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Lead Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Consultant CAMHS Psychiatrist (with potential for Medical Lead role) (10 PAs) + on call supplement

Our doctors say that Milton Keynes Mental Health service are good at adapting to new ways of working. They are open to out of the box thinking approaches and appreciate new ideas. The teams welcome those who would like to develop leadership skills, not only clinically but also through service development, and provide every opportunity to incorporate ideas and get them working.

We are looking for a new Consultant Psychiatrist to join our specialist CAMHS team based at the Milton Keynes Hospital Campus and in close proximity to the adult mental health teams and CNWL- MK Headquarters. Our large team is a passionate, well established group of professionals who pride themselves on their strong multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. They deliver excellent quality and NICE recommended interventions/treatments to the children and young people of our community, with positive feedback and compliments received on a regular basis.

This is an exciting time to be joining Milton Keynes Mental Health as we are rapidly growing and developing our teaching programmes. After very positive feedback from our August 2022 cohort of FY, GP and Core Trainees, the Deanery has increased our uptake with two more space for 2023. From March this year, we will also be welcoming our first cohort of 3rd year Medical Students, led by our newly appointed Director of Undergraduate Education

Main duties of the job

To provide a service to children and young people with established or suspected psychiatric illnesses for diagnosis, treatment plan and follow up, mainly for out-patients and very occasionally advice and specialist consultation to young people admitted to inpatient services.

To provide a service to children and young people who have primary diagnosis of learning disabilities and mental health problems for diagnosis, management and continuing care.

To provide clinical support for children with diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions and where needed, clinical input for additional psychopathology.

To contribute to multidisciplinary assessment and management of behavioural impairment

To provide consultation and advice for complex clinical presentations requiring multidisciplinary input.

The post-holder will be expected to carry a full and varied caseload for this post requiring varying degree of input from consultant psychiatrists.

To develop a special clinical interest with the agreement of the Clinical Director.

To contribute to the development of the child and adolescent psychiatry team, with a focus on developing and providing clinical leadership for the team.

To undertake line management responsibilities and clinical supervision of up to two Specialty Doctors.

To be involved in the quality governance including critical incident reviews and management of complaints.

To provide senior medical leadership and work closely with the management team

About us

If interested, there is the additional offer of extra PA's associated with this post to enable the post-holder to be the Medical Lead for the doctors and work in conjunction with the Senior Managers in shaping and developing the service. We are looking for someone who will be a strong leader of the medical cohort within the team and will offer supervision for the specialty doctors and the teams' non-medical prescribers.

The Trust encourages all staff to use Quality Improvement (QI) methodology in their teams and so the post-holder will be offered training in QI. It is expected the post-holder will initiate projects within the service with both the managers and clinicians. A personal budget for CPD is allocated to each Consultant annually. There is also access to apply for CEA awards.

CNWL offers excellent professional support and career development options. The post-holder will be offered a place on the Management and Leadership Course run by the Trust in conjunction with Imperial College. The Trust also has a partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), giving you the opportunity to gain knowledge in improvement science and enhance your skills and confidence to understand healthcare systems and successfully implement change.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Milton Keynes Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) covers the whole area of Milton Keynes with all referrals received into the single point of access in the service. This is believed to be the best way to give greatest flexibility in case management and provision of service to children, young people and their families and carers. The service caters for all mental health presentations as well as children with learning disabilities who have mental health needs. There are a number of treatment pathways within the team for intervention and the service is currently adopting the I-Thrive model.

Being part of a large and diverse London based Trust enables clinicians to access alternative learning and experience opportunities. This post-holder will have the opportunity to work closely with our colleagues in the London based CAMHS teams and (if desired) can spend up to one day per week working within one of these teams.

Please note, applicants must be on the Specialist Register or within 6 months of obtaining the CCT and Approved Clinician Status.

The team is based at Eaglestone Health Centre within the Milton Keynes University Hospital campus

Person Specification



  • A primary Medical Qualification
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Eligibility for Approved Clinician status and Approval under section 12 of the Mental Health Act


  • CCT accreditation in either CAMHS or Learning Disabilities or within six months of achieving CCT
  • Membership of the RCPsych

Personal Characteristics


  • A good team worker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good command of English
  • Open to involvement and development of services
  • Approach based on critical enquiry and evidence-based medicine
  • Able to set priorities, manage time and plan effectively
  • Good record keeping
  • Manage unpredictable and conflicting demands
  • Able to cope with pressure and adapt to change
  • Demonstrate energy and enthusiasm in pursuing the highest standards of care
  • Strong and robust decision maker
  • Passion, commitment and dedication to working with children and young people
  • A positive attitude and ability to reflect and act on feedback
  • Ability to praise, nurture and support others to be the best practitioners they can be
  • Understanding of the importance of excellent team working relationships and the ability to achieve this
  • Ability to challenge poor performance

Training, knowledge and relevant experience


  • Training and experience in working with children and young people with mental health presentations
  • Experience in working in a multi-agency approach
  • Experience in management of risk


  • Experience with service transformation and development
  • Knowledge of appropriate medical, pharmacological and psychological interventions for children and young people with mental health and learning disability presentations
  • Wide range of experience of working in a community-based setting

Management/ Supervision


  • Enthusiasm and experience in teaching
  • Experience and training in management and supervision of junior medical staff
  • Ability to line manage and supervise other staff



  • A commitment to education, training and professional development
  • Understand the concept and principles of Clinical Governance
  • Understand the NHS system, especially in relation to CAMHS services, locally and nationally
  • Willingness to engage with patients and carers to develop excellent services


  • Willingness to participate in quality improvement initiatives and service development projects.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Eaglestone Health Centre

Milton Keynes Hospital Campus

Milton Keynes


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