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Health Inequalities Fellow (in partnership with HEE and RCPsych)

  • Status : One year
  • Salary : Paid
  • Closing date : 19/07/2022
  • Interview date : 27/07/2022
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional membership body for psychiatrists and promotes excellent care for people with mental illness. 

It has 19,000 members and engages with government and the media as the leading voice of the UK’s mental health services. The College is a values-based organisation and, in 2019, was named Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.”

Overview of the role

People with severe mental illness die on average 20 years younger than their peers. The adverse physical and mental health impacts of early life deprivation, socio-economic disadvantage and gender and ethnic discrimination are well documented. 

Psychiatrists of the future need to be equipped with the tools to understand and address the factors that cause and perpetuate health inequity. In a subtle but significant shift, future psychiatrists need to be trained to be responsible for the care not only of their individual patients’ mental health, but also integrate physical health needs and person-centered care within their communities of practice in a multi-professional approach.  

They will need the relational skills to build therapeutic relationships, enable shared decision making with their patients and personalise treatment strategies to the individual given their unique biopsychosocial context. They will need to apply systems and data literacy skills to improve outcomes for not just their own patients but also for their communities of practice. 

Meeting the demands of both person-centered care and population mental health is very much in consonance with the biopsychosocial ethos of psychiatry, requiring the integration of neurosciences and social sciences, as well as digital health and data to make it relevant to diverse populations and healthcare settings.  Embedding such training in our core and higher specialist training offer will set us apart from other international training programmes, where such training has been offered only as an optional addition. 
This prestigious Fellowship will be open to psychiatrists who have entered specialist training in the UK, particularly those with an interest in addressing health inequalities.  

The successful applicant will likely have some experience in education and training.

Key responsibilities

  • To enhance generalist skills within psychiatric education
  • To understand how to develop and apply an enhanced generalist model across the specialty
  • To support Local Educational Providers (LEPs) to improve the skills of learners and staff in
  • physical health (specifically multimorbidity, and person-centered practice)
  • population health (to include social justice and health equity, and environmental sustainability) and
  • data literacy (to include system working).
  • Leadership (moving towards a shared leadership model through multi-professional and multidisciplinary working)
  • To scope and deliver an enhanced generalist skills programme focusing on population mental health and person-centered or personalised practice (social sciences and neurosciences).
  • To promote and uphold the College values of Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning and Excellence. 

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating experience (one A4 side) to rosalind.steele@rcpscyh.ac.uk

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Nikki Cochrane, Head of Training and Workforce: Nikki.cochrane@rcpsych.ac.uk


Please see attached the full JD for this role.

Closing date: 20 July 2022

Interview date: 27 July 2022 via Microsoft Teams/Zoom

Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes and it is unlikely that we would be able to offer an alternative date. (you can include this statement if necessary)

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

Health Inequalities Fellow JD June 2022