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Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-Riverside Inpatient Unit

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024
AWP is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic CAMHS consultant psychiatrist to join the Riverside Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Day Programme, due to the retirement of one of the current consultants.

You will join a 0.6 WTE experienced consultant colleague, a full time specialty doctor, specialist and core trainees, a consultant psychologist, clinical psychologists, family therapists, creative therapist, occupational therapists, social worker and an enthusiastic nursing team. The unit is in the process of appointing a physician associate.

The Riverside Unit has capacity for up to 12 inpatients and an additional 4 day programme places. It is part of the recently developed South West Provider Collaborative.

Main duties of the job

To be named consultant/Responsible Clinician for a proportion of the young people on the unit.

To manage referrals and offer initial assessments and respond to requests from community CAMHS for a Tier 4 opinion.

To contribute to the Access Assessor role within the unit for referral from the local area.

To take on a leadership role within the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to assessment and formulation and risk management.

To initiate and review medication, chair CPA meetings, attend weekly ward rounds and liaise with families/carers and link with the community CAMHS teams (3 Bristol CAMHS teams, South Glos CAMHS and North Somerset CAMHS). The Riverside works closely with the CAMHS intensive outreach team and the acute hospitals.

To be expected to offer clinical supervision to trainee psychiatrists

To join the Riverside Operational Management Group

To manage the care of young people admitted under the Mental Health Act, overseeing all aspects of the legal process, including being the Responsible Clinician for Mental Health Act Tribunal.

To work as part of the Provider Collaborative for adolescent inpatient care for the South West of England. This includes regular liaison with the other 3 adolescent inpatient units within the South West and the respective intensive outreach teams, reviewing all referrals and complex presentations and providing and receiving peer support.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC Registration or eligibility to be included on the register and holding a current licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Section 12 approval/ Approved Clinician Status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g. MD, PHD, Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych or MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Additional clinical qualifications



  • Wide breadth of clinical experience working with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD.
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Evidence of effective multi-agency working


  • Specific additional therapy training (e.g. Positive Behavioural Support, CBT, systemic therapy, DBT etc.)

Personal Skills


  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Clinical Skills


  • Skills in psychiatric assessment, formulation and risk management (including safeguarding) as well as psychopharmacology in children, neurodevelopmental disorders and attachment difficulties.



  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.



  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
  • Understand principles of teaching.

Research & Audit


  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Ability to supervise junior medical staff undertaking research projects.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project



  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Woodland View (Brentry Site)

Thornfield Road


BS10 6NB

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