Psychiatrist Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Psychiatrist job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatrist (5+ Years’ Experience)
  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Staff Psychiatrist
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Example 1

An exciting opportunity to join NHS Tayside Locum Appointment for Training x 3 Speciality Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry (ST4-6) August 2021 - February 2022 Applications are invited for 3 LAT posts, suitable for candidates wishing to pursue Higher Training in General Adult Psychiatry. Posts may be located in Angus, Dundee or Perth, and will include an on call commitment. Successful candidates may also wish to consider applying through National Recruitment for substantive Higher Training Scheme places, which will be available in Tayside from February 2022. For further details, please contact Dr Judith English, Training Programme Director for GAP, East Deanery on All enquiries welcome.

Example 2

Prospect Health are now proud to be working alongside a large UK NHS trust and have been tasked with locating a number of consultant psychiatrists to join the expanding CRHT, in-patient and old age psychiatry teams in Coventry. This is CRHT and inpatient position. There are 2 roles available, with 5 PA's spent within the Coventry crisis team and 5.5 PA's as inpatient consultant, totalling [website] It is an exciting opportunity to join an established inpatient and crisis team. The appointment is for a whole time Equivalent Consultant Psychiatrist (or equivalent job-share) to provide leadership in partnership with another consultant colleague and multidisciplinary teams and to participate in providing postgraduate training to the trust including Training Scheme and undergraduate education for medical students from the medical school. This post has come about from a vacancy in the inpatient department and a planned expansion of the CRHT team. A detailed job description and indicative timetable are available once you have registered your interest with us. The Plan will be agreed between yourself and the associate medical director, with the opportunity to incorporate specialist areas of interest. (7.8 direct clinical care and 2.7 for supportive tasks is generally expected). The Trust expects consultants to take a leadership role and be involved with management within their clinical teams. A brief outline of these key requirements are detailed below Management Responsibility As a Consultant, you may have a line management responsibility for the junior/ specialist grade doctors working in your team. You will also participate in local Consultant meetings and monthly Medical Advisory Committee meetings you will be encouraged to give clinical input to groups considering service issues or developments commensurate with your timetable and particular areas of expertise Leadership Members of the team are expected to take their leadership roles seriously by being involved with the management of their clinical teams and working with other senior teams members to ensure: Colleagues have been made aware of the professional status and specialisms of all members of the team and subsequently who is responsible The teams have clear objectives understand the personal and collective responsibilities involved Effective communication across the multi-disciplinary team All members of the team have had an opportunity to discuss issues and that they understand why decisions have been taken. Key Benefits Salary: £79,860-107,668 per annum Annual leave: NHS annual leave entitlement + 8 bank holidays Skills and Qualifications Required Primary medical qualification ( MD, MBBS [website] ) A postgraduate qualification in Psychiatry [website] Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent GMC registration and inclusion on the specialist register in Mental Health, or Speciality Trainees within 6 months of completing CCT Eligible for Approved Clinician status and Approval under section 12 of the Mental Health Act A minimum of 6 years postgraduate experience in psychiatry including substantial training/experience in General Adult psychiatry in acute/ CRHT settings. What Happens Next? If you are interested in finding out more about this role please click the 'Apply' button. On submission of the job application form, an email alert is sent to the specialist consultant handling this role to register your interest. All dialogue with us is in the strictest of confidence, without any obligation and we will NOT send your details to the relevant business without your consent. Alternatively, to find out more about this role or any other roles that maybe relevant, you can email us at or call our Hospital Doctors team on 01423 813451 Not the right job for you? Click for more Hospital Doctor Jobs

Psychiatrist job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so jobseekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Psychiatrist job summary

Our suburban psychiatric practice needs a dedicated Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to join our team. We’re looking for a compassionate, devoted individual who enjoys working with children and teens to solve all types of problems, from serious mental illness to adjustment difficulties. The successful candidate will be the only medical staff member to focus on youths, which means he or she will be responsible for designing his or her own programme and referring patients as necessary. We also have a Psychotherapist on staff who works with teens. We offer excellent benefits and generous paid leave.

Psychiatrist responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the employee reports to.

  • Conduct initial patient evaluations and take detailed medical histories
  • Diagnose teens and children based on symptoms and prior medical treatment
  • Treat psychiatric conditions in teens and young children using a conservative approach, which should include CBT
  • Explain treatment plans to patients and their parents or guardians and provide familial support throughout treatment programme
  • Advocate for young patients, especially with regard to schools and other organisations
  • Prescribe medication on a conservative basis to treat verifiable mental health diseases and conditions

Psychiatrist qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful employee. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • Licence to practise required
  • 6+ years’ experience in psychiatric practice
  • 2+ years’ experience treating children and/or teens
  • Willingness to learn and follow clinic’s standards of practice
  • Demonstrable ability to connect with and provide support for children
  • CCT required
  • Familiarity with EMR/EHR systems
  • Ability to pass criminal background check and drug screening
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