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Consultant Psychiatrist - CAMHS Tier 3 Merton

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum plus London Zone allowance
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join the CAMHS Tier 3 service as a Consultant Psychiatrist.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Directorate is a well-established provider of mental health services to the population of South West London. We offer highly specialist CAMHS services, combining expertise in CYP moderate to severe mental health services, we are embedding I-Thrive across our Boroughs.

The post is within an established, welcoming, multidisciplinary team providing a community service. The post holder will be joining a diverse, skilled, motivated, and innovative multidisciplinary team committed to continual learning and development and will be offered excellent CPD opportunities.

We are looking for a consultant with the interest and skills in providing strong medical leadership to take our services forward.The role is being offered on a permanent basis, alongside a tailored management leadership programme for those individuals who would be interested in pursuing this.

As a Trust we are proud to offer agile and flexible working opportunities as part of our new ways of working. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 9.00 to 6.00, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

Additionally, we offer a number of enhanced benefits, including a relocation package available- Up to 8,000 relocation package available *terms and conditions apply*

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be a Consultant Psychiatrist providing medical leadership to the CAMHS Tier 3 service in Merton at the Birches Close, Mitcham and will provide medical consultant psychiatric advice to patients.

The Consultant will work in the Merton CAMHS Team which provides Multidisciplinary assessment, care co-ordination and treatment for young people identified as having a moderate mental health problem. While primarily responsible for delivering a quality clinical service, the consultant psychiatrist is also expected to be actively involved in the strategic development of the team and broader services, being involved with the team manager and locality manager in helping to steer the development of the service in line with the strategic direction of the organisation.

The Consultant will carry overall responsibility for the day-to-day clinical care, risk assessment, risk management, initiation of medication, and the recovery focused care delivered by the Team. Where problems arise, the Consultant will be afforded robust support by his clinical Team Manager, Associate Clinical Director, the Clinical Director and where necessary the Medical Director and Chief Executive.

The role is offered on a substantive basis with 10 PA's.

Closing date: 2nd April 2023 (midnight)

Assessment date: 6th April 2023 (via MS Teams)

Interview and AAC panel date: 11th April 2023

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

About our location:

Birches House, Mitcham

The Birches House is home to Merton CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) and Tier 3 Team, the CAMHS DBT service is next door. It is situated near Bus, Tram and Mitcham Junction rail station and near Cranmer Green Nature Reserve.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Medical leadership within the team.
  • Availability within normal working hours, for urgent assessments including mental health act assessments.
  • Assessments in Tier 3 usually one- two a week but depends on active case load
  • Treatment with medication, mental state monitoring
  • ADHD Shared care case load 80-100
  • Case load non shared care 140
  • CPA reviews with care coordinators / reviews with team members as agreed with the team manager
  • Assessments at the local District General Hospitals for psychiatric emergencies
  • Occasional psychiatric assessments outside the team base eg home visits
  • Occasional GP liaison meetings
  • Occasional meetings with colleagues in paediatrics and community paediatrics
  • Liaison with the London Borough of Merton childrens social care and education departments
  • The consultant will be expected (usually once per academic term) to chair the CAMHS higher trainees Seminar. The consultant will provide training especially around Neurodevelopmental Disorders to the team and to colleagues working across CAMHS. When there is a CAMHS higher trainee within the team the consultant will provide clinical supervision.
  • The CAMHS Service line runs regular Learning events at which clinicians within the services provide talks to share skills and knowledge.

Person Specification
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych
  • Additional clinical qualifications.
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice

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South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) serves more than 1.2 million people across the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.

The Trust employs more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to more than 20,000 people from South West London and beyond at any given moment. We received a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following their inspection of our services in 2019. They confirmed that we have maintained and strengthened our ‘Good’ rating across all areas.
The Trust has a long history of innovation that has helped to redefine the mental health landscape in the UK.

We are a multi-award-winning organisation, including:

  • Our innovative Lotus Assessment Suite, which was named Regional Champion for the ‘Excellence in Healthcare’ Award in the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2019. 

The NHS Parliamentary Awards are an annual celebration of talent and innovation within the NHS and Members of Parliament are asked to nominate individuals or teams within their area. Stephen Hammond, Member of Parliament for Wimbledon, nominated Lotus for its innovation toward patient care. 

  • Merton Citizens were finalists in the Guardian Public Sector Awards 2019 Public Health and Wellbeing category after working closely with the Trust and the citizens of Merton to raise awareness of Mental Health and improve access to support for Mental Health conditions.
  • The Trust’s Quality Improvement and Innovation (QII) Steering Group won the Team of the Year award from the Arrhythmia Alliance as they were lauded for their work creating a programme to quickly and easily screen for Atrial Fibrillation, a serious heart condition, amongst service users, carers and staff.

Our Trust is on a journey from good to excellent and our staff survey results improve each year. Our Mental Health services have been provided from the main Trust Headquarters in the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting – for more than 160 years. but we also provide services in many other community locations throughout London and the South East - major inpatient services from Tolworth Hospital in Kingston, and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton.

As well as providing local services we are recognised as a beacon of excellence for national Mental Health Services including Eating Disorders, Deaf Services, OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

We’re proud of our history but we are much more interested in our future. We are transforming our services and modernising our estate with a £150million programme which will provide two state-of-the art mental health facilities.
We are a modern and forward-thinking mental health organisation that really cares for our staff, patients and community, delivering services across five clinically led service lines:

  • Acute and Urgent Care Services
  • Community Services (for adults largely of working age)
  • Cognition and Mental Health in Ageing Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Forensic, National and Specialist Services.

With more than 100 clinical teams across the Trust, you will have the opportunity to work with highly motivated and dedicated professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychotherapists and psychologists; so your work will have a real impact.

We believe that good staff and good patient experience go hand in hand and the people who work with us are at the very heart of delivering an excellent service to our patients.

We are at the heart of a ground-breaking partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust which is radically improving services across the South London system. The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) allows for excellent partnership opportunities across the mental health system and is now seen as blueprint for Mental Health Trusts across the country. Through this collaboration, we continue to see smarter, more joined up ways of working which are driving up quality while driving down costs and ensuring consistency for the people of South London.

Our very wide range of job roles and opportunities combined with our reputation for excellence in Mental Health services make us an attractive place to work. We are always searching for staff who embody our values and are innovative, adaptable and committed to providing our patients with superior, evidence-based care.

As a teaching Trust, we also provide education, training and research in partnership with a number of universities including St George’s University of London, Kingston University London, London South Bank University, King’s College London, University of Surrey, The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and Brunel University London.

We work closely with our educational partners to drive research, education and training. Our affiliated university is St George’s University London which nominates a Non-Executive Director onto our Board.

We recognise that our staff are the cornerstone of the organisation, responsible for delivering the very quality and excellence we promise. Making make sure that our staff are supported with clear roles and responsibilities; fair workloads; fair pay and conditions; and strong education and training is right at the heart of our mission.

All our staff embody our values: they are compassionate, open, respectful, consistent and team-oriented.

That’s why we invest in our people.

By coming to work with us you will be at the heart of an organisation with a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation in healthcare.

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