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Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - North Somerset CAMHS

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Weston Super Mare
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an 10 PA consultant child and adolescent psychiatry post incorporating 4 PAs (minimum) dedicated to providing psychiatric input and service development to the North Somerset CAMHS Community Eating Disorder Service, and the remainder providing psychiatric input and medical leadership to the core community CAMHS team.

The North Somerset Eating Disorder Service will become a spoke of the Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire specialist community eating disorder hub, which has links with Bristol Children's hospital and Riverside inpatient unit.

The core community CAMHS teams offers extended assessments of new referrals followed by referral on to one of several therapeutic care pathways - CBT, DBT, trauma therapy/EMDR, arts psychotherapy.

Main duties of the job

The diagnosis, management and treatment of children, adolescents and families with severe and complex mental health problems.

The consultant will carry psychiatric responsibility only for those patients seen by psychiatrists within their respective CAMHS team.

The consultant will not routinely care coordinate.

All cases on the consultant's caseload should have another clinician from the team as care coordinator.

The post-holder would be expected to offer new assessment appointments, follow-up, consultation and multi-agency liaison, as well as be available for unpredictable emergency work.

Frequency of follow-up appointments will be determined on a case by case basis, and will include medication reviews, mental state monitoring and reviews with the care coordinator as appropriate.

There would be an opportunity for the post holder to develop a special interest depending on the needs of the locality team.

The consultant is expected to provide clinical leadership within the multidisciplinary team, in conjunction with the clinical service and team manager and other senior staff.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC Registration or eligibility to be included on the register and holding a current licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Section 12 approval/ Approved Clinician Status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g. MD, PHD, Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych or MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Additional clinical qualifications



  • Wide breadth of clinical experience working with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD.
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Evidence of effective multi-agency working


  • Specific additional therapy training (e.g. Positive Behavioural Support, CBT, systemic therapy, DBT etc.)

Personal Skills


  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Clinical Skills


  • Skills in psychiatric assessment, formulation and risk management (including safeguarding) as well as psychopharmacology in children, neurodevelopmental disorders and attachment difficulties.



  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.



  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
  • Understand principles of teaching.

Research & Audit


  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Ability to supervise junior medical staff undertaking research projects.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project



  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Weston Super Mare

Weston Super Mare

BS23 3NT

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