Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (UCT & PL)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
South Harrow
£84,559 to £114,003 a year + £2162 London Weighting and 3% on call (1:15) per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are currently looking for a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist to work in our Brent/Harrow Urgent Care Team (UCT), [8PAs] plus 2 sessions in paediatric liaison at Northwick Park Hospital. This full time (10 PA) post will provide consultant leadership to the Urgent Care Team (UCT) for Brent and Harrow as well as two new paediatric liaison programmed activities for consultation to the hospital and to lead on the development of a business case for a hospital liaison service for under 18-year olds in collaboration with the acute trust.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, innovative and dedicated child and adolescent psychiatrist with creative ideas for service development, keen to work with dynamic and passionate consultant colleagues and MDT clinicians and to collaborate with paediatricians as well as schools, 3rd sector organisations, childrens services and allied health professionals. You will be working alongside friendly and supportive consultant colleagues. The UCT is nurse led. The Harrow CAMHS service as a whole has placements for two higher trainees (St Mary's higher training scheme in child psychiatry), a core trainee and two specialty doctors. There are opportunities for teaching and training, for example as part of the higher training scheme and strong links with Imperial College London to develop research interests.

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.

Each CAMHS service has its own local management structure: a Lead Psychiatrist, Therapies lead and team manager who work closely with the outer boroughs service manager. Each sub-team has a psychiatry and therapy lead and they, together with the team and service manager form the local senior management team which meets monthly. The UCT interfaces with both Brent and Harrow CAMHS services respectively and there is a weekly transfer meeting for transfer of cases from UCT to CAMHS sub-teams. The UCT sits within Harrow CAMHS and responds to emergency presentations at Northwick Park Hospital. CAMHS has active service user groups for young people and parents. Harrow CAMHS has a monthly CPD session and local care quality meeting, a doctors meeting twice a month which includes peer group case discussions, a weekly local consultants meeting and a monthly senior management meeting which the postholder will be part of.

Job description Job responsibilities

The postholder will take a consultant lead role for the Brent/Harrow UCT and provide daily psychiatric input to the team by offering consultation and psychiatric input as well as supporting junior doctors in conducting MHA assessments at the hospital and directly contributing to MHA assessments if required. The postholder will also contribute to multiagency meetings for young people presenting to Northwick Park Hospital hospital and to the provider collaborative escalation meetings for young people waiting for psychiatric inpatient beds. They will also provide consultation and psychiatric input to the weekly clinical review meeting for UCT as well as continuity of consultant input for young people admitted to paediatric and medical wards and: if required, they will be the responsible clinician (RC). The postholder will provide psychiatric assessments when needed and support the UCT with emergency work at Northwick Park Hospital and 7 day follow ups. They will also lead on the development of the Tier 3.5 service (intensive short-term crisis intervention) for Brent and Harrow.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Full GMC Registration
  • Section 12 MHA Approved
  • Approved Clinician status or willing to apply for approval
  • GMC Licence to Practice
  • MRCPsych (or equivalent)
Training Desirable
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date)
  • An additional post graduate qualification of relevance to working with children and adolescents
Experience, Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Competence in psycho- pharmacology and also non- medication therapeutic approaches
  • Experience and training in the assessment and management of cases with complex presentations with high risk
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance/Care Quality
  • Able to participate in Medical Audit and Quality Improvement
  • Experience of teaching and supervision of junior staff and other disciplines
  • Management Training
  • Experience of Research
  • Experience in Paediatrics
  • Paediatric liaison experience
Personal Skills & Qualities Essential
  • Excellent communication and empathic skills
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Experience of team working
  • Sound organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Cultural Sensitivity and ability to work in multi ethnic environment
Other Essential
  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust: to be checked at interview
  • Reasonable adjustments as needed to support the postholder in their work, guided by occupational health.
  • Computer Literate
  • Full UK car driving licence

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