Specialty Doctor

York, North Yorkshire
18 Sep 2019
18 Oct 2019
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Part Time

An exciting opportunity has been created to work in a forward thinking child and adolescent mental health service in York. This post has been created to allow the applicant to work flexibly with the ability to annualise hours, work only in school term times or during school hours if needed. There is no on call commitment associated with this job.

Lime trees brings together a wide variety of specialists with expertise in children’s mental health to deliver the best possible care for young people. This is a unique opportunity to work with the team at Lime trees to help children with ADHD and associated conditions. Your role would focus around those children who require medication for their ADHD symptoms. You will be supported by Consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrists, Senior Psychologists, Family Therapists, a highly skilled nursing team, Senior and Core Trainees in Psychiatry, pharmacists, and Occupational Therapists.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is a multi-award winning Trust and is included within the Health Service Journal’s Best 100 Places to Work. The Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services for the 2 million people living in County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire and York and Selby. The applicant would work clinically in York which is a vibrant, picturesque and interesting walled city that provides the backdrop for a excellent working environment.

The service is commissioned by the Vale of York CCG and has an established a ‘Single Point of Access’ service, staffed by an experienced team who triage and provide a telephone consultation service to families and referrers. A CAMHS crisis team operates between 10am and 10pm daily, providing all hospital crisis/overdose assessments and follow ups, it also provides intensive home based treatment for the most risky young people. This service will soon become operate 24/7 as part of the Trust wide Alternatives to Tier 4 (hospital) National Pilot project.

The team joined in the CYP IAPT programme in 2015 and has trainees on a number of the Clinical and Leadership programmes. The team prides itself on being able to pull together at times of high clinical need due to a strong nurturing ethos and high level of clinical skill and experience within the team.

The team has a proven track record in involving service users in service development and design. Service users are involved in staff recruitment and participation focus groups are planned.

The post-holder will work closely with consultant and multi-disciplinary colleagues. Duties will include:

1 Clinical assessment and treatment of children including liaison with other agencies

2 Teaching, training, consultation and supervision of colleagues

3 Partake in audit, quality improvement and research including planning and developing the service

4 Administrative and managerial duties

5 Clinical leadership to the team

Clinical duties

The attached programme indicates sessions that would be appropriate but a definitive job plan will be agreed with the post holder prior to commencement. A job plan review will be held with the Clinical Director after 3 months. The Specialty Doctor joining the team will be expected to work in accordance with GMC guidance for working in multiagency and multidisciplinary teams.

This is a 6 PA post providing Speciality Grade Doctor input to the York CYPS (with consultant supervision from Dr Prosser). The post holder will contribute to the teams’ performance objectives and, in terms of clinical work, is expected to achieve an average of 12 direct patient contacts per week, representing a mix of new and review appointments, primarily working within the ADHD clinics, providing assessment, initiation and medication reviews for patients considering or on ADHD medication. The post holder is expected to hold a caseload of mainly ADHD cases. The post holder will be responsible for delivery of mental health services up to a young person’s 18th birthday for the population of York and Selby. Although we have a clinic model where patients attend Lime trees there will be an occasional requirement to perform domiciliary and community visits.

There is a need for a flexible approach to the pattern of working which may change from occasionally in line with the demands of the service and needs of the population. Changes will not be made to Speciality Doctors responsibilities without full consultation with the doctor concerned.