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Consultant Psychiatrist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum, plus 10% R&R
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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As a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist you will be responsible for ensuring that our service users' needs are met through the delivery of high quality care through multidisciplinary team.

Working both autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will lead the multidisciplinary team as consultant psychiatrist to offer assessment and management to children and young people with complex mental disorders.

You will be working in multidisciplinary and multi-agency environment

You will enjoy working as part of a highly skilled and motivated team to deliver excellent care.

This post currently attracts a 10% R& R payment (which will be reviewed next year)

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to provide Psychiatric/Medical expertise and where appropriate leadership for colleagues. Some of the core clinical work the post holder is expected to provide include:

-Participation in initial, emergency response and partnership assessments and management.

-Participating in consultations with clinicians and medical team within the team and also with other agencies.

-Participating in duty or emergency rota with clinicians and psychiatrist within the team.

-Reviewing patients prescribed medications and completing repeat prescriptions as required.

The post holder will also be expected to contribute to risk assessment and care management of patients they have reviewed through an understanding and implementation of the Mental Capacity and Mental Health Acts where appropriate.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to agree a job plan with the Clinical Director, CAMHS on taking up the post. There may be some flexibility to allow a suitable candidate to be involved in some academic and research interests.

The 10 programmed activity job plan will include:
  • Out-patient reviews, leadership, supervision to team staff and contributing to MDT meetings
  • Supervision to trainees
  • Undertaking mental health act assessments
  • Administration, audit and training as appropriate
  • Attendance at Continuing Professional Development meetings and mandatory training events.

The post holder will be expected to supervise and teach the medical staff on the team as well as medical student and occasional teaching to other professionals on the team. There is an expectation to attend and contribute to the post-graduate teaching for trainees on Tuesday morning

At least once a year the post holder will be expected to undertake expert led sessions tocontribute towards teaching and training of junior doctors.

The post holder is expected to participate in Trust clinical governance and is responsible for ensuring that standards are adhered to in their team, through regular clinical audit. Service evaluation and patient feedback should be a regular part of the teams duties in order to plan for future service development.

The postholder will lead and manage their teams in a way that supports the development of a culture of continuous improvement and learning. They will utilise a quality improvement approach to think systemically about complex problems, develop potential change ideas and test these in practice using a systematic QI methodology.

The postholder will empower their teams to resolve local issues on a daily basis using the tools and method of quality improvement without staff having to seek permission.

They will also promote awareness and understanding of quality improvement, and shares learning and successes from quality improvement work.

To manage, appraise and give professional supervision to junior medical staff as agreed between consultant colleagues and the medical director and in accordance with the Trusts personnel policies and procedures. This may include assessing competences under the Modernising Medical Careers framework.

Please see job description for further details.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education



  • Ability to fulfil travel requirements of the post


  • Valid UK driving license



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

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • 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


  • Experience in working in multiagency settings

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Thorn Road Clinic

Thorn Road



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