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Consultant - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year gross per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Dec 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This role will be supported by a 12,000 relocation allowance

We have an opportunity for a Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist to join our Tier 4 Inpatient Dragonfly Unit based in Carlton Colville, Lowestoft. The Dragonfly Unit is rated Outstanding by CQC and was awarded a QNIC Accreditation by The Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2020.

The Dragonfly Unit is a mixed sex, 12 bedded Child & Adolescent unit which offers care for acute Mental Health Issues, including a secondary diagnosis Eating Disorder.

You will work alongside a talented, enthused and robust multidisciplinary team that includes a senior clinical psychologist, a child psychotherapist, an advanced nurse practitioner, a family therapist, a staff grade doctor, a team leader and a matron providing a therapeutic, recovery focused level of care.

Main duties of the job

The multi-disciplinary team provides inpatient treatment for young people aged 13 to their 18th birthday with severe mental health problems and eating disorders.

Responsibilities include

  • To provide consultancy, advice, support and intervention to the team and wider professionals. .
  • Multi-disciplinary team working and liaising with other secondary care services and external stakeholders as required.
  • To involve service users and their carer's in decision about their treatment.
  • Supervise and train junior medical staff.
  • The post-holder will have access to designated office space and IT facilities. They will also have access to designated admin support.
  • Contribute to formal and informal teaching to medical students attached to the University East Anglia School of Medicine.
  • The Trust also hosts medical students attached to the St George's International School of Medicine based in Grenada.
  • Active role in the New Care models clinical design group.

About us

This is an exciting time to join the Dragonfly Unit and NSFT as we commit to developing strong clinical leads.

NSFT are committed to Quality Improvement and have paired up with East London Foundation Trust to train and develop our staff in the understanding of QI and how to implement this on our wards.

We are part of the East of England Clinical Design group and currently developing new and exciting ways of working with young people and their families, including the 72 hr admission crisis pathway and outreach/ home treatment.

We believe that staff who feel valued by their employers and are truly engaged are able to provide better outcomes for our service users

Job description
Job responsibilities

For further information on the vacancy available, please see attached full Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification

  • Entry on the GMC Register
  • Approved clinician status
  • Section 12(2) Approval under the Mental Health Act
  • Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCST


  • 3 years or equivalent medical experience
  • 6 months experience in relevant clinical area
  • Evidence of knowledge of diagnosis, treatment + management of complex mental illess


  • Effective team working
  • Leadership qualities
  • Flexibility
  • Driving Licence/able to travel independently
  • Research

Clinical Governance

  • A clear understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to open review of practice


  • Experience of supervising junior medical staff
  • Teaching and presentation skills

BMJ Ref: BMJ-102000/246-MCFYP3255445-N




Location:  Norfolk and Suffolk, East of England

Core Values:  Respectfully, Positively, Together

Size:  We employee 4,000 plus people across Community and Inpatient sites across Norfolk and Suffolk

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. 

We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services. Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was established in 2012, following the merge of Norfolk and Waveney Partnership Trust and Suffolk Partnership Trust. We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities. 

Research at NSFT

NSFT is committed to growing the amount of research taking place locally and has developed a robust infrastructure to enable this to happen. The Trust has a thriving R+D department recruiting to Portfolio studies with a large R+D team in support of this. In addition there is an innovative research development programme which has successfully helped many clinicians to develop their research ideas and careers, link to other centres of clinical and research excellence and to guide them towards potentially leading on research grant applications. The department has been very successful in these grant applications with three dedicated teams: child and youth, adult, and older peoples clinical areas each of which is now leading on major publications and funded NIHR grants and fellowships. The department has strong links with UEA and other universities and has the full support of the Trust Board.

We provide services in the following locations

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  

This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.”

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

Great Yarmouth

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