Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Job Summary

Community mental health team SHO
Average day:
- New assessment of 1-2 patients
- 1 1/2 hour per patient for new assessments which are joint with other members of the MDT (CPN/OT/SW)
- Discuss plan with the assessment team and consultants
- Follow up appointments
- Admin


The Elms Centre, Banbury (on the Horton General Hospital site).

On call out of hours is either at the Warnford Hospital (Oxford), Littlemore Hospital (Oxford) and the Fullbrook centre (Churchill) covering the psychiatry wards. Or at A&E at the John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford) and the Horton (Banbury) as liaison psychiatry.

Shift pattern (lates/nights/weekends etc)

Normal day: 9am-5pm

On call late shift: 5pm-9.30pm if at the JR, 17.00-21.30 if at the Warneford.  Aim to leave day job by 16:00 as after this takes an hour or more to get to Oxford.

On call nights: 9pm-9.30am

On call weekends: Either Saturday or Sunday 9.00am-9.30pm

Top tips for extra opportunities (e.g. teaching / skills )

Opportunities for audit, teaching medical students and presenting papers

Opportunities to attend:

  • Day Hospital
  • Luther Street GP (GP for homeless patients)
  • The complex needs service
  • MIND
  • Talking space (IAPT)
  • MHA assessments


Supportive consultants

Working with the community psychiatric nurses, OTs and social workers

Nice environment to work in

On call gives the chance to assess acute cases as well as ward inpatients

Majority of the work is within normal working hours with a relatively light out of hours rota

Only work one day of the weekend on call

Great for learning about risk assessment


The on calls are based in Oxford whereas the main job is based in Banbury

The details are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.

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