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CG2549 - Consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (West Lothian)

NHS Lothian
Livingston, West Lothian
£91,474 - £121,548
Closing date
7 Jan 2023

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Consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
West Lothian CAMHS team

Reference: CG2549

NHS Lothian is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

To this end, NHS Lothian welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Applications are welcome for the above Permanent, full time (40 hours per week) post based in St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

Post Summary:

  • In collaboration with multidisciplinary team to provide a mental health service for children (0-18 age range) with mental health problems referred to Tier 3 services.
  • To provide clinical supervision to higher and core trainees
  • To participate in audit of the clinical services for which you work.
  • To play a role in the implementation of Lothian’s Joint Strategy for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the CAMHS development strategy.
  • To provide reciprocal cover for medical colleagues during periods of annual, professional, or short-term sick leave.
  • To undertake duties as an Approved Medical Practitioner under the terms of the Mental Health Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003
  • To undertake duties for the wider service in accordance with agreed job plan
  • Other duties arising from time to time in consultation with the Clinical Director and Clinical Service Manager.

West Lothian CAMHS team is situated in St John’s hospital, Livingston to the West of Edinburgh in the Central Belt of Scotland, making it easily commutable from many areas of Scotland.

We are located across two sites: outpatients in the district general hospital and Willowgrove Day Programme. St John’s is a busy district general hospital with an A&E and a number of specialist regional services in mental health including perinatal, REDU (eating disorders in patient unit), psychiatry for the deaf as well as specialist other services such as plastic surgery.

Like all of the Edinburgh and the Lothians CAMHS teams, the West Lothian Team clinicians have direct access to the Tier 4 Inpatient and Outpatient teams in order to increase level of support, access complexity in an intensive manner or manage risk that requires multi-professional involvement. West Lothian CAMHS also has a local Day Programme and so one of the attractions of this post is the ability to provide continuity of care to young people across Tier 3 and outpatient Tier 4. The CAMHS inpatient beds are regional at The Melville Unit, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh.  . This blended model of care allows the Consultant in West Lothian to provide care in a seamless manner across tier 3 and tier 4. We also provide a liaison service to A&E, and other departments in the hospital such as Paediatrics and Medical Admissions Unit. This is also supported by our Unscheduled Care Team.

In addition to the Consultant Psychiatrists, and as it is appropriate in a truly multidisciplinary team, the other senior clinicians who manage the team are a Lead Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Practitioner (nursing) and Occupational Therapist Team Lead. Overall, the team comprises of 9.4 WTE Nursing, 5.6 WTE Clinical Psychology, 4.8wte Occupational Therapy, 1wte Speech and Language therapy, 0.6wte clinical pharmacy, 1wte directorate assistant and admin team . The team has input from Speciality Doctors, 1.8 WTE and also as an excellent training post will have (when possible) a Higher Trainee and a Core Trainee.

The team serves a population of around 180,000. There are strong links with Social Work, Education, local GPs and the 3rd sector. Cases are routinely triaged by an experienced small group of clinicians and then prioritised appropriately. There is a weekly multidiscinary team meeting where the expertise of the team is used to manage cases. A number of therapies are provided with good evidence base from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Supportive Therapy, Pharmacotherapy and Family Work. Some clinicians have skills in disorder-based therapies such as Family Based Therapy for eating disorders. There are strong initiatives to reduce waiting times. The presentations of the children and young people vary from anxiety, depression, self-harm to eating disorders. Care and treatment plans are formulation based.

The West Lothian Team has been considered for many years a very good training placement for Core and Higher Trainees in Psychiatry. The team finally is well known for its friendly, supportive atmosphere proven by the substantial stability of staff group.

For an informal discussion please contact:
Dr Nicky Cannon - 0131 537 6364 or 07872421917

Lisa Canale - CAMHS Clinical Service Manager

We cannot accept CV’s as a form of application and only a completed online application form will be accepted. Personal information will not be sent with the application for short listing. The application form will be identified by the candidate number only to ensure that all applicants are treated equally. 

Closing Date:07/01/2023

***PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept late applications so please ensure your application is submitted early***

Interview Date: 02/02/2023



NHS Lothian is the second largest health board in Scotland serving the fastest growing population. We cover four local authority areas, including the city of Edinburgh. As one of the largest healthcare organisations in the UK, we invest approximately £1.6 billion a year in protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. Our permanent workforce of over 28,000 delivers a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services to a population of over 850,000 people. We have 21 hospitals, 119 GP practices, 182 community pharmacies, 173 general dental practices and 127 optometry practices. As a regional centre, we also provide some services for patients in neighbouring areas and we are a national centre of expertise for other specialties, serving people across Scotland.
We have recently invested in a brand-new children’s hospital, the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People, and a new state of the art Department for Clinical Neurosciences. Now is also an exciting time to join our ophthalmology and oncology teams as we embark on plans to invest significant capital into building leading treatment and research centres.

Living in the Lothians

Edinburgh and the Lothians are all home to ample amenities, beautiful countryside and rich history. With museums, castles, beaches, markets, plenty of activities for the family, shops, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife – all on your doorstep – there truly is something for everyone here.
Edinburgh, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is consistently named one of the best cities in the UK to live in and people come from all over the world to visit. The city hosts the annual Festival Fringe and world-famous Hogmanay events and has great transport links, being home to Scotland’s busiest airport and the UK’s second largest train station.

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