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Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist - Southwark CAMHS

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £99,532 - £131,964 per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Southwark CAMHS - Full time (10 PAs) Permanent Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry posts

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to join the Southwark CAMH service. Southwark CAMHS is an innovative and enthusiastic service. Southwark CAMHS provides a comprehensive range of community-based child and adolescent mental health services across the London Borough of Southwark. The service also has access to National and Specialist services provided at the Michael Rutter Centre, as well as inpatient facilities and enhanced community-based crisis services.

This is a full-time permanent Consultant post in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, based with the adolescent service at Southwark CAMHS (4 days) and with the CAMHS paediatric liaison/crisis service at King's College Hospital (1 day). This post as arisen due to restructuring of the service.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will provide clinical leadership to the Adolescent service, an MDT for children and young people (12-18 years old) and their families presenting with moderate/severe mental health needs. The post holder will work alongside other senior clinicians in the team including the clinical service lead (band 8a), the lead family therapist (8b) and the consultant psychologist (8c).

The postholder will have direct involvement with clinical cases held within the team and offer psychiatric input and treatment alongside allocated care coordinators and other clinicians, as required. The post holder will also manage their own caseload and offer regular slots for new mental health assessments as well as ongoing reviews.

For 1 day a week the postholder will work with the MDT at King's College Hospital supporting assessment, care planning and risk management, including discharge planning, for children and young people who present with mental health needs at King's College Hospital in a crisis during working hours. The post holder will provide direct psychiatric input and support the work of colleagues in the team. The post holder will work very closely with another consultant in the service, who works at King's for the rest of the week.

About us


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. It's important to us that you are valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave. We offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance. We support a range of flexible working options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development. There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Car lease. Our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars.
  • Our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing, which is available on selected sites.
  • NHS discounts. With discounts of up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through the Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as good.

The Adolescent clinical team comprises staff from a variety of disciplines and includes psychiatry, psychology, nursing, family therapy, art psychotherapy, occupational therapy and social work. Much of the work is carried out at the clinic base, but home and other community visits are offered when needed. Team members offer consultations to other colleagues/agencies where appropriate. Outcome data is collected on all cases. The team has trainees from different disciplines on placement. Team members may be involved in research or in helping recruit patients to ongoing research programmes.

The Kings psychiatry liaison team comprises of the clinical service lead (8a), nursing colleagues and psychiatry trainees (a foundation trainee, 2 core trainees and a higher trainee) the post holder will not be the named clinical supervisor but will oversee the work of trainees when working with the team.

The team offers placements to Core and Higher Trainees on the SLAM/Oxleas Training scheme and it is expected that the post holder will be the named clinical supervisor for the trainees allocated to this post.

Full details of the Job Description can be found on the attachment, which also details the main responsibilities expected from the post holder.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Person Specification



  • 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 the GMC)
  • 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


  • Trained in ADI and/or ADOS
  • Training in investigation of complaints and SIs
  • Experience of providing consultation to non-CAMHS practitioners and multi-agency work
  • Special interest in neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Experience and/or additional training in forensic mental health
  • Experience of paediatric liaison and crisis care
  • Training in relevant therapeutic modality eg CBT, IPT, systemic psychotherapy etc



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


  • 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 quality improvement projects/audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients
  • Evidence of involvement with business planning of clinical services
  • Peer reviewed publication
  • Book publication



  • MRCPsych or equivalent


  • 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, psychotherapy etc

Clinical skills


  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent child and adolescent psychiatric assessment skills
  • Good ability to relate to children, adolescents and parents/carers
  • 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


  • Experience of CAMHS work with younger children
  • 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
  • Significant experience of crisis care
  • Expertise in the use and application of The Children Act in children and young people

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Mapother House

De Crespigny Park



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