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Consultant Psychiatrist, CAMHS Learning Disability 10 PAs

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year pro rata, per anum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
For this role we are very happy to consider both consultant and locum consultant applications.

We have an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, our staff survey results are one of the best in the country, we are leaders in digital maturity and that we have a mature Quality Improvement (QI) approach to innovation and development. We are also very popular with the trainee doctors, are viewed as extremely helpful, supportive and get excellent feedback.

For International Medical Graduates we will support you to get Section 12 and Approved Clinician status and also in the longer term via CESR we will support you to become substantive consultants on the GMC specialist register. That being said we treat all of our consultants the same and as far as we are concerned a consultant is a consultant whether they are on the specialist register or not.

For consultants there is the chance to pursue your own interests, so if they lie in R& D, QI, or management & leadership well support you.

In 2021 Berkshire Healthcare was 4th out of the 48 community and mental health trusts for the number of research projects we recruited to. We have refreshed our research strategy and are looking for enthusiastic colleagues to develop and implement the Trusts research programme.

QI the Trust is very active in terms of quality improvement. Including the opportunity to gain fully accredited QI qualifications.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist to join us as we develop a CAMHS Learning Disabilities service for Berkshire.

This is a new service development and ideally we are looking for a full-time consultant, to work in a county-wide service. However we are open to applicants seeking part time hours and would be happy to discuss this further.

We would encourage interested applicants to contact Dr Tamsin Marshall, Medical Lead for CAMHS (07990 946840) and/or Sharon Brookes, CAMHS Service Manager (07870 365856) for more information and informal discussions about the service.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the experience and outcomes of children, young people and families across Berkshire. CAMH services sit within an integrated directorate that brings together all our Universal, Specialist Physical and Mental Health and Neurodiversity services for Children, Young People and Families (CYPF). Our services for adults with a learning disability are also part of this directorate and adult Neurodiversity Services are joining us from 2023. We work closely together across the directorate, integrating services to enable improved care to children, young people and families where it makes sense to do so.

To hear from our CAMHS Psychiatrists about what its like to work for Berkshire Healthcare, watch the video in 'Supporting Links'

About us

This is a newly created service to serve the population of children and young people with mental health and learning disability needs.

Berkshire Healthcare CAMHS runs a clinical care pathway model delivering evidence-based treatment for anxiety & mood disorders, trauma, mania and psychosis and eating disorders. Crisis and risk support is provided by the CAMHS Rapid Response Team and the service run a Tier 4 alternative to admission unit that provides intensive day care and home treatment as part of the Thames Valley Provider Collaborative.

We are an innovative and forward-thinking service. Other new developments currently underway include a new service for Children in Care, a key working service for children with learning disabilities and/or autism and a vanguard pilot as part of the framework for integrated care.

All CAMH and Neurodiversity services currently operate from two integrated hubs for Children, Young People and Family Service Erlegh House in Reading and Fir Tree House in Slough, with locality bases in Newbury, Wokingham, Bracknell, and Maidenhead.

The service works closely with multiagency partners across East (Slough, Bracknell and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead) and West Berkshire (Wokingham, Reading and Newbury) and is co-located with the Community Paediatric Services for East and West Berkshire.

To hear from our CAMHS Psychiatrists about what its like to work for Berkshire Healthcare, watch the video under 'Supporting Links'

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities:

a) Assessment of families, children and adolescents who present with a mental health issue and have a learning disability aged 5 to 18 years old

b) Treatment for families, children and adolescents, tailored to individual needs, in a multi-disciplinary setting

c) It is expected that the Consultants caseload will vary depending on the complexity of cases. This will be reviewed in job planning meetings.

d) Consultation and collaboration with other agencies in the assessment and treatment of complex cases

e) Meetings and consultations with other members of the team and members of the Childrens Health Services, which includes Community Paediatricians

f) Planning and co-ordinating mental health services for children, adolescents and families, where appropriate

g) Preparation of professional assessments and reports on those children or young people known to the post holder

h) Participate in medical audit and evaluation


All consultants meet monthly with the Locality Manager to discuss issues relating to the locality, for caseload review and support and to receive updates on other services.

A monthly meeting is held for all CAMHS Consultants with the CAMH Head of Service, which is also attended by the CYPF Division Clinical Director.

Regular individual meetings with the Locality Manager will be arranged as required to provide support and discuss any study and/or training needs arising from the appraisal process, and any other issues affecting the consultants work.

Person Specification

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training.
  • Ability to work in and lead team.
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement.
  • Participated in continuous professional development.
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality
  • improvement programmes.


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and
  • postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this
  • post.
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation.
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications.
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to service users.



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment.
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment.
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice



  • Excellent knowledge in specialty.
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty.
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others.
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA.
  • Experience in management of children and young people with complex needs spanning multiple agencies, with mental health and learning disability problems alongside behavioural issues.


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Fir Tree House

Upton Hospital



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