Consultant Psychiatrist - Addiction Psychiatry

Main area
Addiction Psychiatry
Consultant Psychiatrist
Part time - 7 sessions per week (7 PA's per week)
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Acer Unit, Southmead Hospital
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum pro rata
Salary period
27/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

We are seeking a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist to join the Acer inpatient detoxification unit in Bristol and to provide medical support to Dorset Specialist Drug and Alcohol Services (SDAS) and the Specialised Southwest Gambling Harms Service. This substantive post has become vacant due to the current incumbent retiring.

It is an exciting and innovative post and has been developed to extend the medical support offered by the service, which is developing rapidly in response to national and local treatment strategies with the aim of providing more seamless addiction treatment and support.

The Acer unit is an NHS addictions inpatient detox and stabilization unit based on the Southmead Hospital site in Bristol. There are 5 beds currently commissioned by Public Health Bristol.

The Dorset community SDAS team is part of the wider drug and alcohol system commissioned by Public Health Dorset and is responsible for the specialist prescribing element of drug and alcohol treatment.

AWP have recently been commissioned to develop a new Specialised Southwest Gambling Harms Service to provide support and treatment for people who want help with their gambling. This service will offer specialist psychological interventions that will be trauma informed and provided by both NHS and voluntary sector partners. 

Main duties of the job

WP Specialist Drug and Alcohol Services aim to provide high quality treatment that will enable service users to make positive changes and re-integrate within their local communities for long term recovery.

The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team to provide clinical leadership and senior medical support to services, which are developing rapidly in response to national and local treatment strategies.

This will include involvement in ward rounds and MDTs as well as providing clinical supervision to other doctors and non-medical prescribers. In the Gambling Harms Service this will involve providing consultative medical input to support the clinical psychologists, which would be an innovative role and key to developing and implementing the service.

You should demonstrate enthusiasm and excellent communication skills and show you can work collaboratively in a team.

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g MD,PHD,Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • 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
  • CCT in General Adult Psychiatry


Essential criteria
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in an addiction setting.

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to assess and treat psychiatric problems in persons with addictive disorders and to deal with crisis situations


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of alternatives to inpatient admission care approaches.


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
  • Understand principles of teaching.

Research and Audit

Essential criteria
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Panos Prevezanos
Job title
Medical Lead, AWP Specialised Services
Email address
Telephone number
07514 915422
Additional information

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with any interested candidates prior to the interviews or submission of an application. 

To discuss the post further and arrange to visit the team base please contact:

Dr Panos Prevezanos


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