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Psychiatry SHO/Registrar Career

St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is an independently governed, not-for-profit mental health service catering for service users from all over Ireland. It comprises of two inpatient campuses, an adolescent unit, and five community Dean Clinics. All three approved centres are annually inspected by the Mental Health Commission and consistently achieve the highest standards. St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin 8 and St Edmundsbury Hospital located in Lucan, provide inpatient specialist treatment for adults over the age of 18 years in general adult psychiatry and specialities include acute special care unit, treatment of addictions, dual diagnosis, old-age psychiatry, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis and mood disorders. Our adolescent inpatient unit is located on St Patrick’s University Hospital campus and caters for young people aged between 12 -17 years who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Vacancies - Senior House Officer/Registrar

SPMHS are accepting applications for fixed term Senior House Officer and Registrar positions.

Vacancies - Senior House Officer/Registrar

We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates to form a panel of fixed term Psychiatric SHO’s/Registrars for both our Adult and Adolescent Service. Appointments will be made subject to operational requirements on a fixed-term basis to fill any vacancies that may arise. Successful appointees will be required to work at St Patrick’s University Hospital but may also be required, to work at the premises of any of the facilities administered by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services this includes, but is not limited to, St Edmundsbury Hospital and the Dean Clinics. 

  • Core job description

    • Admitting or becoming familiar with admissions details and previous clinical information of all service users under your care.
    • Implementing a treatment plan in conjunction with your consultant and MDT members.  Detailed documentation of this.
    • Conducting investigations and taking initiative to monitor treatments (such as Lithium) commenced in hospital.
    • Ensuring accurate and clear prescribing of treatments for in- and out-patients.
    • Compilation of detailed and clear entries to admission documentation and continuous service user records.
    • Initiating referrals to and liaising with other MDT members and programme co-ordinators.
    • Collaborating with nursing staff regarding service user progress and implementation of the detail of the treatment plan.
    • Obtaining collateral history from family and significant others.
    • Monitoring progress of service users on leave and communicating rationale and details of treatment plan including discharge arrangements.
    • Attending to all on-call commitments and making timely and clearly communicated swaps where necessary.
    • Communicating with outpatients and participating in pre-arranged outpatient clinics.
    • Preparation of discharge summaries – both initial and more detailed – and prompt imparting of this information to GP’s or primary referrers.
    • Participating in all educational activities, particularly the Friday teaching programme (Lunch provided).
    • Early arrangement and co-ordination of holiday and study leave in conjunction with own team members and between cross covering teams.
    • Participating in Admissions and ECT rotas, conducting timely and clearly communicated swaps where necessary.
  • Applications

    Applications are now being invited for fixed term Senior House Officer and Registrar positions.

    Successful applicants will:

    • Have completed undergraduate medical training
    • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council
    • Eligible to work in the Irish Health Service as a doctor from date of commencement
    • Have previous experience working in the Irish Health Care System
    • Ideally (but not essential) have previous experience in Psychiatry, as well as additional relevant qualifications

    Apply by completing the application form and uploading your CV here.

    The closing date for applications for July 2018 rotation is Wednesday 18th April with interviews taking place on Thursday 3rd May.

    Informal Enquiries ONLY to:
    Dr. Marie Naughton, Consultant Psychiatrist and Tutor, Email: or
    Dr Olivia Gibbons, Consultant Psychiatrist and Tutor, Email:

  • Why work for St Patrick's?

    Successful candidates will work under the supervision of a Consultant Psychiatrist who is on the specialist registrar along with and MDT teams and will be an important and valued member of the team. They will avail of excellent psychiatric training, support in their career and exposure to a varied caseload.

    Whilst working for SPMHS in this post you will enjoy some of the following benefits:

    Terms and Conditions

    • Fixed term contract of employment
    • Competitive hourly rate of pay
    • Paid annual and study leave
    • Living out allowance
    • On-call frequency of twice a month
    • One paid day off post-call guaranteed
    • Access to SPMHS training grant
    • Subsidised Canteen
    • Access to on site gym

    Continuous Professional Development

    • Guaranteed 1 hour supervision with supervising Consultant per week
    • Dedicated weekly teaching sessions
    • Weekly Academic meetings/Grand Rounds
    • Audit support from the Post-graduate Audit Committee and the monthly Audit Club
    • Regular Balint/Psychotherapy case discussion groups facilitated by Tutor(s)


    • Gain experience in a variety of clinical specialties
    • Take on cases for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ECT training etc.
    • Become a Tutor to Medical students from Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
    • Career support from the tutor's office.


    • Induction and orientation provided on commencement of employment
    • Primary care facility on site
    • Direct access to Consultant advice