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Specialty Doctor -Neuro Church

Posted 1 February by St Andrew's Healthcare
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Salary icon Competitive salary
Location icon Northampton , Northamptonshire

Church Ward – New ward opening early 2024

About St Andrew’s

St Andrew’s is a not for profit Charity – we have no shareholders and any surplus we make is reinvested into our services. We are part of the Specialist Provider Collaboratives in the East and West Midlands and are a member of the East Midlands Alliance. Our services in Northampton, set in 150 plus acres of woodland greenery, are spread across 5 Divisions – Neuropsychiatry, Medium Secure, Low Secure and Specialist Rehabilitation, Learning Disability and Autism, and CAMHS. We have a number of unique specialist national services including for Acquired Brain Injury (Secure and Non-Secure), Deaf Forensic, Huntington’s disease, Older Adults (Secure and Non-Secure), Blended Women’s (one of 3 National Pilots) and specialist inpatient DBT.

About the ward – Church

We are looking forward to the opening of Church Ward, a new 10-bed ward in the Neuropsychiatry Division. It will be a non-secure male admission ward for Acquired Brain Injury. Our purpose on Church Ward will be to support patients with complex mental health and physical needs, to develop co-produced individualised care plans, to provide neuro-behavioural rehabilitation and enable patients to move on to the community. Our aim is to engage patients in their rehabilitation and deliver exceptional individualised care. You will be a key member of a multi-disciplinary team, to truly make a difference to our patients’ lives.

The Service

Our Neuropsychiatry Division offers specialist services for patients with Acquired Brain Injury, Dementia and Huntington’s disease. With the opening of Church Ward the Division will have 130 beds across these services. The care and rehabilitation offered in the Division is recognised for being at the forefront of innovation, for its excellence in service delivery and for its ability to manage and reduce the risks associated with these conditions. 

The Neuropsychiatry Division offers an excellent opportunity to deliver value-based healthcare focusing on clinical outcomes. The service uses a variety of outcomes, both patient and quality improvement focused, to complement clinical decisions and guide strategic direction. This service is forward-thinking, open to new ideas and a holistic approach is taken to patient care and treatment.  

About the role

We are seeking an enthusiastic Specialty Doctor to join our Neuropsychiatry Team. The Neuropsychiatry service in Northampton has a vacancy for a Specialty Doctor to work with patients with Acquired Brain Injury. On Church Ward, you will be working with a Consultant Psychiatrist including a full multidisciplinary team.

This is a full time role, with 0.5 WTE as Specialty Doctor for Church Ward and 0.5 WTE working on one of our other Neuropsychiatry wards. Opportunities to work Part–Time are available. The successful candidate will fulfil the duties of a Specialty Doctor, including reviewing and managing the mental and physical health of patients under your care, working with your multidisciplinary team and other stakeholders as required.

Further career progression e.g., Section 12(2) approval, CESR, will be encouraged and supported.

Applications from doctors at Specialist Doctor level are welcomed.

Person specification


  • GMC registration will be required.  


  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Experience of working in Acquired Brain Injury is desirable, though not essential.

Why Choose St Andrew’s?

  • Competitive salary
  • Separately remunerated on call duties
  • A tailored comprehensive induction programme
  • Medical indemnity cover
  • Supportive working environment
  • Huge opportunities for Continuing Professional Development with regular onsite educational & training events
  • Support for appraisal and revalidation
  • Autonomy to make decisions to improve patient outcomes
  • Opportunities for research with our Research and Innovation Team
  • Class leading analytics and data monitoring with extensive integration with our electronic patient records
  • Electronic prescribing on all our wards
  • As a charity, our purpose is to embed value based healthcare, allowing us to achieve the best possible outcomes and experiences for the patients in our care
  • We have a responsibility to educate the next generation of professionals and to innovate - researching new treatments, therapies and environments to achieve better outcomes for our patients.

Other benefits

  • Salary up to £80,000 depending on experience, travel allowance, pension, 32 days of annual leave plus Bank Holidays and leave on your birthday, free parking, car leasing scheme, sickness policy on par with the NHS, administrative support and more.

Please see below some of the comments from current doctors within St Andrews healthcare:
“The working environment is conducive for anyone wanting to learn and progress in medicine. In particular, you will have plenty of senior support and guidance. I don’t know of any previous post I’ve worked in, in which I have had as much access to my Supervising Consultant.

At St Andrew’s you will definitely feel you are a genuine and appreciated contributor to the multidisciplinary team. And, you will certainly feel you are making a positive difference in patient’s lives.”

If you are interested in this role

Visits to the service ahead of application or interview are welcomed.

To discuss the role further and other opportunities in Neuropsychiatry, please contact Samantha Pendry, ,  or Muthusamy Natarajan, Deputy Medical Director and Clinical Director – Neuropsychiatry Division, .

Reference: 51967902

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