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Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist


Main area
Low Secure Psychiatry
Full time - 10 sessions per week
Job ref
University Hospital Llandough
£86,063 - £111,732 per annum
Salary period
09/10/2022 23:59



Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist within the Low Secure In-patient & Community Forensic Mental Health Team.  This post will work alongside an existing Consultant colleague within the service, providing expert opinion, advice, assessment and treatment.

Knowledge and experience in secure and community forensic settings is essential.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is recognised as a teaching centre of excellence in a wide range of clinical services.  

Although this post is full-time, consideration will be given to applicants who require flexible working arrangements.

Applicants should either be on the Specialist Register or be a Specialist Registrar within six months of their expected date of receipt of a CCT / CESR(CP) at the time of interview.

You will be able to take advantage of the excellent Consultant contract for Wales.  The basic salary range for this post is £86,063 per annum to £111,732 per annum plus a further £26,672 per annum available in Commitment Awards.  Consultants in Wales paid on one of the first three points of the substantive Consultant pay scale also receive a Wales recruitment incentive payment.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide clinical leadership to the team to help support the recovery of people with complex mental health problems and forensic and risk issues, undertake clinical assessments, liaise with nursing/medical teams and plan appropriate care in relation to these patients.  The post holder will lead both the in-patient and community teams and engage in regular Mental Health Act work including reporting both in writing and in person to MHA review tribunals, sometimes involving the Ministry of Justice.  

The appointee will provide input to the public protection unit and will prepare court reports and appear in court regarding criminal justice proceedings.  Liaison is required between medium secure settings and local setting.  Additionally, the appointee will provide input to the MAPPA Unit, probation and gate-keeping for the Low Secure service.  

Applicants must ensure they provide the names and contact details of referees covering at least the last three years of their employment/training history in full.  In addition, applicants who are currently or have most recently been employed as a substantive Consultant or as a Locum Consultant in post for more than 12 months must also provide the name of their Medical Director as an additional referee.

Working for our organisation

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services.   Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is “Caring for People, Keeping People Well” and our vision is that every person’s chance of leading a healthy life should be equal.   As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population’s health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing.    We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research.   Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.    

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions.    Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline.  Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • On GMC Specialist Register / Specialist Registrar with CCT/CESR(CP) due within 6 months of interview date
  • Eligible for Approved Clinician (Wales) status


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working and gate-keeping in high, medium and low secure psychiatric settings
  • Experience of working closely with MAPPA and criminal justice system in providing support to manage risk for individuals with mental disorders
  • Experience of developing care pathway for very complex forensic cases
  • Experience of conducting prison clinics


Essential criteria
  • Experience in providing written reports for legal purposes


Essential criteria
  • Expert knowledge of forensic psychiatry
  • Knowledge of HCR-20, PCL-R and other risk assessment tools
  • Risk management linked to provisions of mental health care including secure care and protection of public


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of teaching medical students, junior doctors and allied health professionals in clinical settings

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of ability to work both in a team and alone
  • Evidence of continuous professional development

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantStonewall Top 100 EmployerPurple SpaceVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident leaderCore principlesDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldStonewall Hyrwyddwr Amrywiaeth Diversity ChampionStonewall Gold 2022Accredited Living Wage Employer

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.

Welsh language skills are not necessary

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Pamela Yerassimou
Job title
Clinical Director
Email address
Additional information

Dr Ben Duffin-Jones, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist