NORTH SOMERSET CLDT
Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Shantha Jayewardene
Specialty Registrar Post
Team Base and Administrative Support
1. The post is based at Partnership House, Worle Parkway, Weston-super-Mare. It is an
integrated team with a Joint Service Manager, and the Social Care Team work
alongside the Healthcare professionals under the same roof.
2. The base is approximately 30 miles from Bristol and is very easy to reach via the M5
3. There is adequate car parking space.
4. It is an open plan office and the Specialty Registrar has an individual workstation with a
degree of separateness. The Specialty Registrar has an individual telephone and
computer with internet access. Office space and separate interview rooms are available
5. Secretarial support is available on site.
1. North Somerset has North (North Woodspring) and South (Weston and
surroundings) Area Managers. The plan is for the Specialty Registrar to cover the
north area (Clevedon/Portishead/Pill/Nailsea).
2. Within the area are a number of residential facilities (Nursing Homes, Staff Group
Homes, Independent Living environments) where residents have been resettled
following closure of the larger hospitals.
3. A large number of the population is made up of people with learning disability
requiring both physical and psychiatric assessments on a continuous basis. There is
also a rather large population of people with Downs Syndrome, some individuals
showing very challenging behaviour.
4. Dr. Jayewardene has responsibility for five in-patients who are resident at Constable
House; this is the continuing rehabilitation unit, where residents of varying
intellectual abilities display serious challenging behaviour and are under the Mental
Health Act. Some of them also have displayed offending behaviour.
5. The Specialty Registrar will be expected to attend multi-disciplinary team meetings
at Constable House on a Friday afternoon, along with the Consultant Psychiatrist.
6. In-patients are usually admitted to the Assessment and Treatment Unit, Lansdowne
House, and it is the responsibility of the Specialty Registrar to monitor the progress
of these patients during their admission.
7. The Specialty Registrar is responsible for his/her own caseload and management of
his/her own diary, with secretarial support.
8. There is an experienced full-time Psychologist working with the team.
9. There is also a Community Assessment and Service Development Team who work
with people displaying serious challenging behaviour.
1. The clinical supervisor is Dr. Jayewardene, Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning
2. He is able to offer 1:1 supervision for 1½ hours every fortnight on a Thursday morning,
which alternates with the CTPLD Clinical and Allocation Meetings. These are attended
by the multi-professional team.
3. The post comprises of two special interest sessions and two research sessions every
week. There may be some degree of flexibility with these sessions depending on the
Specialty Registrar’s educational need. A research supervisor will be allocated to
the trainee at the commencement of the post
Updated Feb 2008