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Priory Hospital Bristol, Heath House Lane, Stapleton, BS16 1EQ

Priory Group Division






Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time, Permanent - Part Time

Job Advert Role Description

Bristol Hospital is rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the Grade II listed hospital building is set in extensive grounds in the suburb Stapleton, just off the M32 and less than three miles from the centre of Bristol with free parking onsite.

This is an employed post to take consultant responsibility for private psychiatry patients coming to the hospital via self-funding and Private Medical Insurance (PMI).

  • Salary range £160k FTE. 
  • Part time appointments will be considered should the business needs require this. 

The post holder will hold a CCST / CCT (or equivalent) in the relevant areas of Psychiatry and will have experience of working in inpatient and outpatient settings with people with significant mental health difficulties.

The post holder will have experience at consultant level psychiatry and will have held a consultant position in the NHS. 

The post holder will hold a current license to practice and be on the appropriate specialist register. 

Priory Bristol has one private ward (9 beds), 3 acute wards (33 beds), 1 R&R ward (14 beds), 1 male PICU (10 beds) and 1 Eating Disorder unit (10 beds).
This post holder will be the consultant for on average 5 patients on the private ward. Other visiting consultants (VC’s) have admitting rights to the private ward. The ward has a Multidisciplinary Team including a sessional Speciality Doctor. 

Duties also include providing outpatient assessments for both new and follow-ups. There will be an expectation that urgent slots will be provided if needed.
The post holder will be the Consultant for day patients that are allocated to the Consultant. 

Other Duties:

  • To take part in the on-call rota of the hospital and provide cross cover for employed colleagues as required.
  • To take part in relevant clinical governance activities and take a role as appropriate in the management of the hospital. They will work closely with Therapy Services for any outpatients and will not refer any patients outside Priory for therapy without first confirming that the particular therapy required is not available in Priory.
  • The post-holder will conform to all clinical governance requirements of the Priory including the use of care notes as the primary record. 
  • The post-holder will have a prescribed connection with Priory for revalidation.
  • The post-holder will have an agreed job plan with the Medical Director/Hospital Director specifying the expected activity levels in terms of the number of sessions of outpatients/inpatients/day patients/management. 

The Hospital Director will carry out a business review every 6 months and will have the right to change the job plan within reasonable limits to match the business requirements. 

As part of the job plan, the post-holder will be required to have 10 Programmed Activities, comprising of following 5 types of Activity (this is a guide to workload expectations not a rigid timetable): 

  1. Clinical – ward/day care - including ward rounds and CPA meetings (if required) On average, 5 patients at any one time.
  2. Service Development – including Service line networks, Clinical Governance and other clinical forums
  3. OPD – follow ups/new referrals – on average 3 hours per day including new referrals (60 minutes) and follow up patients (30 minutes)
  4. Appraisal, CPD, Revalidation, Audit
  5. Admin

1 programmed activity is equal to half a day. 


1. Taking clinical responsibility for patients, including multidisciplinary ward rounds, risk reviews, service reviews and the development of a therapeutic milieu.
2. Supervising the process of referral and admission including contributing to pre-admission assessments of patients with other team members.
3. Offering a psychiatric perspective to the multidisciplinary team in relation to the assessment, formulation and treatment of patients.
4 Contributing to management meetings and clinical governance meetings for the services provided at the hospital, and contributing to the development of service strategy.
5. Contributing to in-house training programmes within the services and offering supervision to other members of the multi-disciplinary team, particularly junior medical staff.
6. Maintaining CPD and re-validation requirements, as determined by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, GMC or other relevant statutory bodies.
7.Proactive contribution to Priory’s marketing and PR activity through the production of articles in conjunction with the Marketing Team and providing comment on topical issues to ensure the Group is seen as a thought leader in the healthcare marketplace.
8. Contributing to the development and evaluation of services in collaboration with Lead Consultants and Managers.
9. Ensures the services and support provided offers good value for money and supports the overall aim of the site.

Can work autonomously to agreed short and medium term objectives where professional advice will be immediately obvious. Able to understand the impact their actions will have on the care of the patient and the workings of the multidisciplinary team.

Person specification
1. MRCPsych or equivalent
2. AC approved and S12 approved MHA 1983
3. Previous experience as an NHS consultant
4. Acute inpatient and outpatient experience
5. CCT in General adult psychiatry
6. Experience in working with multi-disciplinary team and being a clinical leader
7. Experience of supervising junior medical staff
8. Experience of working with management team
9. Experience of service change and improvement
10. Experience of involvement in clinical governance and improvement

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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services, Priory promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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