Come to Southampton!
Well situated on the South Coast of England on the beautiful Solent Estuary with the stunning New Forest nearby and the Isle of Wight a short ferry trip away, Southampton is a great place to live with many opportunities for recreation and relaxation outside of work.
In addition, this is an exciting opportunity to join Southampton’s Multi Agency CAMHS service, Building Resilience and Strength (BRS), and be part of a wider multi agency and disciplinary team delivering high quality crisis and intensive intervention service to some of our most vulnerable children and young people. The role is full time, with a majority weighted towards direct clinical delivery but with some protected time teaching as part of our award winning teaching team. You will also be joining with a team of 5 other Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists working across the Solent NHS CAMHS portfolio in a forward looking, progressive service.
The Building Resilience and Strength Service (BRS); is a joint crisis and intensive therapeutic intervention service – jointly commissioned and delivered between Southampton Local Authority and Solent NHS Trust. The service supports the most vulnerable children and young people across the city. Specialist CAMHS and BRS work very closely together on the most complex and high-risk cases in order to provide more intensive support and work to prevent both hospital admission and family breakdown. The BRS also plays a large role in meeting the mental health needs of children and young people looked after, in partnership with our other CAMH Services. In addition the BRS is the Southampton base from which FCAMHS (Forensic CAMHS) input is provided on behalf of the Hants & IoW FCAMHS Team. The successful applicant will be coming into a post which has been made possible through new investment.
Solent NHS Trust has community services in children’s and adult’s physical and mental health and includes a cluster of children’s mental health teams in Southampton. We have close and collaborative relationships with commissioners, the Local Authority, Community Paediatric Services, Acute Paediatric and ED services as well as the in-house Paediatric Liaison team in University Hospitals Southampton (UHS). We offer exciting and innovative services including the SpCAMHS team, BRS, the Autism assessment Pathway, MHSTs, and the newly started CAMHS Inreach Team to work within the emergency department and across the Paediatric wards at UHS. We have ongoing joint training forums and regular meetings with acute paediatric colleagues.
The group of services making up Southampton CAMHS are well advanced on their transformation journey and work closely with commissioners to secure additional investment where required. The service has a multidisciplinary senior leadership team which are dedicated to offering a high-quality service to our children, young people and families. We have clear pathways in the service, including our MDT assessments and a range of evidence- based interventions. We are proud of our DBT programme we have established for children and young people with significant risk relating to mental health difficulties and emotional dysregulation. As a system, we have developed clear transition pathways and governance around these. We have also formed close partnerships with third sector partners (e.g. No Limits, Yellow Door) within the team and on the patient pathway. The results of our last CQC inspection in 2019 was overall “good” with outstanding for “caring”.
We have a strong working relationship with the University Hospital Southampton and Southampton Children’s Social Care. This is evidenced in our practice with pathways around delayed discharges for young people which enable packages of care in the community to be set up or enable in-reach to the hospital whilst waiting for a tier four bed. We have close working relationships with the new care models provider collaborative in the region with innovative developments and investment into crisis pathways coming through that service.
Southampton CAMHS remains committed to being a local centre of excellence for training and education – hosting undergraduate medical students, postgraduate medical trainees from FY – ST4-6 levels, as well as trainee nurses and trainee psychologists. The GMC undertook a regional review of UME & PGME training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in Solent (focusing on Southampton CAMHS) and gave plaudits to the education and training on offer.
We also host the regional academic centre in CAP, with a senior academic in CAP (a Professor) and have close links with the School of Psychology as well as the Mental Health Group in the School of Medicine. We have close links to the University of Southampton Psychology Research team, particularly around Neurodevelopmental disorders and encourage research interests within the team.
Relocation expenses can be offered to successful candidates who meet the criteria as set out in the trust policy.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of this exciting Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist post please contact any of the following for a further discussion: Dr Anna Gibson, Clinical Lead and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (Tel 023 8103 0061) or Ms Lindsey Hunt, BRS Team Manager (Tel 02380 834659)
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