Consultant Psychiatrist, CAMHS Learning Disability

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year pro rata, per anum
Closing date
30 Jul 2023

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Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, CAMHS Learning Disability 10 PAs

We are looking for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist to join us as we develop a CAMHS Learning Disabilities service for Berkshire.

This is a new service development and ideally we are looking for a full-time consultant, to work in a county-wide service. However we are open to applicants seeking part time hours and would be happy to discuss this further.

We would encourage interested applicants to contact Dr Tamsin Marshall, Medical Lead for CAMHS (07990 946840) and/or Sharon Brookes, CAMHS Service Manager (07870 365856) for more information and informal discussions about the service.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the experience and outcomes of children, young people and families across Berkshire. CAMH services sit within an integrated directorate that brings together all our Universal, Specialist Physical and Mental Health and Neurodiversity services for Children, Young People and Families (CYPF). Our services for adults with a learning disability are also part of this directorate and adult Neurodiversity Services are joining us from 2023. We work closely together across the directorate, integrating services to enable improved care to children, young people and families where it makes sense to do so.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be oriented towards a team approach, working closely with other members of the CAMHS MDT, Community Paediatric colleagues, integrated therapists, specialist school staff, General Practitioners, voluntary and community sector colleagues' parents and carers to understand and support the mental health needs of children and young people with a learning disability.

The Trust encourages Consultants to develop special interests and has a strong research programme, with a dedicated Research Interest Group in CAMHS. The appointee will be entitled to pursue an agreed special interest within the framework of Trust Services and contractual obligations.

Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance

Excellent learning and development opportunities

Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car

Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff

Advanced IT enablement and support

Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.

And so much more

About us

This is a newly created service to serve the population of children and young people with mental health and learning disability needs.

Berkshire Healthcare CAMHS runs a clinical care pathway model delivering evidence-based treatment for anxiety & mood disorders, trauma, mania and psychosis and eating disorders. Crisis and risk support is provided by the CAMHS Rapid Response Team and the service run a Tier 4 alternative to admission unit that provides intensive day care and home treatment as part of the Thames Valley Provider Collaborative.

We are an innovative and forward-thinking service. Other new developments currently underway include a new service for Children in Care, a key working service for children with learning disabilities and/or autism and a vanguard pilot as part of the framework for integrated care.

All CAMH and Neurodiversity services currently operate from two integrated hubs for Children, Young People and Family Service Erlegh House in Reading and Fir Tree House in Slough, with locality bases in Newbury, Wokingham, Bracknell, and Maidenhead.

The service works closely with multiagency partners across East (Slough, Bracknell and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead) and West Berkshire (Wokingham, Reading and Newbury) and is co-located with the Community Paediatric Services for East and West Berkshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities:

a) Assessment of families, children and adolescents who present with a mental health issue and have a learning disability aged 5 to 18 years old

b) Treatment for families, children and adolescents, tailored to individual needs, in a multi-disciplinary setting

c) It is expected that the Consultants caseload will vary depending on the complexity of cases. This will be reviewed in job planning meetings.

d) Consultation and collaboration with other agencies in the assessment and treatment of complex cases

e) Meetings and consultations with other members of the team and members of the Childrens Health Services, which includes Community Paediatricians

f) Planning and co-ordinating mental health services for children, adolescents and families, where appropriate

g) Preparation of professional assessments and reports on those children or young people known to the post holder

h) Participate in medical audit and evaluation


All consultants meet monthly with the Locality Manager to discuss issues relating to the locality, for caseload review and support and to receive updates on other services.

A monthly meeting is held for all CAMHS Consultants with the CAMH Head of Service, which is also attended by the CYPF Division Clinical Director.

Regular individual meetings with the Locality Manager will be arranged as required to provide support and discuss any study and/or training needs arising from the appraisal process, and any other issues affecting the consultants work.

Person Specification

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training.
  • Ability to work in and lead team.
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.
  • Participated in continuous professional development.
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality
  • improvement programmes.


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and
  • postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this
  • post.
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation.
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to service users.



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • 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.
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice



  • Excellent knowledge in specialty.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty.
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others.
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA.
  • Experience in management of children and young people with complex needs spanning multiple agencies, with mental health and learning disability problems alongside behavioural issues.


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Fir Tree House

Upton Hospital



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