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Consultant in Learning Disabilities

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Learning Disability Psychiatry
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 11 sessions per week
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Coed Pella
Colwyn Bay
£86,063 - £111,732 NA
Salary period
06/12/2022 23:59

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB)  North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and ‘Proud to Lead’ competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the “Disability Confident Employer” scheme. We also offer a number of family-friendly benefits, including childcare voucher schemes, work-life balance policies.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh.  Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.



Job overview

This post is to work primarily with adults with learning disabilities and to support seamless transition between Child and Adult services across the Conwy area.

The post holder will be expected to comply with the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010. 

The post may at times attract a junior doctor, depending on availability in the training rota. There is no speciality doctor input.  


As part of the Health Board’s strategic collaboration with Bangor University, individuals with an interest in teaching and research who can demonstrate and agree a possible contribution to the School can be considered and nominated for recognition through the University’s process for granting honorary titles and help to deliver our shared vision for the North Wales School of Medicine and Health.

Main duties of the job

To manage, appraise and give professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed between consultant colleagues and the medical director and in accordance with the Health Board’s personnel policies and procedures. This may include assessing competences under the Modernising Medical Careers framework.

To ensure that junior medical staff, working with the post holder operate within the parameters of the New Deal and are Working Time Directive compliant.

To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively and submit this promptly to the necessary department.

To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.

To attend and participate in the academic programme of the Health Board, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD programme.

To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act 1983 Section 12(2) approval, to work within the legal framework of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 and to abide by professional codes of conduct.

To participate annually in a job plan review with the Clinical Director, which will include consultation in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with modernisation.

Working for our organisation

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) is the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 676,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham).  The aim of BCUHB is to provide the highest quality care for the population of North Wales.  We aim to achieve this through three key values:  Dignity, placing a high value on respecting the patient as an individual; Valuing Staff, as individuals and developing their skills appropriately; Efficiency, pursuing efficiency and effectiveness in delivering services.

BCUHB has an equal opportunities and family friendly policy.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Conwy has a population of 118,200 and the Current case-load for the Consultant is approximately 125. The post holder will receive referrals form a variety of sources and provide diagnostic assessment, treatment and support services to adults living in Conwy with a range of learning disability associated with mental disorder, challenging behaviour, autism spectrum disorders, dementia, offending behaviour and other multiple disabilities.

The postholder will develop, maintain and deliver the necessary evidence based interventions in a range of community settings to enable adults with learning disability  to lead fulfilling lives.

The postholder will contribute to risk assessment and management.

The post holder will be part of, and provide clinical leadership to the Community Learning Disability Team, working in community and outpatient settings. 

The postholder will forge good links and relationships with professionals and teams within BCUHB including primary care as well as external allied agencies such as social services, police, voluntary and private sector.

The post holder will also provide Consultant and Responsible Medical Officer duties to approximately half of the admitted patients in Mesen Fach, an A/T Unit in Bryn Y Neuadd Hospital (eight bedded). Two sessions are committed for inpatient cover duties. Rarely the Post Holder may need to admit a patient in Adult Mental Health Units depending of the Patient’s IQ/Abilities. The post holder will work within the legislative arrangements of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych or MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Welsh AC Approval
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on GMC Specialist Register or within 6 months of completing CCT.
  • Approved Clinician status or able to achieve within 3 months of appointment.
  • Approved under S12 or able to achieve within 3 months of appointment.
Desirable criteria
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice.

Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of training in the core and specialist competencies for Learning Disability psychiatry.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of community psychiatric practice.

Teaching and Training

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of having delivered postgraduate teaching.
  • Evidence of having delivered multidisciplinary teaching.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching medical students.

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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 desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr. Sanjoy Sen
Job title
Clinical Director for Learning Disabilities
Email address
Telephone number
01824 708382

If you have problems applying, contact

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Glan Clwyd Hospital
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