Unique opportunity for a full time Consultant, due to the retirement of the previous postholder, to lead the clinical delivery of inpatient care to Corner House, a highly specialised child & adolescent National Deaf CAMHS (NDCAMHS) inpatient service. This 6 bedded inpatient unit is the only one for deaf CAMHS nationally and in Europe.
The post is for a consultant psychiatrist with appropriate experience in child and adolescent psychiatry to lead development and offer clinical leadership in this skilled, multicultural & bilingual team; with an interest in working in the unique cultural world of the deaf community. Experience with deafness &/or knowledge in the use of British Sign Language (BSL) would be desirable but not essential.
The National Deaf Service is an NHS England funded highly specialist service delivering mental health services to Deaf children & adolescents in England via 10 teams within 4 separate trusts. SWLSTG host 3 of these teams based in London, Kent and Cambridge as well as Corner House at Springfield Hospital, Tooting. You will join 3 other consultant colleagues in the Trust providing NDCAMHS services & link closely with other Deaf CAMHS teams nationally. Links with the wider National Deaf CAMHS (NDCAMHS) open opportunities to both teaching & research.
Closing date: 11:59pm on Tues, 14th June, 2022
Assessment Centre to be held on: Mon, 27th June, 2022
AAC Panel Interviews tobe held on: Tues, 28th June , 2022
Main duties of the job
The role of the consultant psychiatrist will be to provide psychiatric assessments and treatment where appropriate; undertake risk assessments; contribute a psychiatric perspective and provide clinical leadership to the multidisciplinary team; provide consultation to other professionals and agencies and contribute to service developments.
The post holder will also be expected to participate in a range of other activities, particularly healthcare governance, quality improvement, teaching and training. The postholder is employed by South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (the Trust”) (CAMHS/ specialist services line). The Trust main base is Springfield University Hospital. It is a full time 10 PA post.
The consultant psychiatrists are also expected to carry out line management responsibilities for their medical trainees.
Working for our organisation
The post holder will join a dynamic and rich MDT composed by a Clinical Psychologist, a Speech and Language Therapist, an OT, a Senior Social Worker, an OT technician, the Ward Manager, qualified nurses and HCAs. A school is attached to the CAMHS Campus and within this there is a dedicated team of qualified Teachers for the Deaf and Teaching Assistants.
The unit has a regular Higher Trainee in CAMHS, who is part of the South West London and St George’s rotation and usually spends a full year with the team.
Corner House is part of the wider National Deaf CAMHS (NDCAMHS) and given the high specialism there are opportunities for both teaching and research.
South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust was formed in 1998. Springfield University Hospital in Tooting is the largest site from which the Trust operates and has provided mental health services since 1841. It provides a range of mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services.
The Trust was originally known as the Pathfinder NHS Trust in 1994 and provided services for Wandsworth and Merton. In subsequent years its strategy was to grow and to become the main statutory provider of mental health services for South West London. The Trust took on Putney and Roehampton services in 1998, Sutton Mental Health Services in 1999, and Kingston and Richmond services in 2001 as the former health authorities were disbanded and primary care trusts were established. The different histories of services in different boroughs are still reflected in service models, cultures and partnership arrangements but a recent move to Service Lines has enabled more homogeneity across the five London Boroughs the Trust now covers.
The Trust now provides mental health services to five London Boroughs: Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston and Richmond as well national services such as Deaf and CAMHS inpatient and community services, OCD, adolescent inpatient units.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- Participating in joint assessments of the children and adolescents referred to the unit, with particular focus on psychiatric assessments, including risk assessments, and treatment plans for young people referred to the service. These may be happening throughout England.
- To develop effective and evidence-based care plans with colleagues working in partnership with young people, parents and carers.
- Co-ordination of multi-agency packages of care, treatment and support for children and young people and their families with complex problems.
- Provision of consultation, advice and appropriate support to professionals in the wider network of the child, young person or family.
- Providing clinical leadership to the MDT.
- Ensure that policies and procedures are implemented to safeguard and protect children within the service and throughout the CPA process
- Participate in training of medical students, psychiatric trainees and multidisciplinary staff. This will include clinical supervision of specialty doctor and psychiatric trainees on the unit.
- Attend and take a lead in clinical meetings as timetabled (ward rounds, mental health act review/tribunals and CPA meetings).
- Contribute to the aims, development and coordination of the National Deaf CAMHS Service NDCAMS.
- Contributing to the South West London and St George’s CAMHS out of hours CAMHS consultant psychiatry on call rota.
- Participation in peer and group supervision meetings.
- To act as Responsible Clinician for young people detained under the Mental Health Act including providing input to manager’s hearings and tribunals. To maintain Section 12 and Approved Clinician approval. If the appointee is not Section 12 or AC approved, they will be expected to become so as soon as possible.
- Liaison with other clinicians and services in the Trust and external services, agencies and professionals as appropriate to clinical work, management tasks and service development or as agreed with the Clinical Director.
- Act with integrity, honesty and probity at all times
Given the nature of the unit the post holder will be expected to learn British Sign Language at Level 3 within 5 years of the appointment, the postholder will be supported with training and study leave to achieve this.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Name Dr Nicoletta Gentili
Job title Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number 0203 513 6860
Alternatively, please contact:
- Dr Nicky Adrian Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Associate Clinical Director 0203 513 6609
- Janet Grimes Head of Service CAMHS 0203 513 3448
- Robson Tanhara Modern matron 0203 513 5473