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Consultant Psychiatrist - Beacon General Adolescent Unit

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Burnt Oak Broadway
£93,666 to £126,281 pro rata per Annum
Closing date
3 May 2024

Job Details

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, skilled, approachable and motivated consultant to join the Barnet Enfield and Haringey CAMHS division to help in managing the care of young people living requiring inpatient admission to the Beacon General Adolescent Unit which is based at Edgware Community Hospital. This is an excellent opportunity for a consultant to work within a well functioning and closely knit multidisciplinary team of committed and professions. This is a new consultant post that has been created to support the other full time consultant who will work with the person appointed in this post and develop the day hospital service to reduce inpatient admission and support young people to continue living within their community and family/carers.

The person appointed to the post will be encouraged to develop their own interests and pursue research interest in collaboration with the child and adolescent research unit based at University College London CAMHS research unit led by Professor Argyris Stringaris. The consultants will be encouraged to participate in various QI projects across both services and participate in teaching medical students and psychiatry trainees as well.

Main duties of the job

Clinical: To provide an inpatient and day hospital service for adolescents with major mental health problems referred by CAMHS Tier 3/3.5 Services (usually by a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist). The age range of referrals taken is of young people from their 13th birthday to their 18th birthday.

At present referrals of young people with a learning disability (unless mild and managing in mainstream services) and young people for whom substance misuse is a primary and predominant problem, are not accepted by the service.

There may be very rare occasions when a young person with learning disability outside these parameters is admitted whilst a bed is found elsewhere.

The post holder will hold Clinical responsibility for a mixture of children admitted to the day hospital and inpatients, which will be decided on discussions with the consultant colleague in the unit.

The Consultant will be expected to be approved under Section 12 (2) of the 1982 Mental Health Act, the 2007 amendments and its successor legislation. The Consultant will also need to be an Approved Clinician in terms of the same legislation.

The consultants are supported by a 1 WTE specialty doctor, 1 WTE Specialist Trainee from the Tavistock scheme and 1 WTE Core trainee. Office accommodation and secretarial support will be provided at the Unit.

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.
BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS), rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. This service treats and cares for people within the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services and mental health liaison services in North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust. Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical duties include
  • With the other consultant psychiatrist in the team (and the junior doctors) provide psychiatric assessment, including risk assessment, and treatment for adolescents admitted to the Day service and Inpatient Service
  • Working with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to provide assessments and appropriate treatment for all patients
  • Working with the MDT in developing effective treatment approaches
  • Working in partnership with young people, parents and carers to develop evidence-based, effective and agreed care plans
  • Coordinating multiagency packages of care, treatment and support for young people and their families with complex mental health problems
  • Providing consultation, advice and appropriate support to professionals in the wider network of the young person and/or family
  • Coordinate clinical liaison with clinicians in other Tier 3 services and other agencies.
  • Contributing to the BEH out of hours consultant psychiatric on-call rota
  • Auditing psychiatric practice and multidisciplinary work

Management duties include
  • In partnership with colleagues, developing common clinical policies and guidelines for the team
  • Contribute to the operational management group and work alongside peer managers in identifying areas of service development and implementing service improvement plans
  • Contribute alongside the consultant colleague, Service Manager and Clinical Leads to liaison with NHS England Case Mangers
  • Collaborate with the consultant colleague and Service Manager in implementing the transition to the New Models of Care
  • Contribute as part of the operational management to maintaining the Trust values and QNIC standards
  • Active involvement in the Healthcare Governance programme for Barnet Enfield and Haringey
  • With the other consultant psychiatrist, participating in the planning, distribution and allocation of clinical, administrative, professional and managerial tasks.
  • Attending and chairing regular meetings as described in the job plan.
  • Recording of clinical activity and prompt submission of returns in line with service requirements.
  • Maintaining accurate, contemporaneous medical notes in line with the Trusts record keeping policy.

Liaison duties include
  • Liaison with other services, agencies and professionals as appropriate to clinical work, management tasks or service development or as agreed with other consultant colleague
  • Linking with adult mental health services, learning disability services, etc. regarding the transfer of care of young people at the age of 18 years in accordance with the Trust Adolescent Transition Protocol
  • Contribute within working hours to the referrals management by offering supervision to the AOT team and nursing team during the referral screening process, offering consultation and liaising with the referral consultant and NHS England commissioners regarding more complex cases

Clinical governance
  • Expected contribution to clinical governance and responsibility for setting and monitoring standards
  • Participation in clinical audit
  • Participation in service/team evaluation and the planning of future service developments.
  • Active participation in clinical governance meetings.

External duties

The Trust supports the involvement of the consultants in regional and national groups, subject to discussion with the Medical Director and, as necessary, the Chief Executive Officer.

Other duties

From time to time it may be necessary for the post holder to carry out such other duties as may be assigned, with agreement, by the Trust. It is expected that the post holder will not unreasonably withhold agreement to any reasonable proposed changes that the Trust might make.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • Full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Listed on the Specialist Register of the GMC Medical Register or eligible to register within six months.
  • To be approved under Section 12 (2) of the 1983 Mental Health Act, the 2007 amendments and any successor legislation
  • Approved Clinician status in terms of the same legislation
  • Experience, at consultant or ST6 level of child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients in acute and community psychiatric settings
  • Membership of a professional indemnity organization
  • Experience in multi-disciplinary teaching
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written media


  • Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrist
  • DBT skills/training
  • Publications in the field of Psychiatry
  • Management Skills
  • Management Training
  • Experience in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Have experience working with different cultural backgrounds and beliefs.

Special Aptitudes & interests


  • Demonstrable ability to relate well to young people and their families
  • Team player to fit in with multi professional team
  • To have an approachable attitude to team members
  • oWillingness to represent the service at Trust wide meeting and in discussions with partner agencies and Commissioners

Disposition & Circumstances


  • Ability to work and build relationships with other agencies and departments
  • Ability to work with Trust management in the spirit of mutually supportive co-operation
  • Ability to drive and willingness to use own car on an occasional basis, expenses to be provided by the Trust at normal rates. There are standard methods of paying travel expenses defined by national terms and conditions which vary with the degree of travel.
  • Ability to travel between locations
  • Ability to cover for absent colleagues when necessary

IT Experience and Skills


  • Experience in data gathering and management
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use e-mail and internet


  • Familiarity with RiO electronic notes

Personal Skills


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the NHS
  • Highest level of integrity
  • Capacity to respond positively to the constantly changing NHS environment

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Beacon General Adolescent In-patient Unit

Edgware Community Hospital

Burnt Oak Broadway


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