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Consultant in Child & Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year 7 PAs
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Contract Type
Part Time
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The Trust is seeking to recruit for this joint Consultant Psychiatrist post with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust.

The successful post holder will join two dynamic and dedicated multi-disciplinary teams delivering high quality care, via a primarily consultation model, for young people who present with high risk of harm to others / involvement with the criminal justice system in the context of concerns regarding their mental health.

The post holder will be working across two regional Community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (FCAMHS): 3 PAs with South West (North) Community Forensic CAMHS based in Keynsham that provides FCAMHS in Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and Gloucestershire; and South West (South) Community Forensic CAMHS based in Taunton that provides FCAMHS in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

Travel is therefore a key aspect of the role, but some remote working will also be possible.

For further discussions, please contact Dr Oliver White, Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for South West (North) Community Forensic CAMHS at,

Main duties of the job

The role for this innovative post which replaces two current part-time vacancies is 0.7 WTE.

The Post holder will be working in partnership with local multidisciplinary teams, a strong and supportive clinical network of Consultants underpinned by a culture of compassionate leadership who are committed to both staff development and job enrichment and other agencies to ensure clinical management of patients in relation to the Care Programme Approach (CPA).

This will include risk assessment and management, the assessment of the needs of carers, and the development of services to meet the needs of patients and families for which the teams are responsible.

Duties include assessments under Mental Health Act and 2nd on call psychiatric cover to all inpatient wards from Wessex House (adolescent) and adult psychiatric wards.

For a detailed list of the roles and responsibilities for this post, please see the attached job description.

About us

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as good by the CQC. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.

In Somerset, Consultant Psychiatrists are expected to participate in the All-Age out of hours on-call rota.

The payment for this rota (1 in 12) is 1.25 PA's + 3%. The 3 % uplift is on 10 PA's irrespective of how many PA's the consultant is being paid.

For a detailed information for this post, please see the attached job description.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Consultant Psychiatrist will have clinical role within FCAMHS such as provision of specialist child and adolescent forensic mental health expertise in advising, formal consultation and, where necessary, assessment and intervention. All FCAMHS clinicians work across the whole region rather than dividing the into sub-catchment areas. Joint working between two FCAMHS clinicians on a single case is common, particularly between a senior clinician and an assistant psychologist.

The diagnosis, management and treatment of children and adolescents who need consultant psychiatric intervention.

Provision of support to local CAMHS and other agencies regarding appropriate risk assessment and management in high risk cases involving young people presenting risk of harm to others.

Acceptance of medical responsibility for patients on his/her own caseload and the caseloads of other members of the teams under his/her supervision (particularly any junior medical staff). Medical responsibility in many instances will be shared with consultants working in local Community CAMHS (tier 3) teams.

Development of an active leadership role within his/her area of specialist competence in the catchment area for which he/she is responsible. This will involve the development of good relationships with senior professionals in CAMHS and other agencies, identification of gaps in provision for young people and a capacity for service development and innovation.

For a detailed list of the roles and responsibilities for this post, please see the attached job description.23

Person Specification Other Essential
  • GMC Registration
  • oMeet specifications set out in the GMC Guidance: Duties of a Doctor
  • oMobility to meet the needs of the post
  • Own vehicle
  • Valid driving licence
Qualifications/Training Essential
  • oEligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry
  • oEligible for Section 12 Approval
  • oHigher specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in approved training post for a minimum of three years with some evidence of experience in forensic psychiatry
  • AND/OR oHigher specialist training in forensic psychiatry with at least one year's experience of working in a child and adolescent psychiatry setting
  • oMembership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification (in accordance with Royal College of Psychiatrists Guidelines)
  • oCCT in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or Forensic Psychiatry OR within six months of achieving CCT at the time of interview
  • oEligible for inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register in either Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or Forensic Psychiatry
  • AND/OR oPrevious consultant experience
  • oSection 12 (Mental Health Act 1983) Approval, Approved Clinician
  • oSub-speciality or other specialist clinical training relevant to post
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working with young people in mental health inpatient and community settings
  • oExperience of effective multidisciplinary team working
  • oExperience of effective multi-agency partnership working
  • oAbility to undertake full range of consultant responsibilities
  • oApplication of evidence based practice and interest in clinical and policy developments for this care group
  • oDevelopment of multidisciplinary teamwork, close collaboration with a wide variety of services including the criminal justice system education, health and social care
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • oAbility to work within a collaborative multidisciplinary framework and to share leadership responsibilities with senior colleagues of other professions
  • oAbility to understand how organisations work most effectively
  • oCommitment to multi-agency partnership
  • oAbility to promote effective team working
  • oClinical audit
  • oMust have excellent skills in communication in English with patients, relatives/carers, colleagues and staff or other organisations
  • oMust be skilled in professional collaboration
  • oInterest in supervising psychiatric trainees
  • oMust have an interest in and commitment to Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry
  • oHonesty and integrity. Flexibility of approach
  • oHigh levels of enthusiasm for working with this group of young people
  • oRelevant experience of administrative and management role of senior medical staff.
  • oExperience of undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching

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