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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
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Mapother House
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum
12/03/2024 23:59

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Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist - Southwark CAMHS

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant


South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Wandsworth and Richmond.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

We launched our five-year strategy, Aiming High; Changing Lives  in 2021 together with Our Care Improvement System as our quality management system methodology  to make a positive impact on patient care, outcomes and staff experience. By joining SLaM, all staff will get the opportunity to be part of this exciting improvement journey supported with learning and development to harness everyone’s potential as change makers.

The trust recognises the unique and valuable contribution that people with lived experience of mental illness can bring to a role. We therefore welcome applications from people with lived experience and consider them as an asset to the Trust. 

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I’m going to do is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special.

As a Trust we are happy to talk flexible working.

Job overview

Southwark CAMHS – Full time (10 PAs) Permanent Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry posts

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to join the Southwark CAMH service. Southwark CAMHS is an innovative, enthusiastic service and the post has been developed with additional new investment.

Southwark CAMHS provides a comprehensive range of community-based child and adolescent mental health services across the London Borough of Southwark. The service also has access to National and Specialist services provided at the Michael Rutter Centre, as well as inpatient facilities and enhanced community-based crisis services.

Main duties of the job

This is a full-time permanent Consultant post which has been created as part of service restructure as Southwark CAMHS is moving towards implementation of the i-Thrive Model. It offers a unique opportunity to join an established and dynamic team of 5 Consultants in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, within South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will work with the CAMHS Early help team and also provide clinical input to the outreach team, including supporting the work of CAMHS clinicians working alongside Southwark Local Authority in the Clinical Justice Service and in the local secondary Pupil Referrals Unit (Southwark Inclusive Learning Service – SILS)

The service offers placements to medical students as well as Foundation, Core and Higher Trainees; whilst the post holder will not be the named clinical supervisor, they will be expected to contribute to the overall support of clinical placements in the service.

The post holder will also join the Southwark CAMHS management team which comprises of senior clinicians in the service, including two non-medical consultants.

About the location:

Both Mapother House and King’s College Hospital are based on or close to the Maudsley site, which is located than 5 minutes away from Denmark Hill train station (zone 2). 

Working for our organisation


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. It’s important to us that you are valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave. We offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance. We support a range of flexible working options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development. There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Car lease. Our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars.
  • Our staff benefit from keyworker housing, which is available on selected sites.
  • NHS discounts. With discounts of up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through the Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:

  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

Full details of the Job Description can be found on the attachment, which also details the main responsibilities expected from the post holder.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Evidence for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within six months of gaining CCT in C&A psychiatry or Equivalent training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CESR issued by the GMC)
  • Section 12 approved
  • Approved Clinician status or able to achieve within three months of appointment

Training and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience in Outpatient/Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Experience of assessing and managing complex co-morbidities
Desirable criteria
  • Trained in ADI and/or ADOS
  • Training in investigation of complaints and SIs
  • Experience of providing consultation to non-CAMHS practitioners and multi-agency work
  • Special interest in neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Experience and/or additional training in forensic mental health
  • Experience of paediatric liaison and crisis care


Essential criteria
  • Management/Audit - Participation in audit or QI in clinical posts (A) (I)
  • Teaching - Experience of teaching a range of disciplines (A)
  • Research - Involvement in research projects
  • Excellent demonstrable communication skills in English (both oral and written)
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team and resolve conflict
  • Probity
  • Eligibility to work in the UK
Desirable criteria
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Has led quality improvement projects/audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients
  • Evidence of involvement with business planning of clinical services
  • Peer reviewed publication
  • Book publication


Essential criteria
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • Experience in other relevant specialties such as in-patient psychiatry, psychotherapy etc

Clinical skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent child and adolescent psychiatric assessment skills
  • Good ability to relate to children, adolescents and parents/carers
  • Good ability to work in a team setting
  • Understanding of safeguarding
  • Ability to assess capacity and consent
  • Understanding of how complaints and serious incidents are managed
  • Up-to-date knowledge and fitness to practice
  • Expertise in the use and application of The Mental Health Act in children and young people
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of CAMHS work with younger children
  • Evidence of skills in consultation to non-mental health specialists e.g. GPs, social workers, paediatricians.
  • Evidence of range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
  • Expertise in CBT or other therapeutic intervention to postgraduate level
  • Significant experience of developing and leading outpatient/community CAMHS psychiatric care
  • Significant experience of crisis care
  • Expertise in the use and application of The Children Act in children and young people

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Anto Ingrassia
Job title
Lead Psychiatrist
Email address
[email protected]
Additional information

Saurabh Dhingra (Sam), Southwark CAMHS service manager- [email protected]

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