Locum Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry

Main area
General Adult Psychiatry
Consultant Psychiatrist
20 months (Fixed Term until end of March 2025)
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Callington Road Hospital and Brunswick Square
£88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Salary period
10/10/2023 23:59

Job overview

We are looking for a Consultant Rehabilitation Psychiatrist to join the rehabilitation inpatient and community teams in Bristol.  This is an exciting new role and has been created as part of development of these services in line with local needs assessment and national work on providing enhanced local services for people with complex mental health difficulties.

The two rehabilitation services in Bristol are Alder unit, a ten bedded open rehabilitation ward at Callington Road Hospital, and the Bristol Community Rehabilitation Service, a partnership service led by Second Step and based in St Pauls, working with people across the city.

This is an opportunity to work with two established and well run services that offer care to people with some of the most complex long term mental health conditions. Both services are closely aligned to national guidance for rehabilitation services and offer a full multidisciplinary approach with a strong recovery focus.

We welcome interest from psychiatrists with a diverse range of experiences to join our existing two consultant psychiatrists. We are both active in training, involved in research, and passionate about continuing service development. 

Main duties of the job

The prime responsibility of the post is to work jointly with the two existing job share consultants to provide full cover across the working week to the rehabilitation services. This includes direct and indirect clinical care, supervision of junior staff, consultative work with colleagues and other teams, and psychiatric leadership alongside other senior roles in the services.

To deliver direct clinical interventions, including with those who require an assertive approach to rehabilitation and where there are barriers to engaging. This will include on-going assessment, diagnostic review and treatment of mental and related physical health needs.

Providing clinical expertise and leadership in the care of patients, including through ward round reviews, CPA, MHA and MCA frameworks, professionals meetings and working with families and carers wherever possible in treatment planning.

Support rehabilitation services to maintain a strong recovery focus, including at transition points along the rehabilitation pathway.

Provide leadership in the development of rehabilitation services in line with national best practice, guidance, and accredited standards.

The post is expected to participate in collaborative medical cover arrangements including appropriate medical cover for extended hours/on call.

We are looking for a skilled rehabilitation specialist with the passion and focus to deliver excellent care and the leadership skills to enable service development in a complex system of care.

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 with Rehabilitation Psychiatry endorsement
  • CCT in General Adult Psychiatry


Essential criteria
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in a community and Inpatient setting.
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement
Desirable criteria
  • Specific rehabilitation service experience, including in assessing, treating and managing complex psychosis, and working effectively across systems of care to support recovery
  • Experience of partnership working

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 Adults of working age and to deal with crisis situations.
  • Specific skills in working with people with long term conditions, treatment-resistance, and multiple co-morbidities across a range of therapeutic modalities


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.
  • Thorough working knowledge of the MHA, MCA and related legislation, with specific experience of Responsible Clinician role in inpatient and community orders, both civil and forensic sections, DoLS, and Consent to Treatment arrangements.


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
  • Understand principles of 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 leadership experience in service design, development, or service transition
  • Higher skills in risk management, including formal training in assessment tools, forensic experience, or evidence of positive risk taking approaches with people with SEMI

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 William Hall
Job title
Consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist
Email address
Telephone number
07876 475100
Additional information

Dr Phillip Charles

Medical Lead




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