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CAMHS Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist-Lewisham NDT & Crisis

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £88,364 - £119,133 per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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This substantive post has arisen following the resignation of current post holder. It offers a unique opportunity to join an established and dynamic service in Lewisham CAMHS, within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will lead the Neurodevelopmental (NDT) CAMHS, which focuses on the assessment and provision of specific evidence based interventions including in young people with an existing diagnosis of Autism and / or Intellectual Disability and additional mental health difficulties. The post will also include providing sessions to Intake team to support the service wide assessment model.

The post will also be partly based within the Crisis Team which provides a responsive and high quality service to those young people presenting in crisis - primarily at University Hospital Lewisham (UHL). This includes the Adult Majors, Minors, Peadiatric ED and the Paediatric wards.

This is a time of change and expansion in the medical team in Lewisham CAMHS. We have a number of well established and experienced Consultants and will be expecting to recruit to another (part time) post. We will expect to have a total of 5.5 WTE. We have specialist interests in neurodevelopmental disorders, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, Forensics, Children in Care and Crisis/Complex Case management Care.

The successful applicant will also join the SLaM consultant CAMHS on-call rota (see On-call Section).

Main duties of the job

This 10 PA post is split into DCC and SPA sessions: 6 PAs with the NDT, of which 1PA is allocated to the ADHD treatment team, and 4PAs with the Crisis Team. It is expected that 0.5 PA or less will be with the Intake team to support assessment clinics (within the time already allocated).

The post benefits from 2.5 SPA time (in total, pro rata) - structured professional activities, during which the post holder will contribute to service development, research clinical governance and quality improvement, in addition to completing continuous professional development and pursuing other professional activities. Please see notional timetable below for how this could be split.

About us

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance. The post will involve some home working, with equipment provided as required.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

1) Assessment and management of children and young people, and to provide psychiatric input for both routine and emergency clinical care. 2) Supervision of junior medical staff. It is expected the post holder will be an accredited clinical supervisor, or will become so if not already3) Attending and chairing clinical meetings as timetabled.4) Liaising and communicating with the MDT, other professionals, teams and agencies5) Strong clinical leadership6) Provision of advice to other CAMHS teams. 7) Participation in peer and group supervision meetings. 8) Participation in training of medical students, psychiatric trainees and multidisciplinary staff.9) Adherence to agreed job plan and appraisal procedures set by the Trust. Also to complete GMC Revalidation requirements within every 5 year cycle

10) Maintain GMC registration, maintain a License to Practice and participate in CPD to remain in good standing with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

11) Maintain Section 12 and Approved Clinician approval. If the appointee is not Section 12 or AC approved, they will be expected to become so as soon as possible12) Cover for colleagues is prospective.

The post holder will also be expected to be involved with service-wide assessments with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, including occasional Saturday clinics (with time off in lieu).

Please refer to the job description for a full description of the role.

Person Specification



  • MRCPsych membership or equivalent


  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • Experience in other relevant specialties such as in patient psychiatry, liaison psychiatry (especially Paediatrics)



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Evidence for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within six months of gaining CCT in C& A psychiatry or Equivalent training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CESR issued by PMETB).
  • Section 12 approved
  • Approved Clinician status or able to achieve within three months of appointment

Training and Experience


  • Experience in Outpatient/Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Experience of assessing and managing complex co-morbidities, including Crisis Care
  • Special interest in neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Trained in ADI-R and ADOS or equivalent


  • Training or experience within Paediatric liaison service and / or Crisis Team
  • Training in treatment modalities
  • Training in investigation of complaints and SIs
  • Experience of providing consultation to non-CAMHS practitioners

Clinical Skills


  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent adolescent psychiatric assessment skills
  • Good ability to relate to children, adolescents and parents
  • Good ability to work in a team setting
  • Understanding of safeguarding
  • Ability to assess capacity and consent
  • Understanding of how complaints and serious incidents are managed
  • Up-to-date knowledge and fitness to practice
  • Expertise in the use and application of The Mental Health Act in children and young people


  • Evidence of skills in consultation to non-mental health specialists e.g. GPs, social workers, paediatricians
  • Evidence of range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Expertise in CBT or other therapeutic intervention to postgraduate level
  • Significant experience of developing and leading outpatient/community CAMHS psychiatric care

Academic Skills and Lifelong Learning


  • Management/Audit: Participation in audit or QI in clinical posts
  • Teaching: Experience of teaching a range of disciplines
  • Research: Involvement in research projects
  • Personal Skills: Excellent demonstrable communication skills in English (both oral and written)
  • Personal Skills: Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team and resolve conflict
  • Personal Skills: Probity
  • Personal Skills: Eligible to work in the UK


  • Management/Audit: Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Teaching: Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Research: Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Research: Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Personal Skills: Has led quality improvement projects/audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients
  • Personal Skills: Evidence of involvement with business planning of clinical services
  • Personal Skills: Peer reviewed publication
  • Personal Skills: Book publication

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Lewisham CAMHS, Kaleidoscope Centre

32 Rushey Green



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