Locum Consultant Psychiatrist (Aquarius Ward - CAMHS)

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum plus London Zone Allowance
Closing date
5 Jun 2023
Job summary

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work on Aquarius Ward, a general adolescent unit with 12 beds on the newly developed Springfield site in South West London. We are looking for a consultant with the interest and skills in providing strong medical leadership to take our services forward.

The experienced and dynamic team on Aquarius provides inpatient treatment for adolescents aged 12 to their 18th birthday with severe mental health problems.

This post is a part time (0.5 wte) to join an existing colleague as a job share with overlap session for continuity of care and handover. It has become available due to the previous full -time post-holder having a sabbatical career break from the Trust. It is offered a 12 month locum contract. For applicants wishing to work more sessions there are additional opportunities with the Trust in CAMHS and some flexibility within this role.

There are close working relationships with the Adolescent Outreach team who provide an integrated service for young people in the 5 local boroughs of the Trust as well as other units within the South London partnership. The service aims to offer seamless and flexible care, providing the most appropriate level of support required by the young person and those caring for them at different stages of their recovery.

As a Trust we are proud to offer agile and flexible working opportunities as part of our new ways of working. You will be able to work Monday to Fridayfrom 8am to 6pm.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be a Consultant Psychiatrist providing medical leadership to Aquarius ward.

We are expecting the appointed consultant will provide overall clinical responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of 12 adolescent in-patients with severe or acute mental health problems shared with another consultant colleague. The consultant post holder will need to be able to support effective team functioning and will also be required to work with the team and directorate in service development initiatives. The aim of this post is to ensure the team delivers a high quality and innovative service, to develop new treatment ideas in keeping with current evidence, to continually evaluate the treatment and to work towards improvement of Acute services for Adolescents.

The role is offered on a12 month locum basis with 5 PA's. Should you be interested in an informal conversation about the role or a site visit, please contact

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our location:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The appointed Consultant will be responsible for:-
  • Medical leadership and clinical responsibility for all patients in treatment in the service
  • Maintaining Sec 12 Approval, in order to provide Mental Health Act Assessments and to be the Responsible Clinician for detained patients
  • Liaison with referrers and paediatric colleagues
  • Liaison with SLP and the Bed Management Service
  • Working with the ward manager to prioritise resources and to manage team functioning
  • Working with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to provide in depth assessments and appropriate treatment for all patients
  • Working with the MDT in developing effective and novel treatment approaches
  • Providing clinical supervision and support to other disciplines where appropriate.
  • Liaison with childrens social care and education departments
  • Communicating with parents / carers.
  • Ensuring assessment reports, outcome measures, diagnoses are appropriately documented
  • To contribute to multidisciplinary training events
  • To maintain clinical records in accordance with the GMC and Trust standards, and to adhere to the GMC Code of Conduct.
  • To provide teaching to undergraduate medical students
  • To provide consultant cover for other consultants within the CAMHS Campus when they are on annual / study leave
  • To contribute to rota for adolescent S136 assessments during day
  • Participation in Trust and CAMHS Clinical Governance pathways, together with ward manager responsible for communication to and from Clinical Governance meetings
  • Supervision of junior medical staff
  • Participation in the Trusts CAMHS Consultant On Call Duty Rota.
  • Involvement in service planning

Person Specification



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.

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