• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job overview

Consultant Psychiatrist (Perinatal
Mental Health Service)
Salary: In accordance with Terms and Conditions of Service of the Consultant
Contract (2003)
Location: Argyll House, 9 Williamson Road, Sheffield, S11 9AR
Hours: 10 PAs
Post Ref: 457-21-3382013

Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust (SHSC) is delighted to be able to advertise for a permanent Consultant Psychiatrist to join the Sheffield Perinatal Mental Health (PNMH) Service. SHSC is the lead provider in a partnership ICS service model with our fellow provider RDaSH (Rotherham, Doncaster, and South Humber Trust) and our charity partner Light Pre and Post Natal Support. This post will only work into Sheffield / SHSC. 

Applicants must hold full registration with the General Medical Council and must be on or eligible to be on the specialist register in general adult psychiatry.

Main duties of the job

PNMH is a growing specialist service for women with mental health problems around the time of having a baby, and their families. This is an exciting development in the leadership of our service. You will need to be an experienced, suitably qualified, and registered Consultant Psychiatrist with a real passion for and commitment to NICE concordant perinatal mental health care. You should have attained a level of experience proportionate to the competencies detailed in the job description and possess the skills as detailed in the person specification. Relationships across the service and with key stakeholders (midwifery, health visiting, GP’s, commissioners etc) are vitally important to us, and we are looking for a candidate with a skilled, reflective, and positive approach to building effective and collaborative working relationships.

Working for our organisation

Consultants joining Sheffield Health and Social Care trust feel welcomed, valued, and secure in the knowledge that they have a stable, well established, and supportive environment in which to work. The Perinatal Service has good staff retention, healthy team relationships and a stable leadership team who will welcome and support the successful candidate.

Work life balance is extremely important when picking a consultant post. Sheffield has affordable housing, good state, and private education options available plus all the benefits of a modern large city. Most of all, Sheffield is surrounded by the beautiful “Peak District National Park”. The Peak District can be accessed by a 15-minute drive from most areas in Sheffield. This offers residents in Sheffield easy reach of beautiful countryside in which to relax and unwind.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This role will form a central part of the service’s leadership team who are collectively responsible for delivery on the requirements and ambitions for Perinatal Mental Health Services as laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan and within our commissioning arrangements. Supporting the governance and development of the service will be a core function of the role. We are looking for a consultant who meets the Trusts expectations around values, behaviours, and standards.

You will be responsible for helping to lead the Multi-Disciplinary team in further developing evidence based, trauma-informed assessment and treatment pathways to offer women and their families. We operate from biopsychosocial, and attachment orientated frameworks of understanding and medical leadership is a vital component of our service.

Additionally, the successful candidate may wish to develop a role within medical leadership, medical education, quality improvement or a special clinical interest and such development would be supported by the trust and be negotiated with the individual candidate.

We provide a flexible service that meets the needs of women and their families. Appointments are offered in several locations across the region and care is tailored to the needs of the families we work with. As we work with a clinical population who are more vulnerable to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, our ability and willingness to be flexible with regards where care is delivered is essential.

Additionally, there are some leadership activities and duties within this role, which require frequent attendance at the team base. Your application should indicate your understanding of these work role requirements. The trust has a range of policies and practices to help protect you at work.

Our operational hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. As our service provides urgent and emergency assessments, some flexibility with regards working hours may be needed on rare occasions to ensure patient safety.

What is on offer:
Attractive remuneration package.
Flexible relocation package.
Study leave of 30 days over 3 years with a study leave budget of £1500 per annum.
A strong ethos on learning and development for medical staff.
Annual Clinical Excellence Awards.
Excellent staff benefits, e.g., salary sacrifice schemes.
Flexible working and less than full time applications supported.

All consultants are expected to take part in the on-call rota, which due to being low frequency
and supported by a full trainee and a registrar rota is remunerated at 1%.

Opportunities exist within the trust for Doctors to help develop mental health services in Uganda with the Gulu Sheffield mental health partnership. Staff working in SHSC have access to a unique opportunity to travel to Uganda with the partnership and work with Mental Health teams in Africa.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Certificate of Completion of Training in General Adult Psychiatry (ST6 trainees should be within six months of attainment at the time of the interview) or CESR equivalent.
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register or eligibility for inclusion.
  • Section 12, AC/RC approved.
  • Desirable criteria

  • MRCPsych or equivalent.
  • MD, Other professional qualification (e.g. MSc)
  • Coaching training
  • Leadership training
  • Training in evidence-based interventions for Perinatal Mental Health patients
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Experience working with women in the perinatal period
  • Experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Evidence of experience in medical audit and understanding of principles of clinical governance
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience as a Consultant Psychiatrist in a Perinatal Mental Health Service
  • Experience working with parent-infant relationships.
  • Experience leading a community mental health service.
  • Teaching/presentation experience (e.g., conference presentation, EBM, research experience) to a range of audiences.
  • Experience networking and building collaborative working relationships across a range of stakeholders / other clinical specialisms to improve patient care pathways and experience.
  • Knowledge & Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Passion and skill in the engagement of distressed and traumatised female patients and their families.
  • Collaborative, inclusive and service user focused approach to assessment and formulation / diagnosis
  • Clear, evidence-based approach to risk assessment and management.
  • Ability to appraise complex, multi-faceted information from various sources and bring together into a shared, coherent understanding.
  • Creative and collaborative approach to planning and delivering interventions and care plans.
  • Strong, compassionate leadership skills.
  • Ability to supervise and proactively lead junior staff.
  • Ability to interpret published research and to apply research findings to clinical practice.
  • Trauma informed clinical approach.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Expert in prescribing in the perinatal period.
  • Leadership training / knowledge.
  • Experience of involvement in service development.
  • Practical experience of research.
  • Safeguarding expert.
  • We aim to be an organisation that is diverse and inclusive and to meet this aim we welcome applications from people with a wide range of life experience and whose diversity echoes the diversity of Sheffield, that of the people who use our services, and that of the people who may need to use our services but face barriers to access. Please think about your personal values and how these align with our values when you are applying. Find out more about our organisation through our website.

    We are a Disability Confident employer level 2 and hope to achieve level 3 this year. We offer a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for a role. When you apply you will have the opportunity to let us know if you require adjustments to be made, please contact us if you are not sure or if you require adjustments to the application process itself.

    Our six staff network groups welcome new members, these are:

  • The BAME Staff Network Group
  • The Disabled Staff Network Group
  • The Lived Experience Staff Network Group
  • The Rainbow Staff Network Group
  • The Carers Staff Network Group
  • The Women’s Staff Network Group
  • We know how important flexible working can be to applicants and therefore we encourage you to discuss any working arrangements as part of this process. We will always aim to accommodate requests, wherever possible.

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

    When applying for this post you will redirected to complete your application in our preferred applicant management system, Trac. If you are successfully offered a role, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. In addition, in submitting an application, you authorise our Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed.

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