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Speciality Doctor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NDC)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum
Closing date
12 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This post is for a specialty doctor in child and adolescent psychiatry. The post is within the NDC service covering the whole county of Oxfordshire. The service has been undergoing transformation since 2017 in line with the Thrive model.

The service has an assessment and a treatment (for complex neurodevelopmental cases) component as well as an ADHD clinic run by Non medical prescribers and consultants. The post holder would initially join the ADHD clinic and manage the ongoing medication and treatment of young people with ADHD and ASD. We are keen to support clinicians in their professional development and as such would encourage and support the post holder in developing skills in assessment and treatment. The team is a supportive and collaborative one and we encourage quality improvement initiatives and service developments from all members. We run therapeutic groups (post ADHD and ASD for parents, Anxiety and challenging behaviour groups) and the post holder would be encouraged to be involved in these if interested.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within an active and supportive multidisciplinary team. The specialty doctor is responsible for their own practice, but will have supervision and support from the consultants and clinicians within the team. The team currently has 3 WTE consultants but is likely to expand. The consultants provide supervision for the NMPs each week and the post holder would join this supervision. The NMPs hold case loads of 150 cases but this varies depending on their involvement in other parts of the service. We would be keen to develop this specialty doctor role depending on the interests of the post holder and the needs of the service.

The specialty psychiatrist will work in partnership within the multidisciplinary team for the clinical management of patients and take on more complex cases depending on their knowledge and experience. This will include risk assessment, the assessment of the needs of carers, planning and delivery of therapeutic interventions. The post holder will regularly consult with other parts of the service (eg Getting more help. Eating disorders).

The NDC team receives support from other teams providing services for this population of children and Young People. This includes CAMHS Outreach Service (OSCA), a multi-disciplinary team working with Children and young people with complex needs, The Early intervention service in psychosis (EIP) Team, Tier 4 Forensic CAMHS, Specialist team for sexual harm and the Tier 4 neurodevelopmental service.

About us

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset.

Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people's homes, delivering care as close to home as possible

Our vision is that no matter who you are or where you are, you will tell us that you receive:Outstanding care delivered by an outstanding team

Our values are:Caring, safe and excellent

At Oxford Health we offer a wide range of benefits designed to support your career and wellbeing. These include:

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • Access to tailored individual and Trust wide learning and development
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Staff accommodation (please note waiting lists may apply)
  • Staff networking and support groups hosted by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team

Job description
Job responsibilities

  1. Day-to-day management of their patient list. Initiation and management of medication for patients. Training and then involvement in the assessment process. Participation in groups. Support of the NMP group and development of this service
  2. Providing timely written correspondence to relevant professionals documenting assessments, ongoing management, progress, and discharge summaries using Trust IT and clinical records system training will be provided where needed
  3. Work collaboratively with other agencies as is appropriate for each young person you are working with
  4. Active commitment to delivering the Trusts clinical governance agenda. The NDC team will lead its own governance agenda including audit, quality, patient experience, learning from incidents, patient safety initiatives and interrogation of data. The senior leadership team comprising of the manager and deputy, consultant lead and psychology lead, NMP lead will link with CAMHS management both in identifying areas of concern and feeding back actions, as well as areas of excellence
  5. Contribution to developing and delivering improved clinical services as outlined in the National Service Framework for Mental Health
  6. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the collection of data as required by the Trust and other relevant agencies. This includes the timely recording of clinical activity data, and participation in clinical audit -with appropriate administrative support
  7. The post holder will be expected to participate in and attend the local training programme for junior doctors held on Tuesday afternoons.


  1. The post holder will normally cross-cover with the other trainees for annual leave, study leave and brief periods of sickness absence.
  2. The post holder will ultimately be on the out of hours rota covering Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The out of hours team includes a crisis team member and a consultant. Working on the out of hours rota does depend on experience and some specialty doctors need some time to develop skills first. There is always a specialist nurse and consultant on call too.

Person Specification


  • General medical qualification



  • Some or all parts of MRCPsych or equivalent



  • Shall have completed at least four years' full-time Postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two of which will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty or shall have equivalent experience and competencies.



  • Attendance at MRCPsych course or equivalent
  • Section 12 (2) approval: Mental Health Act, 1983

Clinical Experience


  • Held hospital appointments in psychiatry at SHO/CT or equivalent



  • Experience at ST or SD level or equivalent



  • To exercise an intermediate level of clinical responsibility as delegated by the consultant in charge.

Skills and Knowledge


  • To exercise an intermediate level of clinical responsibility as delegated by the consultant in charge.
  • Ability to work through a collaborative multi-disciplinary framework.
  • Ability to contribute to effective team working. Capacity to prioritise workload
  • Must have good skills in communication with patients, relatives, colleagues and staff of other organisations. Good spoken and written English.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with a range of professionals.
  • Must have interest in and commitment to people with mental health problems, and their carers.
  • Interest in teaching



  • Teaching medical undergraduates




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