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Specialty Doctor in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Fixed Term)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 Per Annum
Closing date
6 Aug 2024
We are seeking a fixed term Specialty Doctor in Children and Adolescent Psychiatry. This post will come to an end on 31st March 2025.

2 years experience within psychiatry is an essential criteria for specialty doctor posts, should you not hold this experience you may interviewed and considered for an alternative posting which will different in grade and pay.

Please note - we run a collated interview approach for all SAS vacancies we have across the Trust, this means that you will be considered for the posting you applied for in the first instance, if this posting is filled but you are deemed appointable you may be offered an alternative posting which may differ in department and location.

The team comprises of a multidisciplinary team which includes a consultant Child and adolescent Psychiatrist, clinical pharmacist, consultant psychotherapist, consultant Family therapist, consultant Social Worker, CBT therapist, social workers and dedicated admin team.

The team have regular multidisciplinary meetings to discuss complex cases.

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen to work as a Fixed Term Specialty Doctor within the CAMHS team. This post is based in Borehamwood CAMHS. It is to support the ADHD team and manage the ADHD Waiting list backlog. The post holder is expected to undertake assessments for ADHD with comorbid mental health conditions and also to support the wider CAMHS team with assessing complex psychiatric presentations in children and adolescence.

Child and Family Clinics

The clinics accept referrals from a number of sources including General Practitioners, Social Workers, Health Visitors and Consultant Paediatricians. Referrals are processed through SPA (the Single Point of Access). The teams are multi-disciplinary including Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Child Psychotherapists, Systemic Therapists and Social Workers. These teams work on an outpatient model and currently receive approximately 250 referrals per month across Hertfordshire.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim it to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disabilities within the UK.

In 12 years, the Trust has been successful in acquiring the tender for the provision of specialist Learning disability services in Norfolk, North Essex and Buckinghamshire. The Trust covers a mix of rural and urban areas, including the City of St Albans, the large towns of Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage, and the smaller towns of Hemel Hempstead, Radlett, Berkhamsted, Harpenden, Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Hitchin and Letchworth.

Hertfordshire Social Services have divided the county into four areas. The county has three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). West Hertfordshire is served by Herts Valleys CCG and Dacorum and East and North Hertfordshire is served by East and North Herts CCG.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Roles & responsibilities Under supervision of a consultant

To undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients.

To record clinical activity accurately and comprehensively, and submit this promptly to the Information Department.

To participate annually in a job plan review with the line manager, which will include consultation with a relevant manager in order to ensure that the post is developed to take into account changes in service configuration and delivery associated with modernisation. To work with local managers and professional colleagues in ensuring the efficient running of services, and share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to management.

To comply with the Trusts agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions, and to take an active role in the financial management of the service and support the medical director and other managers in preparing plans for services.

Provision of psychiatric expertise to the team

To undertake outpatient clinics, home visits and participate in multidisciplinary case discussions.

To liaise effectively with primary care and mainstream mental health services.

To have regular clinical supervision with the consultant psychiatrist. It is the post holders responsibility to ensure that this is booked.

To work closely with the multidisciplinary team and other agencies in health and social care as appropriate.

To undertake new diagnostic assessments for ADHD while also assessing co-morbid mental health presentation and to initiate treatment and monitor the effects of medication and treatment.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice.
  • Section 12/Approved clinician approval.



  • A minimum of 4 years' full time post graduate training (or it's equivalent gained on a part time of flexible basis) at least two years of which to be within a psychiatry training programme or as fixed term Specialty Trainee within psychiatry o or have equivalent experience and compentancies.
  • Ability to work well in multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psychosocial perspective and wide medical knowledge.


  • Clinical experience in a range of services within Psychiatry.



  • Ability to demonstrate clinical problem solving in interdisciplinary areas.
  • Possession of good organisational skills.
  • Be able to actively listen and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Holds a full valid driving license and access to a car (Unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


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