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Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (Lavender Walk)

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 plus London weighting of £2162 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Lavender Walk, South Kensington Centre for Mental Health

CNWL are excited to offer a substantive Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist post for a renowned adolescent in-patient unit at an attractive and convenient Central London location. The post holder will provide Consultant input to the unit alongside one other full time substantive Consultant in post who is currently working as the clinical lead.

As one of only a handful of such units in London, the post will attract an energetic, innovative and dedicated child and adolescent psychiatrist with creative ideas for service development and ideally experience of in-patient work. Lavender Walk has recently revised its Standard Operating Procedure to a model highly focussed on shorter, more effective highly quality admissions.

There is a stable experienced senior management team and close collaboration with the nearby children's Tier 4 unit in CNWL, Collingham Child and Family Centre, as well as the NWL CAMHS Provider Collaborative.

This post attracts a generous annual leave entitlement, study leave, the NHS pension scheme and other financial benefits, such as Relocation package for up to 8K (subject to eligibility)and a range of staff discounts, including purchase and lease of new cars.

Further Information & Arrangements to visit

Dr Azer Mohammed, Clinical Director CAMHS

E:,Tel: 020 3317 5999

Main duties of the job

The role of the consultant psychiatrist will be to provide dedicated, high quality medical care and treatment for adolescents and their families presenting with a range of mental health and developmental difficulties.

The post holder will provide psychiatric assessments, including risk assessment for young people referred to, and those admitted to the service. They will take a leadership role within the team and provide appropriate support and supervision to other team members, as well specialist psychiatric advice to the multidisciplinary team at Lavender Walk .

The post holder will provide share clinical supervision responsibilities with the other Consultant for a Higher Trainee and a Core trainee based on Lavender Walk Adolescent Unit.

About us

Central and North West London (CNWL) specialises in caring for people with a wide range of mental and physical health needs and is one of the largest mental health trusts in England.

The CAMHS service line covers 5 boroughs, each with its own community CAMHS, as well as two in-patient units Collingham Child and Family Centre and Lavender Walk Adolescent Unit, and specialist crisis services for young people.

This post holder would have the benefit of being part of the team's monthly CPD sessions and Tier 4 care quality meeting, and there is an active and strong CAMHS Consultant body. CNWL has maintained 25% SPA time for Consultants and there are multiple opportunities for teaching, QI projects, academic research (via Imperial College), and other special interests.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical duties include:

Provide psychiatric assessment, including risk assessment for young people referred to, and those admitted to the service.

Clear formulation of psychiatric and social need.

Provide treatment for young people admitted to the service.

Working in partnership with young people, parents and carers to develop evidence-based, effective and agreed care plans.

Coordinating multiagency packages of care, treatment and support for young people and their families with complex mental health problems.

Providing consultation, advice and appropriate support to professionals in the wider network of the young person and/or family.

Co-ordinate clinical liaison with clinicians in other community CAMHS services and other agencies.

Contributing to the CNWL Out of Hours consultant psychiatric on-call rota.

Auditing of psychiatric practice and multidisciplinary work.

Ensure effective communication with referring and receiving teams throughout the Trust, (including the local urgent/crisis CAMHS team) and regionally/ nationwide.

Recording of clinical activity and prompt submission of returns in line with service requirements.

Maintaining accurate, contemporaneous medical notes in line with the Trusts record keeping policy.

Providing cross cover for CNWL Tier 4 inpatient consultants.

Management duties include:
  • Take a leadership role within the team and provide appropriate support and supervision to other team members. Provide specialist psychiatric advice to the multidisciplinary team at Lavender Walk Adolescent Unit.

In partnership with colleagues, developing common clinical policies and guidelines for the teams.

Identifying areas of unmet needs and alerting the Service Manager and line manager/clinical director if appropriate.

Active involvement in the Quality Improvement programme for Tier 4 within the organisation.

Active involvement in local Care Quality and Performance group

Work collaboratively with the second consultant in the planning, distribution and allocation of clinical, administrative, professional and managerial tasks.

Attending and chairing regular meetings as described in the job plan including clinical ward based meetings, and day patient team meetings.

Contribute to the strategic development of specialist CAMHS Inpatient Services in association with the NWL PC Clinical Group, NHSE Regional Advisor for CAMHS, NWL STP and the Trusts management structure.

Sharing with colleagues responsibility for the day to day management of the Unit and team.

External Duties:
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the NWL Provider Collaborative.
  • The Trust actively supports the involvement of the consultant body in regional and national groups subject to discussion and approval with the medical director and, as necessary, the chief executive officer.

Person Specification



  • Full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • On the Specialist Register of the GMC Medical Register or eligible to register within six months A
  • Approved Clinician status (or undertaking to obtain this on taking up the post)
  • Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrist or equivalent qualifications/ certification


  • Higher degree or additional qualifications

Experience and Training


  • Completion of Higher Psychiatric Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or being within 6 months of achieving CCT accreditation
  • Or Equivalent training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CESR issued by PMETB)
  • Membership of a professional indemnity organization
  • Training will have included psychiatric inpatient management of children of adolescents
  • Experience of assessing and managing risk in complex patients in acute and community psychiatric settings
  • Competence in child and adolescent psychopharmacology
  • Competence in non-medication therapeutic approaches
  • Use of evidence-based practice
  • Experience of Safeguarding Children Framework
  • Engagement with annual appraisal
  • Experience in multi-disciplinary teaching
  • Ability to take a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring high quality care and staff morale
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written media


  • Approved training in relevant therapeutic practice (e.g. CBT, DBT or Family therapy)
  • Experience of working within a child or adolescent Tier 4 service / intensive community treatment team at a senior level
  • Management Skills and training
  • Publications in the field of Psychiatry
  • Experience working with different cultural backgrounds
  • Experience in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Special Aptitudes


  • Demonstrable ability to relate well to young people and their families
  • Team player to fit in with multi professional team
  • To have an approachable attitude to team members
  • Capacity to prioritise conflicting demands and work flexibly

Interests and Dispositions


  • Willingness to represent the service at Trust wide meeting and in discussions with partner agencies and Commissioners
  • Ability to work and build relationships with agencies and departments
  • Ability to work with Trust management in the spirit of mutually supportive co-operation



  • Enthusiastic about learning and teaching
  • Understand the concept and principles of Clinical Governance and QI
  • Understand the NHS system, especially in relation to CAMH services, locally and nationally


  • Willingness to take part in clinical audits
  • Aware of issues affecting current and future NHS practice, and ability to work within a changing environment

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


South Kensington Centre for Mental Health

1 Nightingale Place


SW10 9NG

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