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Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, CMHT and Memory Clinic


Main area
Old Age Psychiatry
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Barnet Hospital
£82,096 - £110,683 pro rata
Salary period
Session by session
02/12/2021 23:59

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust is responsible for providing mental health services for people of all ages across the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, as well as providing some specialist services across the whole of North London and beyond. Since January 2011, the Trust also provides adult and children’s community health services in Enfield, following the transfer of Enfield Community Services from NHS Enfield. 

Please note - Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust will only accept on-line application forms.

Job overview

This is a substantive position which has become available due to the retirement of a longstanding consultant and is with one of four community teams within the older adult service in Barnet. Our community consultants also work within the Barnet Memory Service and will have an active role in supporting the service and its ongoing MSNAP accreditation. 

In line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the Community Mental Health Framework laid out by NHS England the Trust is taking part in a large transformation programme across North Central London looking to integrate the care delivered for mental health problems more closely based around place.  Within Barnet we have a well-established Programme Board which is rapidly building the vision for how these new services will operate. We will be looking for you to partner and lead on this transformation. 

Main duties of the job

It is important to note that the team as described within the job description document will be subject to change through this Transformation and we will be looking for you to be closely involved in helping shape what comes next.

The Consultant will provide leadership and supervision for a multidisciplinary community mental health team (CMHT) for older people and will work closely with Barnet Memory Service (BMS), providing clinical input to that service.

The Consultant will have responsibility for the diagnostic assessment and treatment of older adult psychiatric patients from the designated catchment area referred to and accepted by the service. Outpatient clinics and domiciliary visits in the community will constitute the majority of the direct clinical care provided by the Consultant. 

Working for our organisation

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS), rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. This service treats and cares for people within the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions.

We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services and mental health liaison services in North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust.
Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining us.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To ensure the timely assessment, treatment and follow up of elderly people with psychiatric disorders who require the intervention of our specialist services
  • To promote mental health and independence for elderly people
  • To provide clinical and professional leadership in the service
  • To provide support to carers and relatives of elderly people with Mental Disorders
  • To take part in management activities related to the post, or the wider service within which it is embedded
  • To comply with all legal obligations covering clinical practice e.g. MHA (1983) and MCA (2005)

For full details of the role please refer to the job description. 

Person specification

Qualifications & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council UK
  • On the General Medical Council Specialist Register or within six months of obtaining a CCT
  • Training and clinical expertise in assessment, diagnosis and management of older (≥65) adults with functional, organic and mental disorders
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and Safeguarding Procedures
  • Excellent clinical skills with experience of Community Psychiatric assessments
  • Section 12 MHA Approved and an Approved Clinician
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK or equivalent
  • Additional degree or equivalent
  • Registered for the Continuing Professional Development Programme of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK
  • Membership of a Medical Defence Organisation
  • Experience in teaching with ability to use a wide range of teaching techniques and audio-visual aids
  • Clinical supervision skills training
  • Research Experience

Management & Audit

Essential criteria
  • Experience of medical audit / Quality Improvement projects
  • Management skills
Desirable criteria
  • Management qualification
  • Understanding of contracting, finance and activity monitoring

Service Development

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of leadership
  • Negotiation skills
  • Understanding of equal opportunities and appropriate training
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in developing a service component
  • Demonstrable record of clinical leadership

IT Experience & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Experience in data gathering and management
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use e-mail and internet
Desirable criteria
  • Familiarity with electronic recording systems

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the NHS
  • Highest level of integrity
  • Capacity to respond positively to the constantly changing NHS environment
Desirable criteria
  • UK Driving Licence
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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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Gil Kovac
Job title
Operational Medical Lead
Email address
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