Locum Specialty Doctor - Bristol Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service

Main area
Addiction Psychiatry/BSDAS/Specialised
Locum Specialty Doctor
12 months (Fixed term contract 2nd August 2023 - 6th August 2024)
Full time, 10 PA's per week
Job ref
Campbell House
£51,000 - £80,000 £51,000 - £80,000 per annum
Salary period
04/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Locum Specialty Doctor in Addiction Psychiatry

Bristol Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service (BSDAS)

Applications are invited for the post of Locum Specialty Doctor in Addiction Psychiatry at the Bristol Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service (BSDAS).

The post is a fixed-term contract from 2nd August 2023 to 6th August 2024, and will be based at the Campbell House, Bridewell and Acer Unit sites in central Bristol.

Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drug Service) provides treatment for people who use alcohol and drugs and is delivered by several partnership organisations. It aims to provide quality treatment that will enable service users to make positive changes and re-integrate within their local communities for long term recovery.

BSDAS is an NHS service within ROADS that offers both rapid assessment and evidence-based treatment interventions include specialist pharmacological and psychological interventions, group work, and community and inpatient detoxification.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team to provide medical support to the team. Duties include assessing new referrals, prescribing opiate substitution treatment, supporting community and inpatient detoxes and providing input into treatment care plans.

This is a well-supported post and would suit both career psychiatrists on a break from training rotations or GP/General Medicine trainees wishing to gain some experience in substance misuse psychiatry.

You must have completed at least 4 years’ full time post graduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis), at least 2 years of which has been in Psychiatry. You should demonstrate 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

Qualifications and Eligibility

Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration with licence to practice or eligible to be included on the register.
  • MB BS (or equivalent)
  • Completed at least four years’ full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a specialty training programme in Psychiatry or as a fixed term specialty trainee in Psychiatry; or shall have equivalent experience and competencies
Desirable criteria
  • Section 12 Approval
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to manage own time and workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Ability to appraise own performance
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of specific achievements that demonstrate leadership skills


Essential criteria
  • Up to date knowledge of issues in Mental Health Service for this specialty.


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to teaching other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
Desirable criteria
  • Teaching of undergraduate students

Research & Audit

Essential criteria
  • Ability to critically appraise published research.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project.
Desirable criteria
  • Interest in research
  • Experience in involvement in a research project and publication.

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 Ben Watson
Job title
Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist
Telephone number
0117 919 2345
Additional information

Dr Ben Watson

Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist

Bristol Specialist Drug & Alcohol Service

Tel: 0117 919 2345 

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