Consultant Psychiatrist - Assessment & Recovery, Bristol

Main area
Assessment & Recovery South
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Petherton Resource Centre
£96,333 - £126,281 per annum
Salary period
10/10/2023 23:59

Job overview

Are you passionate about delivering sustainable, high quality community mental health services?

We are looking for a Consultant who shares our vision for improved mental health care.   We are committed to improving the lives of the people we serve with compassion, respect and dignity.   We aspire to provide the best possible care in the right place, at the right time, to help our service-users recover and live a fulfilled life.

The AWP Assessment and Recovery teams are currently based at Petherton Resource Centre, Speedwell Centre and Greenways Centre.   The Assessment and Recovery (A&R) Service part of the service delivery is provided by Mental Health Bristol, a formal partnership of local providers of health and social care in Bristol including AWP.  

This is a full time post based with the Bristol South Mental Health Assessment & Recovery service at the Petherton Resource Centre, Bristol.

The Assessment and Recovery services are structured to increase the amount of ‘contacts’ staff have with service users, to improve access to the service by integration within communities and GP settings. They provide a service for all adults over the age of 18, and in transition from CAMHS, except those who are only diagnosed with dementia. The service operates from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year. 



Main duties of the job

Each Assessment and Recovery Team is divided into 3 clusters according to GP populations.  As the post holder you will hold medical responsibility within a specific cluster and will work closely with around 5-6 GP practices.

You will be expected to undertake 2 new assessments and 2 medical follow up assessments per week (WTE) to support the assessment function of the team. In addition, on average per week there are about 10 Recovery medical appointments, arranged in 2 clinic blocks (allowing a degree of flexibility).

The doctors are integral members and clinical leaders of the team and comprise 3.0 WTE General Adult Consultants, 0.6 WTE Later Life Consultant, 1 WTE SAS doctor, 1 WTE Crisis Consultant.   The team embraces the multidisciplinary approach integrating Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, mental health workers and Recovery Navigators with a total of about 70 within the team. There is 1 Non-Medical Prescriber in the team, who holds dedicated clinics.

The team regularly has an F2, core trainees, higher trainees and medical students making for a strong, friendly and lively medical base within the 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
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months of gaining CCT
  • 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 a community setting.
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement

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
  • Ability to appraise own performance as a Consultant.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills

Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to assess and treat psychiatric problems in Adults of working age 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.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience as an Educational Supervisor for trainees

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.
Desirable criteria
  • Previous management experience including that of other junior medical staff

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 Ivan Nikolov
Job title
Bristol Medical Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01275 796200
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