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GPVTS post in Psychiatry 

Consultant: Dr Ros Ramsay

Whilst working for Dr Ramsay your day job (ie Monday-Friday 9-5) will be at 190 Kennington Lane, near Oval tube station. You will be attached to the Assessment and Treatment section of the North Lambeth Community Mental Health Team.

Your main duties consist of assessing and managing patients (primarily GP referrals) in the community. As well as seeing ‘duty’ patients (emergency referrals etc.), you will have your own caseload of around ten patients for whom you will be care-coordinator on a longer term basis. The team has a strong multidisciplinary focus, and you will be working alongside social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and community psychiatric nurses. You need to be flexible about the way you work and pro-active in your learning! This job is very relevant to GP training and provides some very good opportunities.

In addition to your day job, you will be on the on-call rotas for St Thomas’ and Lambeth Hospitals. This includes doing an extended day shift until 9pm about once a week, the odd weekend day and between 14 and 21 night shifts throughout the six month placement. The rota is organised by Dr Jonathan Bindman (, and he is the person to contact about leave (you also need to get permission from Dr Ramsay).

  • the location is at 380 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 6HP
  • the 2 consultants are Dr Anne Boocock and Dr Nuria Calvo. They both have supportive roles but my main clinical supervisor is Dr Calvo.
  • Dr Calvo best to ask for annual leave( - also for study leave
  • Dr Calvo is in on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dr Boocock on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - the rest of the time, you can approach the SpR for senior advice (in every day except Wednesdays)
  • It's a relevant post for GP as the kind of patients you see will be commonly presenting to general practice
  • Big MDT consisting of CPNs, OTs, art therapist, psychologist, doctors, social workers and benefits adviser - in the first couple of weeks when you're not seeing your own patients, try and sit in with every kind of specialist in the team to see what their role is
  • You will be a touch-typist by the end of the post, the huge amount of computer documentation you do!

On-calls are the same - Lambeth and St Thomas'.

I've only done St Thomas' on-calls so far but one thing I will say is that while they can get busy, they also can be very quiet so it's definitely worth taking some kind of activity in with you - ipod, book, revision - as it can get quite dull! Not done any Lambeth on-calls yet but I hear they are busier. The St Thomas' on-call rooms are very comfortable with a pretty big comfy bed so a pair of pyjamas doesn't go amiss either for those nights of zero patients...

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