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Consultant Psychiatrist for CAMHS Rapid Response Service

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year pro rata, per anum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist to join a well established and experienced Rapid Response CAMHS team in Berkshire.

Due to vacancies created by new service developments and staff changing roles we have a total of 10PAs available within the Team (based at Reading).

The role is mainly based at 25 Erleigh Road, in close proximity to Royal Berkshire Hopsital and easy access to the Town Centre. There will be travel required between CAMHS sites and to the other Hopsital in the locality, Wexham Park Hospital for meetings and assessments.

About the service

Berkshire Healthcare CAMHS provides a pathway model of care with locality-based specialist community teams working alongside county-wide specialist care pathway teams including a CBT pathway for anxiety & mood disorders, neurodevelopmental services, EIP and CAMHS Eating disorders. This role is based in one of these county-wide teams the Rapid Response team, which supports crisis presentations for the under 18 year olds.

The Consultant will be based at 25 Erleigh Road in Reading and covers the two main hospital locations Royal Berkshire and Wexham Park Hospital. The consultant will be primarily responsible for the provision of psychiatric services to children and young people presenting in crisis..

Main duties of the job

The Berkshire Rapid Response Team and Intensive Treatment team are a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of professionals including Psychiatry, Psychologists, Family Therapist, Mental Health Practitioners (including Advanced and Senior roles) with professional backgrounds in Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. These roles are supported by an admin team who effectively support the administrative functions of our services. Our staff are our greatest asset and we value our Consultant Psychiatry colleagues, working closely with them with appreciation of their expert skills and thoughtful reflection around young people and their families. The Trust aims to provide a supportive and Quality Improvement led environment and Clinicians like working in West Berkshire and tend to stay due to the positive team culture.

This role comprises 10PA sessions as part of a 22PA total of Psychiatry provision. The Main Duties for this role is to provide Consultant Psychiatry Leadership and Medical Input to the Team, Monday -Friday (approximate core hours are 9-5).

Please see the attached Consultant job description together with the person specification for more details.

About us

It is no secret that we have an outstanding rating from the CQC, our staff survey results are one of the best in the country, that we are leaders in digital maturity and that we have a mature Quality Improvement approach to innovation and development.

What else we can offer you? Besides all of this is the chance to have time to pursue your own interests, so if they lie in R& D, QI, or management & leadership well support you.

In 2021 Berkshire Healthcare was 4th out of the 48 community and mental health trusts for the number of research projects we recruited to, and have refreshed our research strategy and are looking for enthusiastic colleagues to develop and implement our research programme.

QI, the Trust is very active in terms of quality improvement, including the opportunity to gain fully accredited QI qualifications.

If you wish to play a pivotal role in leading and developing the service, the opportunities are there. Equally if you wish to develop in this area, we are happy to support and nurture your talent to allow you to take on such roles in the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Consultant job description together with the person specification for this role.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Alun Lewis on 07815485269 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • 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 management of children and young people with complex mental health needs spanning multiple agencies


  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service.



  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


25 Erleigh Road




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