Senior Medical Officer and Clinical Lead

Synapse Services is the largest provider of Mental Healthcare Service in West Africa. We provide patient-centred care in a calm and serene environment with a robust mixture of Local and Internationally trained professionals.

When life is more than you can bear mentally, be rest assured you will find hope, support, and treatment at Synapse Services.

We believe recovery is a journey not a destination and our multidisciplinary team is committed to supporting our clients in taking the first, usually most difficult, step and providing continuous support on the road to recovery.

With a team of compassionate and highly skilled Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Specialists, Occupational & Speech Therapists, and Psychiatric Nurses, we provide a range of therapeutic programs designed to suit individual needs.

Founded in Abuja in 2009, we are a rapidly expanding private service with 2 centres in Abuja and one in Lagos and Anambra. 

Only individuals who have a high expectation of themselves and are driven to work above and beyond are welcome to apply. Delivery of professional and excellent services must be at your core. We provide services for ex-pat community as well.

We are about starting a New Service in Port Harcourt called The Synapse Japonica and seek suitable candidates to join the team in the position below:

Job Title: Senior Medical Officer and Clinical Lead

Location: Synapse Japonica in Port Harcourt

Reports to: Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Ward Duties:

  • Be present and contactable within clinic premises at all times during work hours except when on other official duties .
  • To carry out a physical examination on all patients before admission according to Synapse Policy
  • To maintain individual contact with patients, carrying out ward rounds and other duties detailed by the Consultant
  • To update clinical notes on all patients according to best practice for record keeping
  • To ensure that within a week of admission, patient’s diagnosis in line with ICD is documented on EMR and explained to the patient and Family.
  • Ensure that leaflets explaining diagnosis, medication and its effects are given to patient, explained and documented. Encourage consultants to explain diagnosis to patient and document it.
  • To respond promptly to the request of all clinical staff (consultants, other doctors and nurses) to see patients within the clinic and to advice or start any treatment as indicated.
  • Undertake specific medical procedures on patients within the clinic as requested by medical and nursing staff: cannulation, commencing i.v infusions, administration of i.v drugs, etc.
  • To type and file discharge summaries on all patients discharged from Synapse Services within 72 hours of discharge
  • Must ensure every patient discharged from Synapse Services sees a doctor within 7 days post discharge
  • Run regular follow up clinics and encourage patient attendance
  • Carry out home visits to review patients
  • Lead a clinical team to pick up patients from the community for admission
  • Partake in On call duties

Other duties:

  • Run a smoking cessation clinic
  • Contribute to and be a part of Synapse Business Team
  • Be part of the team that makes contact with Organizations to seek clients for Synapse
  • Carry out presentations at clinical meetings in various hospitals to inform them of our clinical services
  • To examine a sick/injured member of clinic staff and offer appropriate advice in respect of treatment
  • Liaise regularly with Service Manager to discuss service improvement
  • Carry out regular teaching sessions directed at Nurses, Support Workers and Psychologists.

Administrative Duties:

  • Be a part of interview panels during staff recruitment
  • Be a member of Synapse Middle management committee and attend line Management meetings
  • Be a co-chair for Synapse Educational meetings
  • Will be asked to be part of other adhoc committees if and when necessary
  • Take a lead role in developing and writing proposals for Synapse japonica Services
  • Be a facilitator on some of Synapse Services Training programs
  • Read understand and adhere to clinic policies and procedures
  • Will be a clinical and managerial lead
  • Will be a part of the Business Development team

Health and Safety and Quality Assurance:

  • Be familiar, understand and adhere to all Health and Safety regulations including evacuation policy and the medical officer’s role in such an event
  • Be aware of the promotion of effective customer care and public relations in order to promote the good reputation of the clinic
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager is essential