Consultant Psychiatrist opportunities in mental health services for Women

Guardian Banner

Services specifically targeting the mental health of women are crucial as evidence shows mental health problems among young women are rising rapidly. GMMH does critical work within this area and other significant developments are under way. This is a rapidly expanding area allowing consultants to explore different career opportunities and develop in areas of their professional interest.

We are currently expanding perinatal mental health services across Greater Manchester providing consultants increased opportunities to work in specialist services across primary and social care, maternity services, improving access to psychological services for women and adult mental health. Our six-bed Women’s Enhanced Medium Secure Service (WEMSS) is one of only three such facilities in England. It’s a pivotal time for consultant psychiatrists to join GMMH, influence how services develop and really make a difference for the women in our care.

Acute services for women

There are acute inpatient services for women throughout the Trust, with gender-specific wards available. Services include:

  • Park House, North Manchester – Elm and Poplar ward
  • Laureate House, South Manchester – Bronte ward and Blake ward, an all-female psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Rivington Unit, Bolton – Oak ward and Maple House, a mixed PICU
  • Moorside Unit, Trafford – Medlock ward
  • Meadowbrook Unit, Salford – Keats ward and Chaucer ward, a mixed PICU

Rehabilitation services for women include; Honeysuckle Lodge in Bolton, a rehabilitation and recovery services for women who may otherwise receive care out of the local area, and Griffin Ward at Prestwich Hospital, a rehabilitation service for women aged 18 – 25.

Community services for women are provided by the local community mental health teams. Many have access to psychological provisions for women including DBT.

Secure Women’s Service

The secure service for women is based at Prestwich Hospital in Manchester. There are 46 female beds across low and medium security, including six as part of the women’s enhanced medium secure service (WEMSS). The WEMSS is one of three services in the UK and offers enhanced relational security for women with complex mental health needs. Often women in the WEMSS have a history of challenging self-harm and risk to others.

Medium secure beds are provided at the Edenfield Centre and a community-based medium secure step-down facility. Low secure beds are provided at Loweswater ward at Prestwich Hospital and a low-secure community based step-down service.

Women have access to a wide range of rehabilitative activities including psychological interventions, sports groups, education and training. They have access to a Recovery Academy campus within the Medium Secure Units estate. All women have access to two recovery pathway support workers who can support the ward-based team in facilitating leave and access to groups and therapies. There is a strong ethos in supporting women to engage in volunteer placements in the community. Psychological interventions are trauma-informed and include a range of individual work, schema therapy and DBT.

The secure women’s service has strong links with many community-based accommodation providers, and a transition, discharge and re-settlement worker who supports women in their move back into the community. There is a forensic community mental health team to support women on discharge and forge close working relationships with local teams.

Perinatal Services for women

Women’s health and the need for evidenced based, specialist Perinatal services has been identified as a major priority across the United Kingdom via National Maternity Reviews ‘Better Births’ and campaigns ‘Maternal Mental Health #everyonesbusiness’.

Manchester is aiming to be a leading provider of these services with the development of Perinatal and Parent Infant Mental Health Services to support women, their families and importantly their bond with their children, across the Greater Manchester region. There are approximately 36,644 births across Greater Manchester with an estimated 4.6% of childbearing women requiring specialist perinatal services.

The hub of this service is the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) Inpatient Unit (Andersen Ward), a ten bedded specialist ward based at Laureate House, Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester.

Since 2018, three new specialist Perinatal Mental Health Teams have been developed to provide comprehensive community support. Each team operates in a specific area of Greater Manchester with Cluster 1 covering South Manchester, Stockport and Trafford; Cluster 2 covering Salford, Bolton, Bury and Wigan; and Cluster 3 covering North Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside.

Each team includes a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, operational manager, advanced practitioner, team manager, band 5 and 6 mental health nurses, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, mental health wellbeing practitioner and administration. There are opportunities for trainee psychiatrists to undertake specialist interest roles in Perinatal Psychiatry and currently GMMH operates an exchange scheme with Maltese psychiatry training with an ST5 equivalent Maltese trainee working 6 months on the MBU and 6 months in Perinatal Community.

The new perinatal teams will work closely with other services for women and their families across Greater Manchester. These include Psychological Therapies (IAPT), Early Attachment Services, Social Services and Parent Infant Mental Health Services. Links have been made with the Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Strategy and Drug and Alcohol Strategy. These aim to improve outcomes for new or expectant mothers and provide the first co-ordinated cross-Manchester approach to reduce and eliminate the 1200 cases of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome born each year.

Education and Training is key with perinatal services providing guidance to general mental health services, primary and secondary care, ensuring timely advice, signposting and support is available. Peer mentors with lived experience are a critical aspect highlighting the client’s experience and improving peer support.

Consultant Psychiatrist Vacancies

Our Trust has other roles available at all grades and in a wide variety of job areas. Whether you are a junior doctor seeking a Trust Doctor post or Speciality Doctor post, we are keen to hear from you.

Our current vacancies are listed here.

For more information about opportunities in forensic services for women contact Dr Victoria Sullivan on 0161 358 5778 or email: Victoria.Sullivan@gmmh.nhs.uk.

For more information about opportunities in acute services for women contact Dr Rosemary Clarke on 0161 358 6402 or email Rosemary.Clarke@gmmh.nhs.uk

For more information about opportunities in perinatal services for women contact Dr Aaron McMeekin on 0161 358 7325 or email: Aaron.McMeekin@gmmh.nhs.uk.