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Specialty Doctor Child & Family

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£50,373 to £78,759 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

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

Come Join us in Beautiful Suffolk. We are Currently Recruiting to our child and young person services and need a Specialty Doctor

We are pleased to invite prospective applicants to apply for the Specialty Doctor position in the Following area: Ipswich Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Service.

NSFT CFYP service basically tore up the rule book and asked service users what they wanted. The result is a very interesting service which is truly patient-centred. Wendy Burn, RCPsych President.

Main duties of the job

The service is unique and aspires to address the needs of children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties to remove the barriers and transitions in services. We work with our local partners to respond to the pressures in the system and with a supportive and compassionate senior leadership team they will encourage you to develop innovative ideas for quality improvement making our services safer and focused on the needs for all our service users.

About us

Less than 2 hours from London (yet a world away in terms of house prices and cost of living) and serviced by excellent transport links, Suffolk retains a strong local identity and with that a strong sense of community. Set in some of the most beautiful countryside in the country in which a few minutes' drive takes you to a wonderful coastline or deep within a beautiful forest. 

  • Relocation allowance / removal benefit
  • Protected time of 2.5 SPA per week (pro rata)
  • Friendly Colleagues
  • Encouragement and support for areas of special interest
  • Subsidised gyms and free physio service
  • We have a strong education reputation and close ties with both The University of Cambridge and The University of East Anglia
  • Well established county wide teaching program
  • Access and encouragement to partake in research and a well-established research network within the Trust
  • Support for Quality Improvement, Audit and Service development
  • Study leave budget of 600 annually
  • Forward thinking, clinically lead and innovative trust
  • Flexibility can be considered for a degree of remote working 

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Trust is seeking Specialty doctor to join the Ipswich CAMHS Team. The vacancy is due to the current Specialty Doctor successfully securing a training place . This is as an opportune moment to be part of a team to create and develop the functioning of CAMHS services in line with national directives and initiatives. The service covers the eastern area of the county of Suffolk, which includes area of particular social deprivation with considerable psychosocial related difficulties. The service caters to population of Suffolk which has a population of approximately 650,000. This is a 1.0 WTE Speciality Doctor post working in the Ipswich Child and Family Team. This is a replacement post and is based in the community, there are no inpatient responsibilities.

The postholder, together with other members of the multidisciplinary team will be expected to assess new referrals and to maintain a treatment caseload of young people aged 0 to 18 years old with complex mental health difficulties, monitoring use of medication and other treatments as appropriate. The role would include attendance at weekly team meetings and reviews, as well as providing appropriate clinical support and supervision to non-medical staff within the team.

The postholder will carry a small caseload of 25 cases and will be expected to see around 10 cases for review per week and 2 new assessment per week. The post holder is not expected to work outside of the allocated time in their job plans

The post holder may be expected to work in a number of different settings within the Trust, including other Trust facilities, primary care, local acute Hospital NHS Trust facilities, Childrens Centres and patients residences.

Person Specification

  • Entry on the GMC Register
  • S12 Approval


  • MRCPsych


  • 3 years as a doctor post registration
  • 2 years in Psychiatry at SHO/ST level or more senior
  • 6 months in relevant specialism

Clinical Governance

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


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


  • Teaching and Presentation Skills 

BMJ Ref: BMJ-108744/246-MSCFYP4289498-D



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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