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Locum Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant

Main area
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant
Fixed term: 6 months
Part time - 8 sessions per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Community CAMHS Level 5
£84,559 - £114,003 Per annum (pro rata for part time)
Salary period
19/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

We are looking for a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with interest and experience in neurodevelopmental disorders to provide clinical leadership to our Neurodevelopmental pathway  in Islington CAMHS. This is an opportunity for a part time (8PAs) post for a period of a year to cover the current post holder’s maternity leave, starting ASAP.  

There is a well -established CAMHS consultant peer group and the successful candidate will be supported through annual appraisal and revalidation processes.

part time will also be considered.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for a detailed list of main responsibilities.

Main duties of the job

 Islington Community CAMHS is a well-established service providing community-based assessments and mental health interventions for Islington children and young people. The service is based at the Northern Health Centre, a short walk from Whittington hospital.  Clinicians are also based in schools, children’s centres, the local authority  and other sites. The team accepts 1100 new referrals per year. The Neurodevelopment pathway team offers comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessments for children and young people with autism, ADHD or Learning disability, and some evidence based post- assessment interventions and support. Islington CAMHS has close working relationships with other services across North Central London  and is part of the Whittington Health integrated care organisation.


Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Clinical Role

The clinical work includes assessment, diagnosis / formulation and management of a range of common, complex and severe disorders. Specific case load will be calculated through careful consideration of the range of responsibilities of the consultant, through transparent job-planning to include 7 Direct Clinical Care sessions alongside 1 Supporting Professional Activities (SPAs) that include CPD, audit/quality improvement, appraisal and learning within PDP groups.

The post holder will work alongside the Neurodevelopmental Pathway/ NDP manager as the psychiatry lead in this team. This will involve running an assessment and treatment team for neurodevelopment disorders (Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and Learning Disability).

This is a fixed term role to cover the current substantive consultant’s maternity leave.

Clinical duties:

  • Provide psychiatric assessment, including risk assessment, shared decision-making with patients/parents/carers and treatment for children and young people referred to the service.
  • Work in partnership with young people, parents and carers to develop effective,  evidence based, management plans with ongoing review of the formulation and of these management plans
  • Provide consultation, advice, supervision and appropriate support to colleagues within CAMHS as well as to professionals in the wider network of the child, young person or family.
  • Management of complex clinical information from many sources to formulate management of the relative effectiveness of medication, therapeutic approaches for the child / young person and family, and therapeutic / consultation approaches within the child / young person’s network.
  • Apply knowledge of adult mental health – child psychiatrists are well placed to identify and arrange appropriate management of parental mental health concerns and to facilitate transition to adult mental health services if needed.
  • Management of complex  information, including knowledge of mental illness, child development, interpersonal/family dynamics, the Children Act 2004, Mental Health and Mental Capacity legislation, to reach decisions  in the best interests of children and young people.
  • Coordinate multi-agency packages of care, treatment and support for young people and their families with complex mental health problems.
  • Provide psychiatric consultation to colleagues as part of the psychiatry day- time rota.
  • Clinical liaison with clinicians in other community and specialist children’s services as well as with specialist inpatient or other residential services.
  • Provide psychiatric assessment and treatment of cases within the Neurodevelopmental pathway.
  • Together with colleagues - develop links between the team, primary care, other local services and schools.
  • Be responsive and flexible in seeing children and families for urgent assessment where there is risk of self-harm or suspicion of severe mental illness.
  • Contribute to quality improvement through audit of both psychiatric and multidisciplinary team work.
  • Provide reasonable cover for colleagues on annual leave or study leave.

See the full Job Description & Person Specification for further details.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Basic Medical qualification
  • MRCPsych or equivalent
  • Full GMC registration
  • Section 12 Approval
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree e.g. MA, MSc, MD, PhD or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Completed training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in a recognised training scheme
  • On the GMC specialist register or within 6 months of expected date of CCT
  • Approved Clinician or willing to apply for approval
  • Experience in the assessment and treatment of CYP with neurodevelopmental difficulties
Desirable criteria
  • Additional experience or interest in other specialty area


Essential criteria
  • Possesses an extensive range of clinical knowledge and excellent clinical skills
  • Concerned to maintain and develop this knowledge
  • Knowledge of Child Protection & safeguarding
  • Mental Health Act and Capacity Act
  • Knowledge of commissioning process and system
  • ADOS trained
Desirable criteria
  • Additional knowledge in one or more areas of specialty, e.g. Family Therapy, CBT


Essential criteria
  • Willingness to undertake research (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Ability to critically evaluate published research evidence to inform clinical practice
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience Published articles


Essential criteria
  • Experience of teaching in small groups and lecturing
  • Familiarity with problem based learning approaches
  • Commitment to teaching students and colleagues of all disciplines
Desirable criteria
  • Masters degree / equivalent level teaching qualification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of process of organisational change.
  • Compliance with clinical governance guidance, structures and principles.
  • Ability to operate effectively in meetings or committees
Desirable criteria
  • Previous management experience or training Experience of service Development

Other Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards
  • Meets professional health requirements
No smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleImproving working livesCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committed

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Aspa Paspali
Job title
Consultant CAMHS Clinical Lead
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

For enquiries, please contact Dr Aspa Paspali, CAMHS clinical lead aspa.paspali@nhs.net and Dr Vicky Matthews, clinical psychologist and NDP team lead vicky.matthews1@nhs.net.

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
020 7288 3254