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Consultant Psychiatrist for Children and Adolescents

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

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Job summary

Consultant Psychiatrist for Children and Adolescents - 6 PAs

We are looking for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist to join our innovative and experienced community specialist CAMHS team in Berkshire West.

Due to vacancies created by new service developments and staff changing their roles, we have a total of 6PAs available within our West Specialist Community team (based at Reading).

The role is mainly based at the stunning Erlegh House, based in the grounds of Reading University and close to the campus, which offers access to some of the University facilities, such as the gym. There will also be some travel required to other SCT sites for meetings and an element of home working.

Main duties of the job

The Consultant should be oriented towards a team approach and work closely with other CAMHS teams such as CAMHS Common Point of Entry (CPE), CAMHS Rapid Response (Crisis team), CAMHS Phoenix (Tier 4 alternative to admission ), parents/carers, other CYPF colleagues including Community Paediatricians, the Children & Young Peoples Integrated Therapy Team, Health Visitors, School Nurses, General Practitioners, Childrens Social Care and other local authority services, schools and VCSE partners as well as other clinical support staff in the Trust and members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team.

The Consultant Role will include the following Clinical Duties

Contribution to the assessment of children and young people presenting to the team.

Treatment of children and young people with mental health disorders, tailored to their individual needs, in a multi-disciplinary setting.

It is expected that the Consultants caseload will vary depending on the complexity of clinical presentations of the young people seen. This will be agreed in regular caseload supervision with the line manager.

Consultation and collaboration with other agencies in the assessment and treatment of complex presentations.

Meetings and consultations with other members of the team and external agencies as required.

Planning and co-ordinating mental health services for children, young people and families, where appropriate.

Participate in medical audit and evaluation

About us

Berkshire Healthcare CAMHS runs a pathway model with locality-based specialist community teams working alongside county-wide specialist care pathway teams including neurodevelopmental services, EIP, CAMHS Eating disorders, a Rapid Response team.

The Consultant will be based within the West Business Unit which covers the localities of Wokingham, Reading and Newbury. Each unitary authority brings its own population needs and demographics. The Consultant will be primarily responsible for the provision of psychiatric services to children and young people living in the Reading locality, but will work collaboratively with the other Consultants within the West Business Unit, to ensure that psychiatric services are provided relative to demand across the unit.

The Multi-Disciplinary Team provides an outpatient Tier 3 Specialist CAMH service to children and adolescents up to their eighteenth birthday in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders. We have a good working relationship with the AMHT and there is a trust-wide transition policy.

The Berkshire West SCT team are a cohesive team of professionals including Psychologists, Family Therapist, Art Therapist, nurses, CBT therapist, assistants and a very experienced admin team who run our clinics with great expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Benefits of working for us include:

Flexible working options to support work-life balance.

27 days annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell leave

Generous NHS pension scheme 20.68% employer contribution

Excellent learning and career development opportunities

Advanced IT enablement

Cycle to Work and car leasing scheme

Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services

Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card

Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality

Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseries

The 4 must haves for this role:

To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval, and to abide by professional codes of conduct.

Able to provide supportive clinical leadership to the clinical team

Enthusiastic and self-motivated

Have a good sense of humour

If you are someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call Kim Jones CAMHS Service Manager on 07786703615 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

We would encourage interested applicants to contact Dr Tamsin Marshall, Medical Lead for CAMHS (07990 946840) for more information and informal discussions.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • 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.


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

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 patients



  • 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

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