Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation

Main area
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Broadway Health Park
£88,364 - £119,133 Per Annum
Salary period
07/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Are you an experience Rehabilitation Consultant looking for a new challenge? Or possibly a higher trainee/overseas doctor looking for further progression?

We are in search for a Consultant Psychiatrist to join our rehabilitation team to work equally across Willow Ward, our inpatient rehabilitation facility and our new developing Community Rehabilitation Team, an exciting new offering from Somerset NHS FT in partnership with our Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE colleagues)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, alongside our VCSE partnership alliance, have been forward thinking in combining our inpatient rehabilitation facility with our newly developing Community Rehabilitation Service, allowing for a responsive, dynamic and flexible approach to patients requiring rehabilitation.

This is a full-time post based at various placements across the county. The service is actively considering full time working over four days to enhance the working lives of consultants. We will also consider partly remote working again to ensure the wellbeing of our consultants. You will have an office, access to a laptop and mobile, along with dedicated administrative and secretarial support.  You will also work with a full multi-disciplinary team and provide clinical leadership input.

Main duties of the job

Willow Ward is an 11-bed inpatient rehabilitation ward which provides a county wide service for female and male adults who require a high level of support and intensive rehabilitation; this is due to severe and enduring complex mental health conditions. These patients may also have one or more of the following, cognitive impairments associated with their illness, coexisting mental health conditions such as substance misuse, pre-existing neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and physical health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or pulmonary conditions. Together these complex problems affect a person’s social and everyday functioning. Willow Ward accepts referrals from both inpatient services and community, and patients on the ward are both subject to the Mental Health Act or voluntary patients.

Willow Ward also provides a service to those people who have a primary diagnosis of a non-psychotic illness. Willow Ward will give appropriate advice/assessment/treatment and support patients in the mental health services and identify appropriate placements and or support packages for people with other mental health diagnoses or neurodevelopmental disorders.

Working for our organisation

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts. 

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Our vision is that the new service will offer longer-term support for people, considering the need for a whole-system approach which holistically addresses both physical and mental health care as well as wider social, and housing, needs. This will be person centred and needs-led and will support individuals to ensure that they do not experience a ‘cliff edge’ when they transition into, out of, and between, services.

The service will need to be linked in with Open Mental Health and the Recovery College, as well as existing SFT teams including inpatient services, AOT, Dual Diagnosis and the Home Treatment Team. There will also need to be a clear housing and accommodation strategy which considers the need to be flexible based on client need.

In addition, the Community Rehab service will need to link with services and providers outside of SFT, for example Somerset County Council, District Councils, other VCSE providers and primary care.

There will be a commitment to open and honest communication within system partner interactions and with service users.


Person specification

Qualifications & Experience

Essential criteria
  • GMC Registration
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register; eligible for entry on Register or within 6 months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview or plans to obtain CESR
  • Ability to offer expert clinical independent responsibility for clinical care of patients.
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients.
  • Mental Health Act Approved Clinician (or plans to obtain approval within 4 months of appointment)
Desirable criteria
  • 3 years supervised training in an appropriate ST4- 6 equivalent training programme
  • MRCPysch Passed


Essential criteria
  • Must be a car driver with a valid driving license
  • Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients

Communication Skills

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills

As a trust we fully support applications irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances and have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process; including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Miranda Suddards
Job title
Speciality Doctor
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