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(CAMHS) Specialist Grade Doctor - Brighton

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£83,945 to £95,275 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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The Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Sussex have an exciting opportunity for a permanent, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Associate Specialist Psychiatrist to join their Sussex-wide team. This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part in prioritising the delivery of a safe, effective and caring service to those young people (0rs-18yrs) with Mental Health Difficulties and their families/carers within Sussex.

Main duties of the job

You will provide high quality specialist clinical assessments, including relevant psychiatric and physical investigation to children, young people and their families in a range of settings, and work collaboratively with other members of the team to plan and deliver appropriate individually tailored treatment plans.

You will work as part of a friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team which includes nurses, Clinical psychologists, OTs, systemic family therapists and child psychotherapists. This post will work alongside other Consultants and Specialty Doctors who work in Sussex ChYPS. You will also be part of a Trust wide consultant network where there are opportunities to liaise with colleagues in other posts throughout the Trust and develop peer networks. You will also see consultant peers at regular division meetings in the locality and at clinical governance meetings.

Sussex Partnership is committed to people participation, meaning that we involve patients and their carers and supporters, in service decision-making and planning. You will be expected to contribute to this shared value and to support the functioning of this service in the delivery of its participation strategy.

About us

At Sussex Partnership we are committed to providing opportunities for flexible working. If you would like to work differently or different hours to as advertised, please get in touch to discuss this in more detail.

Please note this post attracts a Golden Hello payment of up to �5,000 as well as a Relocation Package of up to �8000. Information on these can be obtained from the Medical Staffing Team on 0300 304 0393.

This post is based in the Brighton CAMHS team and has Named Doctor for Safeguarding responsibilities.

Also, if you haven't thought about living and working in Brighton before then you should consider the following:
  • Journey from the coast to the countryside in minutes
  • Enjoy a lifestyle where there are renowned cycle routes and picturesque walks, including the famous South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park!
  • Embrace taking time to discover all the miles of scenic coastline
  • Easy access to airports - Gatwick and Heathrow are both within 90 minutes of the county, providing links to Europe and beyond
  • London is also within easy reach via local and national bus routes and national mainline stations

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To ensure that junior medical staff working with the post holder operate within the parameters of the New Deal and are Working Time Directive compliant.
  • To undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients.
  • To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively, and submit this promptly to the Information Department.
  • To participate in service and business planning activity for the locality and, as appropriate, for the whole mental health service.
  • To engage in medical appraisal and revalidation as set out in the Trust policy on this area.
  • To attend and participate in the academic programme of the Trust, including lectures and seminars as part of the internal CPD programme.
  • To maintain professional registration with the General Medical Council, Mental Health Act Section 12(2) approval (if appropriate), and to abide by professional codes of conduct.
  • To participate annually in a job plan review with the clinical manager, which will include consultation with a relevant manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with modernisation.
  • To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services, and share with medical colleagues in the medical contribution to management.
  • To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the Chief Medical Officer and other managers in preparing plans for services.
  • Recognises and takes responsibility for safeguarding children, young people and adults, using appropriate systems for identifying, sharing information, recording and raising concerns, obtaining advice and taking action.
  • Applies appropriate equality and diversity legislation, including disability discrimination requirements, in the context of patient care and maintains up to date knowledge regarding Equality and Diversity
  • Understanding and utilisation of the relevant legal framework provided e.g. MHA 1983 and the MCA 2005 is essential. A Specialist Grade postholder in psychiatry would need as a minimum to be section 12(2) MHA 1983 approved, if not have Approved Clinician (AC) status/approval and be on the AC register

Please note the Job Description is still with the Royal College for approval. If there are any small changes we will ensure all applicants receive the final version before interview.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • MRCPsych



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Completed a minimum of 12 years' medical work (either continuous period or in aggregate) since obtaining a primary medical qualification
  • A minimum of six years should have been in a relevant specialty in the Specialty Doctor and/or closed SAS grades. Equivalent years' experience in a relevant specialty from other medical grades including from overseas will also be accepted.
  • To be section 12(2) MHA 1983 approved (or achieve within 6 months of appointment), if not have Approved Clinician (AC) status/approval and be on the AC register.

Professional Values and Behaviours, Skills and Knowledge


  • Demonstrates the underpinning subject-specific competences i.e. knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the role setting and scope.
  • Demonstrates key generic clinical skills around the areas of consent ensuring humane interventions, prescribing medicines safely and using medical devices safely.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Aldrington Centre

35 New Church Road



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