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Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in Paediatric Liaison

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
We are seeking a versatile, enthusiastic individual to provide senior medical input and leadership to our well established, dynamic CAMHS Liaison team at Southampton Children's Hospital. You will play a highly valued role in the care of children and young people with a range of psychiatric needs.

The CAMHS Liaison team works in close collaboration with medical, nursing and allied health staff according to a biopsychosocial model to address the mental health needs of service users under 18 within the Trust. It operates from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and is predominantly inpatient based, with some scope for outpatient work. The core team includes 3 Clinical Nurse Specialists, an OT, Psychiatry trainees, and input/cover from the Bursledon House Consultant Child Psychiatrist. There may occasionally be a request for consultation to the separate matron led team based in the Emergency Department who see under 18s presenting with self harm and other mental health crises.

Main duties of the job


Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Major duties and responsibilities include:
  • Providing mental health care to UHS paediatric patients through expert assessment, formulation, diagnosis, case planning and appropriate treatment. This includes playing a key role in the eating disorders team.
  • Providing consultation and education to trust staff and other service providers.
  • Collaborating constructively with patients, carers/families, other trust staff and external service providers.
  • Ensuring clinical practice meets best practice standards and is informed by the extant evidence base.
  • Contributing to the ongoing improvement of the service through active involvement in research, professional education and staff development activities.
  • Adhering to and complying with all relevant legislation, including the Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Children Act 1989.
  • Assisting in developing and implementing clinical pathways, protocols and policies.
  • Assisting in resolving patient and relative complaints.
  • Participating in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
  • Providing directions, supervision and training to junior medical staff.
  • Supporting the efficient utilisation of resources, including beds


We are looking for a versatile and enthusiastic individual with:
  • Higher training and experience in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry work
  • An ability to work collaboratively with patients, families, carers and other health professionals across organisations
  • Experience in diagnosing and formulating paediatric mental health presentation and developing and implementing tailored treatment/management plans
  • An Ability to work within clinical governance structures in health-care settings and to provide clinical leadership within management structures within the health-care system.


Individuals wishing to apply must be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and should be either already on or within 6 months of eligibility to be included on the specialist register of the GMC.

The successful candidate will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Consultants (England) 2003.

Interviews will be held on TBC

Job Reference: 188-MT1075- This vacancy closes on or before: 27th November 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • MBBS or equivalent
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Registration on GMC Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT or Equivalent level of expertise to a CCT holder


  • Approved under section 12(2) Mental Health Act)
  • Teaching qualification

Previous or relevant experience


  • Higher training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Experience of MDT and multi-agency work
  • Experience of assessing risk
  • Experience in psychopharmacology as applicable to CAMHS
  • Experience of Mental Health Act as applicable to CAMHS
  • Some experience of teaching


  • CAMHS liaison experience
  • Substantial teaching experience

Aptitudes and skills


  • Good skills in diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in children and adolescents in a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Sound organisational and time management skills
  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Empathy & Sensitivity: Capacity to take in others' perspectives and treat others with understanding
  • Good team worker
  • Initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstances
  • Honesty and integrity at all times
  • Ability to reflect on own practice and learn from experience


  • Skills in psychological therapies

Living the Trust values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Aptitudes and skills


  • Evidence and ability to communicate and liaise effectively with patients and colleagues (verbal and written communication skills in English).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO16 6YD

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