Position title
Associate Specialist Doctor

Osa healthcare recruitment are supporting our client to recruit an Associate Specialist Doctor to provide comprehensive medical support across an eating disorder service under the direction of the responsible clinician.

The role of associate specialist / speciality doctor will also provide clinical assessment, review and evaluation to young people under the care and treatment of the hospital ensuring that all treatment plans are fully adhered to. The doctor will take a specific focus on physical health, food and fluids and risk management across the ward working closely with the ward manager, consultant and wider MDT.

The Post Holder will be working alongside Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, as well as the wider MDT of which they form an integral part. There is a regular multi-disciplinary Team meeting daily and weekly so that care and treatment is adequately planned. The team has dedicated administrative support which is based within the hospital.

Caseloads within the team are monitored through line Management and allocated based on clinical need
The core domains of the role are:

• Daily clinical assessment and monitoring of all young people
• Risk management and assessment
• Physical health assessment
• Documentation preparing for CPA’s, tribunals and ward rounds.
• Medical response duty
• On-call 1/5 to provide support for the hospital supporting a consultant on-call

Key Duties:

• Clinical assessment, formulation and treatment of young people with eating disorders CAMHS
• Ensuring an adequate handover to colleagues including out of hours when on call.
• Seeking collateral history from other professionals and family.
• Completing discharge letters/reports/s62 forms as required in a timely manner.
• Preparing First-tier Tribunal and Hospital Managers' hearing reports under the supervision of Consultant.
• Depending on your experience, providing oral evidence at First-tier Tribunal and Hospital Managers' hearings under the supervision of the Consultant.
• Contributing to the service development by participating in Clinical Governance activities by conducting audits, research and teaching.
• Work effectively with colleagues to ensure that patients have access to appropriate medical cover at all times.
• Providing prospective cover to other specialty doctors when they are on leave

Scope and accountabilities

• Provide high quality treatment under the direction of a Consultant Psychiatrist
• Assess referrals & undertake mental state examinations of service users
• Participate in weekly ward rounds & attend multidisciplinary meetings
• Attend Care Programme Approach & Section 117 meetings & mental health review tribunals
• Provide up-to-date clinical information at all meetings
• Ensure that medical decisions are implemented as planned

Audit medical services & ensure compliance with GMC & other professional guidelines
• Uphold policies & procedures and contribute to service governance & development
• Participate in the on call rota including weekend per month.
• Providing direct psychiatric services through the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and care plan and treatment formulation, guidance on evidence-based treatment and effectiveness.
• Providing psychiatrist leadership to the multidisciplinary team and clinical leadership in collaboration with the team leader. The Associate Specialist responsibilities include treatment planning and regular reviews through outpatient contact or a multidisciplinary care programme approach that comprehensively address patients’ biopsychosocial needs.
• Assuring the involvement of families and carers wherever possible with the patients consent in treatment planning.
• Participating in teaching, clinical audit, quality assurance programmes and clinical governance. Mental Health Act work as appropriate.
• Special emphasis on working within appropriate governance frameworks will be necessary in the area of the Mental Health Act (including Community Treatment Orders), Mental Capacity, choice and control and the safety of patients, carers, staff and the general community.
• The development of any other clinical interest could proceed on the basis of appropriate funding being available. The appointee will be expected to develop his or her clinical role within the framework of the Company strategy and within its financial constraints. Dedicated sessions may be available by agreement.
• Flexibility to shape and respond to changing service requirements.
• So far, as is consistent with the proper discharge of the above duties, the post holder undertakes to deputise from time to time for absent colleagues. They may be asked to perform additional duties in occasional emergencies and unforeseen circumstances. The post holder undertakes exceptionally to be available for such irregular commitments outside normal duties as are essential for continuity of patient care.


• Full GMC registration
• AC approved (if associate specialist)
• Experience working in psychiatry within multi-disciplinary teams
• To be in good standing with the Royal College of Psychiatrists
• To have had an appraisal/RITA within the last year
• At least 3 years' experience in Psychiatry
• Experience working as a doctor within similar environment
• MRCPsych (desirable)
• Section 12 (2) approval (desirable)
• AC status (desirable)
• A minimum of 4 years in the registrar or staff grade and/or specialty doctor grade and/or in the clinical and/or senior clinical medical officer grades, at least 2 of which working within Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
• A minimum of 10 years medical work (either a continuous period or in aggregate) since obtaining a primary medical qualification which is (or would at the time have been) acceptable by the GMC for full, limited or temporary (but not provisional) registration.
• The candidate should have substantial and relevant clinical experience.
• Sound medical skills and knowledge.
• Understanding of the importance of excellent team working relationships and ability to put this into practice.
• Knowledge of appropriate medical, pharmacological
• Full registration with the General Medical Council (or eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment);
• MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
• Eligible to work in the UK.
• MRCP or equivalent medical qualification or equivalent higher psychiatric qualification. Approval (or eligible for approval) under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Ac
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Being able to write procedure documents (standard operating procedures for administrative functions)
• Commitment to maintenance and development of medical leadership.
• Excellent communicate skills, diplomacy and tact.
• Efficiency in clinical work.
• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary fashion with teams and other disciplines. Ability to work independently, methodically and safely.
• Fully GMC registered & MBBS (or equivalent) qualified
• Experienced within a mental health setting
• Able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Knowledgeable of mental health legislation & codes of practice
• An excellent clinical decision maker, with sound judgement & ability to manage risk
• A first-rate communicator who can interview, assess & treat patients & write clear, comprehensive medical notes
• Committed to continued professional development
• Preferably approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act & a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or equivalent
• Experienced and proficient in all Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Our client follows safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is a requirement that all staff understand it is each person’s individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. All staff will also be subjected to an enhanced DBS disclosure when working with Children and vulnerable adults

Employment Type
Job Location
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 6NN
Base Salary
£65000-£75000 Per year
Date posted
November 2, 2020
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