Consultant Psychiatrist - CAMHS

Solent NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Job summary

As a CAMHS Service we work closely with our partners to meet the needs of children and young people. Come and join us in an exciting new venture we're developing with our local authority/ social services colleagues.

In our wonderful Southampton Multi Agency CAMHS service, we are looking to appoint a Consultant Psychiatrist to be take a pivotal role in delivering care to help prevent both hospital admission and family breakdown & provide therapeutic input. This is a new post being funded to develop this innovative new service. This role will be central to an experienced and outstanding team of multi-agency professionals who are passionate about ensuring that the needs of children and young people with complex issues are at the core of their clinical work We have worked hard at building a culture of close team working, openness, collaboration and partnership working across agencies (CAMHS, Local Authority, Education, Youth Justice and others) and services (Paediatrics, 3rd sectors services), and this multi-agency team works closely with the Southampton Specialist CAMHS Team.

Main duties of the job

We will consider full time and part time applicants. You will have the opportunity to provide clinical leadership in developing this multi-agency service. The majority of the role will be direct clinical delivery , and you will also have the opportunity for additional protected time for teaching or developing your special interests. Based in the vibrant city of Southampton, we will provide a relocation package for our suitable candidate. Southampton is a wonderful place to live as it is close to outstanding beaches, national parks, sporting events, excellent shopping and diverse city culture that meets everyone's needs.

We have a cohesive and close working group of consultant colleagues with varied expertise and special interests and also have close links with the University of Southampton Psychiatry and Psychology academic departments. We are proud to have amongst our team the University Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with expertise in developmental disorders. We are a regional hub for both undergraduate and postgraduate training in CAMHS.

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About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Solent NHS Trust is the main provider of children's community services to the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton and to parts of Hampshire. It is also the main provider of mental health services to people living in Portsmouth.

Southampton CAMH Services sit within the Children & Families Service Line of the Trust, managed by a Clinical Director and a Senior Leadership Team. It provides a comprehensive service for children and young people up to the age of 18 years in line with the NHS England directives and Southampton CCG, National Service Framework and the Government whitepaper for people with Learning difficulties 'Valuing People' and works in an increasingly integrated way with the other Trust providers of children's and mental health services as well as partner agencies.

The clinical and administrative base for the post is at the BRS building. The base for the medical education responsibility in the role is the Horizon building, the main clinical base of Southampton's Specialist CAMHS Team. The bases are approx. 1.5 miles from each other.

The BRS is one of four Solent CAMH Services in Southampton and is highly unique in its multi-agency set up. It is Southampton's crisis intervention service for the City's most vulnerable children and young people who present with highly complex needs and associated risks, including risk to others. Alongside more focused crisis intervention the service delivers specialist therapeutic services for children, young people and their families who require more longer term, intensive pieces of work. SpCAMHS, BRS and our Inreach CAMHS Liaison Team work very closely together with the most complex and high risk children and young people in order to provide more intensive support. The BRS is also the clinical base from which the Hampshire and IOW Forensic CAMHS Team provides its Forensic CAMHS input for Southampton.

Southampton CAMH Services are in the process of significant transformation including the recent creation of a Single Point of Access working jointly with colleagues from local third sector organisations. This will improve the ability of patients to access the appropriate service in a more timely fashion. We are currently transforming our offer of early intervention within CAMHS and developing pathways for patients to have a clearer journey through the service. We have been working with local commissioners and other agencies city wide to enhance the ADHD pathway for children and young people, to allow early intervention outside CAMHS and streamlined assessment pathways within CAMHS. In addition to the transformation within CAMHS, we are working alongside commissioners to develop Mental Health in School Teams with full mobilisation well underway for 2022.

Service transformation has been predominantly influenced by close collaboration with commissioning colleagues from Southampton City CCG; within the framework of national strategic drivers and funding changes through Future in Mind and the Five Years Forward View. The transformation across the services has involved the creation of an MDT leadership structure within the team, including the recent appointment of a consultant nurse and consultant clinical psychologist.

Southampton CAMHS is especially recognised as a centre for training and education with the lead role in undergraduate medical education in Psychiatry and similarly for post-graduate specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The recent (2015) appointment within the service of a senior CAMHS Medical academic (Professor and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) jointly with the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Psychology (Southampton University); has further enhanced the academic and research reputation of the service.

This vacancy has arisen due to the increased investment in our BRS Service as it transforms into a service offering extended hours crisis intervention alongside highly specialist therapeutic intervention. The successful applicant will join a relatively well provisioned multi-disciplinary service with other consultant colleagues already in post. The transformation process has also provided the service with excellent further development opportunities.

Person Specification



  • Recognised basic Medical Degree
  • MRCPsych or recognised equivalent
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Eligible for inclusion on the Specialist register or CCT in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (or within 6 months of obtaining CCT at the time of interview)
  • Recognised training in child and adolescent psychiatry for at least 3 years (including CAMHSLD competencies as per curriculum)



  • Ability to diagnose and manage appropriate common psychiatric and child psychiatry disorders including medical and psychological treatments
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Research experience
  • Experience of Consultation with other disciplines and agencies
  • Experience of supervising others.
  • Experience of Teaching
  • Experience of paediatric liaison
  • Experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties and developmental disorders (up to 18 years)
  • Experience in the assessments and interventions to meet the needs of CYPs presenting with risk to others (forensic needs)

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