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CAMHS Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist-Lewisham

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £99,532 - £131,964 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024
We are delighted to advertise a 10 PA Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist post within the Lewisham CAMHS service. This role has arisen due to the current post holder (of 10 + years) having left the role for a management role.

This is an interim role for 3-6 months, whilst the substantive role is awaiting RCPsych approval and will then be advertised.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic consultant to join our existing consultant group and form part of the Neurodevelopment team (NDT) and Crisis. You will have a passion for working with young people in a deprived area and the challenges that this might bring.

The post involves the management of young people who have Autism and / or Intellectual Disabilities with additional mental health difficulties. You will help lead this dynamic team and provide your expertise in the assessment and management of young people and families that are referred to the team. You will also support the ADHD treatment team in conjunction with other medical and non-medical prescribers.

This post is also part time with the Crisis team that provides liaison and consultation to the Emergency Department and short stay wards at University Hospital Lewisham. This includes the assessment of young people presenting in crisis, teaching of both medical (including junior CT psychiatric doctors) and non-medical staff and also linking with the psychiatric adult liaison service.

Main duties of the job

This post is split into 6 PAs of with the NDT, of which 1PA is allocated to ADHD treatment team with other consultants in the borough and 4Pas with the Crisis Team. It is expected that 0.5 PAs or less will be with intake to support assessments (within the time already allocated). This is a new model, and at time of writing, has not been started.

The post benefits from 2.5PAs (in total, pro rata) of structured professional activities, during which the post holder will contribute to service development, research clinical governance and quality improvement, in addition to completing continuous professional development and pursuing other professional activities.

The NDT is a well-established service that also has another consultant psychiatrist (6 PAs) as well as consultant psychology (part-time) to support in the leadership of the team. The clinical service lead is an experienced and highly efficient clinician who manages the supervision of the multidisciplinary team members. We offer specialist interventions following assessments to these young people and includes individual work as well as group. The team have a history of innovative work, sometimes presenting her work at international conferences and publishing the treatment models. It is open to young people and children aged 0 to 18 years who are registered with Lewisham GP and have additional mental health difficulties (with an existing diagnosis of autism (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities (ID))

About us

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance. The post will involve some home working, with equipment provided as required.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:1) Assessment and management of children and young people, and to provide psychiatric input for both routine and emergency clinical care. 2) Supervision of junior medical staff. It is expected the post holder will be an accredited clinical supervisor, or will become so if not already3) Attending and chairing clinical meetings as timetabled.4) Liaising and communicating with the MDT, other professionals, teams and agencies5) Strong clinical leadership6) Provision of advice to other CAMHS teams. 7) Participation in peer and group supervision meetings. 8) Participation in training of medical students, psychiatric trainees and multidisciplinary staff.9) Adherence to agreed job plan and appraisal procedures set by the Trust. Also to complete GMC Revalidation requirements within every 5 year cycle

10) Maintain GMC registration, maintain a License to Practice and participate in CPD to remain in good standing with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

11) Maintain Section 12 and Approved Clinician approval. If the appointee is not Section 12 or AC approved, they will be expected to become so as soon as possible12) Cover for colleagues is prospective.

The post holder will also be expected to be involved with service-wide assessments with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, including occasional Saturday clinics (with time off in lieu).

Person Specification



  • MRCPsych membership or equivalent


  • Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • Experience in other relevant specialties such as in patient psychiatry, liaison psychiatry (especially Paediatrics)



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Evidence for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within six months of gaining CCT in C& A psychiatry or Equivalent training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CESR issued by PMETB).
  • Section 12 approved
  • Approved Clinician status or able to achieve within three months of appointment

Training and Experience


  • Experience in Outpatient/Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Experience of assessing and managing complex co-morbidities, including Crisis Care
  • Special interest in neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Trained in ADI-R and ADOS or equivalent


  • Training or experience within Paediatric liaison service and / or Crisis Team
  • Training in treatment modalities
  • Training in investigation of complaints and SIs
  • Experience of providing consultation to non-CAMHS practitioners

Clinical Skills


  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent adolescent psychiatric assessment skills
  • Good ability to relate to children, adolescents and parents
  • Good ability to work in a team setting
  • Understanding of safeguarding
  • Ability to assess capacity and consent
  • Understanding of how complaints and serious incidents are managed
  • Up-to-date knowledge and fitness to practice
  • Expertise in the use and application of The Mental Health Act in children and young people


  • Evidence of skills in consultation to non-mental health specialists e.g. GPs, social workers, paediatricians
  • Evidence of range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Expertise in CBT or other therapeutic intervention to postgraduate level
  • Significant experience of developing and leading outpatient/community CAMHS psychiatric care

Academic Skills and Lifelong Learning


  • Management/Audit: Participation in audit or QI in clinical posts
  • Teaching: Experience of teaching a range of disciplines
  • Research: Involvement in research projects
  • Personal Skills: Excellent demonstrable communication skills in English (both oral and written)
  • Personal Skills: Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team and resolve conflict
  • Personal Skills: Probity
  • Personal Skills: Eligible to work in the UK


  • Management/Audit: Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Teaching: Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Research: Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Research: Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Personal Skills: Has led quality improvement projects/audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients
  • Personal Skills: Evidence of involvement with business planning of clinical services
  • Personal Skills: Peer reviewed publication
  • Personal Skills: Book publication

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Lewisham CAMHS, Kaleidoscope Centre

32 Rushey Green



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