Learning Outcomes

Job Summary

Community mental health team junior doctor

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: 09.00 – 17.00

There are 2 types of out-of-hours on call shifts:

  • Covering inpatient psychiatric wards, either with another SHO or on your own (night shifts). During these shifts you will be covering 3 different sites in Oxford – Warneford Hospital, Littlemore Hospital and Fullbrook Centre (Churchill Hospital) – so having a car is recommended. The Trust pays for taxis after midnight if you need to move between different sites. There is a handover at 21.00.
  • Assessing acute psychiatric patients as part of the Emergency Department Psychiatric Service (EDPS). EDPS is based at the John Radcliffe Hospital A&E (Oxford) but also covers the Horton Hospital A&E (Banbury) via remote technology.

On call late shifts: 17.00-21.30. Aim to leave day job by 16:00 as after this takes an hour or more to get to Oxford.

On call nights: 21.00-0930

On call weekends: Either Saturday or Sunday 09.00-21.30

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.