Locum Specialty Doctor - Specialised Services (Offender Health)

Main area
Prison Psychiatry
Locum Specialty Doctor
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time - 8 sessions per week
Job ref
Bybrook Lodge
£52,530 - £82,400 per annum pro rata
Salary period
28/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

The role of the post holder within the Prison Mental Health Service will be to work alongside a substantive, part-time Consultant Psychiatrist (0.6 WTE) in providing medical input to the prison community mental health team.

The post holder is expected to provide specialist assessment and management recommendations for patients, and to provide clinical support to the mental health/wellbeing teams. 

The psychiatrists within the team do not carry individual caseloads as such but will be expected to jointly manage patients with the allocated registered practitioner from the team, until such time as psychiatric involvement is no longer clinically indicated. 

The post holder will be expected to provide clinical supervision, but not line management, to the team’s non-medical prescribers and junior doctors.

Substance misuse care is provided by AWP (psychosocial) and PPG (clinical aspects). 

The post holder will not be expected to undertake any substitute prescribing.  Physical health assessment and monitoring of patients is provided by GP and primary care colleagues (in the form of both Unscheduled and Planned Care Teams) from PPG. 

Mental health act aspects of this role relate to patients that require transfer from prison to psychiatric hospital under Part III of the act or patients that require ‘civil’ assessments, under Part II, at the point of their release from the prison.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will deliver direct interventions to service users at a level of intensity according to need including those service users who require an assertive approach who are difficult to engage. This will include on-going assessment, diagnoses (including review and clarification) and treatment of mental and physical health needs.
  • To provide advice to members of the multi-disciplinary prison community mental health team, including through regular attendance at the weekly Team MDT meetings.
  • To hold CPA meetings for clients in need of secondary care.
  • To visit patients on the prison wings, with the support of a member of the mental health team, if the client is unable to attend Pathways (a Unit akin to a GP practice within the prison) if clinically indicated.
  • To liaise with other parts of the service and GPs and non NHS organisations wherever applicable.
  • To liaise with the Community and Inpatient services as appropriate to facilitate the smooth handover of clients between services.
  • To assess clients for s47 / s48 Mental Health Act transfers and to complete medical recommendations as clinically indicated.
  • To actively participate in team and personal caseload management and supervision.
  • To attend s117 pre discharge planning meetings for those being remitted to prison.
  • To attend MAPPA meetings as clinically indicated.
  • To provide day-to-day clinical supervision for the F2 and CT3

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.

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
  • Basic Medical Qualification (MBBS or equivalent)
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Section 12 Approval


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice, or eligible for full registration with the GMC at the time of confirmaiton of appointment
  • 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
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in custodial/prison/Forensic settings.


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
  • Awareness of current issues in prison mental health service provision, policy and legislation
  • Up to date knowledge of issues in Mental Health Service for this specialty

Teaching Skills

Essential criteria
  • Commitment to teaching other members of the multi-disciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • PGCME or equivalent/aspiration to attain a postgraduate teaching qualification

Research and Audit

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

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
Consultant Psychiatrist & Medical Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01249 767851
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 or to arrange a visit to the hospital or community facilities please contact:

Dr Charlotte Illingworth - c.illingworth@nhs.net

Dr Panos Prevezanos - panos.prevezanos@nhs.net 

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