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Consultant Psychiatrist in CAMHS - Hartlepool

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist to become involved in transformation and leadership within a forward looking CAMHS service. We are keen to shape the post to fit the needs of the right applicant and to support them in developing their interests within our broad portfolio of services.

Durham Tees Valley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services work with children and young people up to the age of 18 across Getting Help, Getting More help and neurodevelopmental assessment teams. Generic teams are closely linked with LD CAMHS, Eating Disorders and Forensic CAMHS. The out of hours activity is supported by dedicated CAMHS crisis team, which operates on 24/7 basis and provides extended crisis input as well as home treatment options as an alternative to hospital admissions.

The Hartlepool CAMHS Getting More Help team are based at Dover House which is in the centre of Hartlepool. It has good public transport links and free car parking is provided to staff directly outside of the building.

Hartlepool has a population of around 93,000 of which approximately 25% are children under 18

The post holder will have responsibility for the assessment and management of mental and/or behavioural needs of children and young people presenting with mental disorder and requiring assessment for neurodevelopmental needs.

There are opportunities to become a GMC registered trainer e.g. clinical and / or educational supervisor.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is expected to offer mental health assessment, psychiatric opinions, diagnosis and holistic care plans for patients up to the age of 18, referred to them in hours and when on call. The Trust expects about 2 new patient assessments per week with 650 face to face contacts per year this is for a full-time consultant, but exact figures can vary, depending upon the type of work undertaken, in agreement in job planning.

Direct patient contact would include new patients to service, new psychiatric assessments and review appointments.

Clinical work would be expected to be carried out predominantly within the clinical base at Dover house but may occur within other settings for example a young person may have strong feelings about being seen in an alternative community setting or it may be more appropriate to see a young person at their school.

The post holder will be required to be Section 12 approved, preferably with Approved Clinician status. The Trust would support the post holder to secure these approvals if not already in place when appointed.

The post holder will be expected to complete a minimum of 8 hours clinical supervision per year. This can be in any of a number of formats including individual or group supervision. IT support allows for supervision to be face to face or remote (over secure web-based MS Teams). The Lead Psychiatrist will provide support to the post holder to secure a Clinical Supervisor.

About us

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of �320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with eight local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public.

Psychiatrists are essential contributors to the majority of our mental health teams. Service users expect and are justified to expect collaborative relationships with dedicated psychiatrists who work consistently as part of effective services. Our medical staffing shortage puts strain on services and puts strain on workforce wellbeing and costs extend beyond the financial. The Medical Directorate and Medical Development Team are striving to improve medical workforce recruitment and retention in a variety of ways and the cornerstone of these efforts is The TEWV Charter for the Medical Workforce. (Please see attached Supporting Document).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description for further information on this post. Please note the job description is currently waiting approval from the Royal College.

Person Specification



  • Reflects on own performance and behaviour, seeking and acting on feedback. Able to influence and persuade to improve services Able to take on leadership role in multidisciplinary team. Knowledge of structure and management of the NHS and the Trust. Shows commitment to quality through knowledge of quality improvement and lean thinking methodology OR able to achieve within one year of appointment Able to adapt to and lead service change.


  • Able to take on a leadership role outside the multidisciplinary team. Understanding of NHS & wider health economy and its implications for the work of the Trust. Trained to standard equivalent to level 2 in TEWV Trust Quality improvement system

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training Participated in continuous professional development Participated in research or service evaluation. Able to use and appraise clinical evidence. Has actively participated in clinical audit.


  • 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



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych or equivalent postgraduate qualification.
  • Approved Clinician Status and Section 12 Status OR be able to achieve within 3 months.

Clinical Knowledge & Skills


  • 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


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



  • Describe your clinical experience relevant to this job role


  • Any other experience that may be applicable

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust



Lynn Street North



TS24 7JZ

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