Consultant Psychiatrist - HMYOI Cookham Wood

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum pro rata
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist to join our Children and Young People Service Line to provide medical leadership to the health and wellbeing team (HWBT) at HMYOI Cookham Wood. The post holder will work alongside the consultant psychologist leading on the psychologically informed approach we use in our children and young people's (CYP) services in secure estates.

The HWBT assesses and treats young people, on ordinary location, in the healthcare wing with mental with mental disorders, behavioural conditions and neuro-developmental conditions including ADHD, Autism and learning disability. The post is part of a multidisciplinary team providing care to this unique population of young people. The post-holder will also work closely with other aspects of the healthcare service within the YOI, including secure stairs, the primary care team and the substance misuse team.

the successful candidate will have the opportunity to negotiate dedicated academic sessions in their job plan to deliver on research, teaching and training priorities'

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to provide direct consultant (CAMHS / forensic) psychiatrist input into the mental health care of young people undergoing assessment or treatment by the HWBT in HMYOI Cookham Wood. And specialist psychiatric advice and consultation to a range of healthcare and prison staff to promote effective delivery of mental health care. The HWBT receives referrals from any member of the prison staff, healthcare staff or outside agencies such as CAMHS, Looked After Children Teams etc. Young people will be either seen in clinics within healthcare or on the Prison Wings.

We need someone who can work well on individual, group and systems levels to help effect change and who shows excellent leadership skills, sharing knowledge and bringing people along with them. As a psychiatrist, the postholder will also be well-versed in high quality interventions for young people throughout the system with a wide range of needs, often underpinned by trauma, attachment difficulties and adversity and demonstrated in part through high risk and offending behaviours.

CNWL in HMYOI Cookham Wood are responsible for providing integrated healthcare services, including primary care, health and well-being (primary and secondary mental health), substance misuse services, medicines optimisation and allied health professions such as dentistry physiotherapy and podiatry.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) specialises in caring for people with a wide range of physical and mental health needs.Over the last decade, our catchment area has grown significantly, making the Trust's population more diverse than ever. The area spans the varied communities of inner and outer London and surrounding geographical areas of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Kent. Within these areas, are pockets of great affluence as well as much deprivation. The population is diverse with over 100 first languages spoken within the communities we serve.

CNWL are constantly developing and working in innovative ways to provide modern, dependable services which meet the healthcare needs of the entire population. We have been a Foundation Trust

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Assessment (including the assessment of risk), treatment, care planning and multiagency liaison for people with mental health problems in the
  • Undertake Mental Capacity
  • Contribute to planned emergency
  • Liaison with prisons, courts, statutory and non-statutory agencies, concerning all aspects of the mental health care management of men with mental health problems in the prisons.
  • To work closely with the Manager, Psychologists and other lead professionals to provide clinical leadership and ensure safe, supportive
  • To liaise closely with other medical, clinical and managerial staff to provide high quality care
  • Participation, when relevant, in the ACCT (self-harm / suicide prevention)
  • Practice in accordance with NICE and other relevant Guidelines and CNWL Trust
  • Accurate record keeping according to Trust and professional guidelines (data protection legislation and information governance standards).
  • Application of the Mental Health Act including sections 48/49 and 47/49.

Person Specification

Educational and professional qualifications


  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practice
  • On the GMC Specialist Register
  • Approved Clinician
  • Section 12 MHA Approval
  • Primary medical degree
  • MRCPsych (or equivalent)


  • CCT in Forensic or CAMHS
  • Higher degree (MSc, LLM, MD or PhD
  • Management and leadership training.
  • Management qualification and/or extensive knowledge and expertise acquired through training and experience up to doctoral level.

General knowledge/ experience & core skills


  • Higher specialist training with CCT in Forensic or CAMHS Psychiatry (or expected within 6 months of interview date)
  • Possesses range of clinical knowledge, skills & information technology expertise relevant to post
  • Exercises sound clinical risk management.
  • Experience of leading a multi- disciplinary team
  • Comprehensive and clear psychiatric report writing skills
  • Awareness of current issues and controversies in service provision, mental health policy and legislation
  • Experience of clinical work in a prison setting.
  • Experience of working with criminal justice agencies including MAPPA
  • Wide experience of clinical psychiatry including the management of emergencies in secure settings.
  • Experience of team working
  • Sound organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • oExperience of Quality Improvement initiatives

Specialist skills


  • Leadership and management skills
  • Capacity to form therapeutic relationships with service users who are in secure setting


  • Evidence of based medicine training, teaching and implementation.
  • Training in specific and relevant therapy skills e.g. Family therapy, Multisystemic therapy, Mentalisation or DBT
  • Experience in assessing and treating those with Sexually Harmful Behaviours

Other attributes


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Caring attitude towards patients
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, prison officers, GPs, nurses and other agencies
  • Commitment to Continuing Medical Education and the requirements of Care Quality
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to equality & diversity.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMYOI Cookham Wood

Sir Evelyn Road



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