Main duties of the job

Act as the single point of access into all secondary adult mental health services, 24/7, 7 days a week.

Work to agreed thresholds for entry into secondary adult mental health services across MCFT

Robustly triage all calls and referrals, ensuring that patients are only referred onto secondary mental health services, where there is an assessed need for that service

Adhere to clear timeframes for assessment of accepted referrals.

Signpost/direct referrals to other appropriate services and to work with partner organisations in doing this.

Aim to reduce DNA rates for both initial and follow up appointments

Assessment of complex new patients

Joint assessment and follow up with ANPs / practioners after initial assessment 

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.
Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.
Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

While primarily responsible for delivering a quality clinical service, the consultant is also expected to be actively involved in the strategic development of the team as part of wider community mental health services of the Local Division.

While primarily responsible for delivering a quality clinical service, the consultant psychiatrist is also expected to be actively involved in taking a strategic lead in on-going developments and support the Trust’s strategic aims of delivering “Perfect Care”.

The post holder will be included in the on-call rota for Liverpool. This is a rolling and involves daytime cover. The rota is presently 1 in 15.

The Trust is committed to the provision of effective seven day care and endorses the Royal College of Psychiatrists support of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges paper Seven Day Consultant Present Care and the Government’s stance on this issue. There is a 1% supplement available for the on call banding.


Consultant psychiatrist responsibility for their caseload

To supervise and support team members who carry out assessments of patients referred to the team.

To carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide treatment for patients.

Supporting staff to manage psychiatric emergencies  

To conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews, CPA reviews and multi-professional meetings

To be the responsible clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and carry out duties in accordance to the code of practice.

To carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and participate in Trust’s risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings (H-RAMM) and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) Meetings

To provide medical leadership to the team.


Maintain high level of effective communication with other parts of the Mental health service across the Trust

Liaison with families / carers

Liaison with aspects of the Criminal Justice System regarding patients.

Liaising with other stakeholders and interested parties.

The post holder will be expected to maintain effective communication with Access services, community mental health teams, and primary care.  


Programmed activity time will allow for management and audit of the service and reporting of audit programmes.

Regular stakeholder meetings if required

Partnership Forums involving service user representatives and advocacy

Involvement with critical incident / serious untoward incident reporting and response

Protocol development

Attendance at twice monthly Consultants meetings


Direct supervision of junior medical staff

Role in in-house MDT training / education sessions

Education of other services / professions with relation to CMHT (including all stakeholders)

Participation in Research and Clinical Audit

Service development  

Work with service development and transformation within the Trust

Please see job description for further details.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent
  • Additional clinical qualifications.


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
Desirable criteria
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice


Essential criteria
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative
  • Non Drivers due to disability will be supported via access to work scheme


Essential criteria
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty of General Adult Psychiatry
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Ability to work constructively in and to lead a multidisciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service


Essential criteria
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit
Desirable criteria
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes,
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)CTP The Ministry of Defence partnering with Right ManagementStep into health

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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Further details / informal visits contact

Mark Barsoum
Job title
Deputy Clinical Director
Email address
Telephone number
0151 7024012

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