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Locum Consultant Psychiatrist CAMHS (Wisteria Ward)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum plus London Zone Allowance pro rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2024
This is an exciting opportunity to join an established team in a leading child and adolescent eating disorder service.

The inpatient adolescent Wisteria ward of the St George's Eating Disorder Service provides a national service for children and adolescents with eating disorders requiring inpatient treatment. The service accepts CYP between the ages of 11y and 18y with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder who cannot currently be adequately treated in the community.

The service has recently been redeveloped, and the New Wisteria Model focusses on brief admissions integrated with CYP community eating disorders treatment.

The SWLSTG Community (CYP Community Eating Disorders Service) and Inpatient (Wisteria Ward Inpatient C& A Eating Disorders Service) services work together to deliver an integrated CAMHS eating disorder service for children and young people with eating disorders from the 5 Boroughs, and are uniquely placed to develop innovative projects for CYP ED treatment. Together with partner services in the South London Partnership, one of the most comprehensive, innovative, and effective CAMHS eating disorders care pathways in the country has been established and continues to be developed, including comprehensive outpatient, inpatient, and intensive community treatment programmes including day patient and home treatment services, integrated with comprehensive paediatric and child & adolescent mental health services in South London.

Main duties of the job

The aim of the New Wisteria Model is to improve overall outcomes by making inpatient admissions brief, and importantly having these integrated with the overall model of work within the whole pathway of care, most of which will happen in the community, leading to the best chance of recovery from the eating disorder in the shortest overall time. As part of the aims of the SLP, the service is focused on admissions being close to home and for the shortest period of time. Therapeutically, the model will be integrative and evidence-based, drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches.

The service has close links the adult eating disorder inpatient service (Avalon Ward national specialist inpatient ED service) and the adult community service, which have recently been brought together under the same service line.

This is a maternity locum cover for the incumbent substantive consultant, with a start date in April 2024, and an anticipated duration of nine months.

We welcome applications from both experienced consultants and senior trainees completing their training. Prior experience of working in eating disorders and inpatient services would be desirable, but not essential, and the successful candidate can be provided support and mentoring in eating disorder and inpatient treatment, to fulfil the role. This might be suitable for a candidate with interest to further their career or make a switch to eating disorder or inpatient services.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The appointed Consultant will be responsible for:-
  • Medical leadership and clinical responsibility for all patients in treatment in the service
  • Maintaining Sec 12 Approval, in order to provide Mental Health Act Assessments and to be the Responsible Clinician for detained patients
  • Liaison with referrers and paediatric colleagues
  • Working jointly with paediatrician and community eating disorder service in the MARSIPAN Group to ensure effective care pathways for severely medically unwell patients. This includes the joint care of patients on paediatric wards
  • Working jointly with the respective consultants and care coordinators from the CYP community eating disorder services in the South London Partnership to ensure effective and integrated delivery of eating disorder treatment across the whole care pathway for children and young persons in the SLP
  • Liaison with commissioners when required
  • Working with the ward manager to prioritise resources and to manage team functioning
  • Working with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to provide in depth assessments and appropriate treatment for all patients
  • Working with the MDT in developing effective and novel treatment approaches
  • Providing clinical supervision and support to other disciplines where appropriate.
  • Liaison with childrens social care and education departments
  • Communicating with parents / carers.
  • Ensuring assessment reports, outcome measures, diagnoses are appropriately documented
  • To contribute to multidisciplinary training events
  • To maintain clinical records in accordance with the GMC and Trust standards, and to adhere to the GMC Code of Conduct.
  • To ensure, with other members of the Team, that Care Programmes and Risk Plans are appropriate and updated.
  • To be aware of the statutory requirements of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Children Act.
  • To provide teaching to undergraduate medical students
  • To provide consultant cover for other consultants in CYP-CEDS and within the CAMHS Campus when they are on annual / study leave
  • To contribute to rota for adolescent S136 assessments during day
  • Participation in Trust and CAMHS Clinical Governance pathways, together with ward manager responsible for communication to and from Clinical Governance meetings
  • Participation in research as relevant to the service
  • Supervision of junior medical staff
  • Participation in the Trusts CAMHS Consultant On-Call Duty Rota.
  • Availability within normal working hours
  • Involvement in service planning
  • Contribution to strategic meetings with partner agencies and the CCGs and NHS England, the SLP.
  • The Consultant will also be expected to take on additional work within the Trust, such as working groups and committees, usually at the request of either the Clinical Director or the Medical Director.
  • He/she is expected to be registered for and participate in continuing professional development.
  • The consultant will receive cover from consultant colleagues in CYP-CEDS and within the CAMHS Campus for leave and other absence as below.
  • The Trust and the CAMHS directorate / service line have developed infection control measures for the Covid-19 period. The post-holder will be expected to be conversant with the guidance and to work with the unit to deliver these under the instruction of the CAMHS service line leadership team and the Trust infection control lead.

Person Specification



  • Primary Medical degree
  • Full GMC registration.
  • MRCPsych or equivalent.
  • Included on the GMCs Specialist Register or eligible for such inclusion.
  • Specialist Registrars within three months of completing their CCSTs (in child and adolescent psychiatry).
  • Section 12 (2) approval of the Mental Health Act or be willing to apply for such approval once in post.


  • Higher degree or additional qualifications

KNOWLEDGE: & EXPERIENCE: Critical Expertise in Specialty


  • Completed minimum of three years full time training in approved higher psychiatric training scheme in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • A detailed knowledge of the Mental Health Act, the Children Act
  • Therapeutic skills relevant to the management of children and young people with eating disorders and comorbid conditions.
  • Competence in the assessment and management of risk especially risks linked to eating disorders and of self-harm and suicide.
  • Competence in child and adolescent psychopharmacology
  • Competence in non-medication therapeutic approaches
  • Experience of supporting families and carers in the management of risk and impact of mental illness
  • Evidence based practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant national and professional guidelines
  • Knowledge and understanding of the centrality of Safeguarding and the Rights of The Child in clinical practice


  • Clinical experience in paediatrics
  • Clinical experience in an in-patient unit
  • Clinical experience In eating disorders
  • Experience of working within a child or adolescent eating disorder service
  • Knowledge and understanding of electronic mental health records and Information and Communications Technology
  • Approved training in relevant therapeutic practice, especially Family Therapy
  • Specific experience in one or more therapeutic modalities e.g. CBT, DBT

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield University Hospital


SW17 0YG

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