Locum Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

NHS National Services Scotland
Glasgow City Centre
£70,000 - £99,999
21 Oct 2020
26 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Part Time


Applications are invited for a locum 8 PA session consultant forensic learning disability psychiatrist post within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Directorate of Forensic Mental Health and Learning Disabilities to cover from November 2020 until early January 2021 when a newly appointed substantive takes up post.
This post is open to those with either a Forensic Psychiatry or Learning Disability CCT and comprises of 8 Programmed Activities; it is advertised due to the phased retirement of the previous post-holder.

The low secure learning disability service at Leverndale Hospital is based in Campsie House (9 male beds) with additional beds available in the pre-discharge unit (Boulevard Ward). There is a full multi-disciplinary team including psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, pharmacy and experienced nursing staff. The unit runs a home-style model of care to promote the rehabilitation of the patients.
In addition, the post currently includes one sessions providing visiting psychiatrist input to prisons within NHS GGC.
The forensic learning disability service is part of the larger forensic low secure service at Leverndale Hospital. In total this offers 53 forensic beds across 5 wards for men and women with mental illness or learning disability and forensic needs. A new male low secure ward is being developed and will hopefully be based off the Leverndale site to allow for the return of patients in out of area placements who may not be able to be managed at Leverndale Hospital.

In addition to the low secure service, The Forensic Directorate includes established 2 forensic community mental health teams and 1 forensic community learning disability team covering the Health Board area; and medium secure care at Rowanbank Clinic, a 74 bed purpose built unit at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, which covers the West of Scotland region and hosts the national medium secure learning disability service.

On call responsibilities cover forensic psychiatry only as well as providing supervision to Higher trainees covering the local sheriff court diversion scheme. These duties are shared with other consultant forensic psychiatrist colleagues on a 1:13 rota. Successful candidates will be encouraged to maintain or develop special interests as part of their professional and career development. This could include a specific subspecialty outpatient clinic or an academic role between the service and the university department. Each post holder will have medical secretarial support. Core and specialist trainees are also attached on placement to the forensic service and placements are also offered to undergraduate medical students as part of their psychiatry teaching. There are active education and audit programmes within the service.

Applicants must have full registration with the General Medical Council, a licence to practice and be eligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register. Those trained in the UK should have evidence of Higher Specialist Training leading to a CCT in Forensic Psychiatry or Learning Disability Psychiatry, or eligibility for specialist registration (CESR); or be within six months of confirmed entry at the date of interview. Non-UK applicants must demonstrate equivalent training.