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Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Autism

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
This will be a key leadership role in the newly commissioned CYP Autism service in Staffordshire. The Trust currently has a stable and well established CAMHS consultant group who will offer good peer support to the new consultant in post.

In consultation with the service leads for the CYP Autism Service the newly appointed consultant will support the development of our newly commissioned specialist ASC service and provide a highly specialist psychiatry service to Children & Young People with ASC diagnoses in South Staffordshire. The post holder will be responsible for providing highly specialist psychiatric input across three main areas:
  • Assessment of complex presentations of possible Autistic Spectrum conditions
  • Highly specialist advice and support to complex CYP with a diagnosis of autism
  • Provide medical treatment for problems directly related to the diagnosis of Autism in complex cases

This role will incorporate complex psychiatric assessments leading to formulations of distress interpretation and opinion and forming judgements to inform service provision and providing necessary medical interventions. As well as provision of the clinical supervision to less experienced clinical members of the CYP Autism service who provide assessment and intervention.

Main duties of the job

On a day-to-day basis the consultant will work closely with the Team Leader and Head of Function. The consultant will offer medical leadership to the multi-disciplinary team.

The consultant will form part of the consultant body within the Mental Health Function of the Children and Families Care Group which includes CAMHS, CAMHS ED and Learning Disability Services.

Strategically, the consultant will relate to the Clinical Care Director and Head of Operations within the Children's and Families Care Group. The consultant will also work closely with members of other Care Groups, Service User and Carer groups and other stakeholders, including the local authority, independent sector and Health Education West Midlands.

From an overall professional perspective, the consultant will relate to the Medical Lead for the Mental Health Function of the Care Group and ultimately the Medical Director.

In turn, all Trust staff are ultimately responsible to the Chief Executive.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, milage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information about the role.

Person Specification



  • MBBS
  • MRC Psych or equivalent
  • oEligible for inclusion on the specialist register (higher trainees must be within six months of CCT at the point of interview)


  • Specialty Training

Clinical and professional competence


  • Experience in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at ST 4 -6 level or equivalent senior level in a variety of settings
  • Awareness of current guidelines for the assessment and treatment of mental disorder


  • Experience of service evaluation

Management Skills


  • To demonstrate an understanding of the current policy context within the NHS
  • Awareness of current financial pressures within the health services and implication on practice.
  • Significant experience of multidisciplinary and inter-agency working


  • Formal training in management



  • Effective communicator verbally and in writing
  • Effective ambassador for psychiatry
  • Ability to reflect on own practice and learn from experience particularly participating in learning from serious untoward incidents


  • Evidence of involvement 360 degree appraisal

Training and Research


  • Experience of teaching and training junior trainees and other professionals
  • Experience of undertaking audit and other Clinical Governance activities


  • Recent supervision training/experience

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Anglesey House


WS15 1UL

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