Skip to main content

This job has expired

Consultant Psychiatrist

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

View more

Mental health
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

This is an established 5 PA post working in the Camden CAMHS Whole Family Team (WFT) Over 5s. There are 2 Whole Family Teams, one forover 5s (approx. 9.5 WTE) and a team for under 5s (approx. 10.5 WTE). This consultant role is with the over 5's team. The consultant in the under 5s Team has 2 PAs and works closely with postholder.

The teams are multidisciplinary with psychology, nursing, social work, family therapy and child psychotherapy. The team provides a service for a disadvantaged and hard to reach population who are receiving services from Camden Safeguarding and CIN Social Work Teams, Early Help, YOS, and a range of Specialist Education provisions including the PRU. There is a separate CAMHS team for Children Looked After.

The consultant role in this service is to support the team with their assessments and interventions and provide support and clinical leadership with diagnostic challenges and with complex multi-agency cases, and to maintain effective relationships with other teams and services. For this population responsiveness and flexibility is key. Some work is clinic based but most is in the community alongside colleagues from other agencies.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is not based in any particular setting, but does most frequently help with complex Social Services cases, and joins colleagues when psychiatric assessment is needed across any part of the service.

The case load is approximately 30 cases at any one time, a mixture of consultation, assessment and treatment, including psychopharmacology for hard to reach children with neuropsychiatric disorders. The use of the Mental Health Act is rare (1 case every 2 years) but the post holder is expected to maintain S12 approval.

There is a strong clinically led culture of being flexible about how the service is delivered, using the CAMHS Thrive needs based approach rather than criteria for referrals. The post holder, as part of the senior leadership of the team, is a crucial person in maintaining the clinical culture.

About us

The Whole Family Service is a multidisciplinary CAMH service of approximately 20 Whole Time equivalent staff, integrated with Local Authority Children's Services. While there are co-located CAMHS clinicians in many Local Authority Children's Services, particularly in Children Looked After teams and Youth Offending Teams, there is no-where in England that we are aware of that has a co-located CAMHS offer on this scale.

For operational purposes the service is split into the Whole Family Team for over 5s, and the Whole Family Team for under 5s.

CAMHS practitioners are placed in Family Hubs, the Social Emotional Mental Health Education Provision, Early Help Teams, Social Work Safeguarding and Child in Need Teams, and Youth Justice Services and are part of one team who meet for clinical discussions on a regular basis and sit together for parts of the week.

Clinicians provide direct assessment and treatment for children young people and families that are referred into the service. The remit of the service is to work with vulnerable families who are receiving Local Authority Services where it is thought that CAMHS, working alongside practitioners in other agencies, was the most effective way of providing a mental health service to a child or young person

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person specification for more information on the role requirements and duties.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register for a psychiatric specialty 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


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry OR within six months.



  • Excellent knowledge in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • 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
  • Understanding of impact of developmental interpersonal trauma on children, their families and professional systems
  • Working indirectly with professional system to offer consultation, support formulation and understanding within networks around a child/family
  • 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
  • Wide experience and skill of therapeutic work with children young people and their families
  • Evidence of working flexibly with team members and with young people, and providing appointments in a range of community settings



  • Able to deliver 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 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 patients

Employer details

Employer name

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust


Camden Local Authority offices/The Tavistock Centre

5 Pancras Square/120 Belsize Lane



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert