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Consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


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Full time - 10 sessions per week (TBC)
Job ref
£82,096 - £110,683 per annum
Salary period
08/12/2021 23:59

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust is responsible for providing mental health services for people of all ages across the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, as well as providing some specialist services across the whole of North London and beyond. Since January 2011, the Trust also provides adult and children’s community health services in Enfield, following the transfer of Enfield Community Services from NHS Enfield. 

Please note - Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust will only accept on-line application forms.

Job overview

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust seeks to appoint a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services based in the London Borough of Enfield.

The post has been especially developed through new commissioning and investment given the increase in referrals for Neuro-developmental assessment/treatments and to offer timely Psychiatric assessments for children with severe and complex mental health presentations which are increasing in number to this service and the post will also cover the existing, well established CAMHS service for the Looked after Children’s Team HEART ( Health, Education and Access to Resources Team)


Main duties of the job

Objectives of the post- HEART (LAC) CAMHS (4PAS)

Clinical Care

  • To manage an established caseload many of whom are on medication
  • Assessment of children and young people with a range of difficulties – neurodevelopmental disorders and emotional disorders in looked after children for children and young people 0-18 years
  • To provide joint work with other members of the multidisciplinary team where psychiatric opinion is needed
  • To assess newly allocated cases and formulate appropriate treatment plans in collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines
  • To provide consultation to social workers and to the professional networks around children and young people with advice around placement stability and CAMHS work
  • To comply with all legal obligations covering clinical practice e.g. Mental Health Act and Code of Practice, Safeguarding

Working for our organisation

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS), rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. This service treats and cares for people within the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions.

We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services and mental health liaison services in North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust.

Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining us.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Duties of the Post

Clinical Care

  • To assess and manage children presenting with mental health difficulties/ neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • To take Consultant responsibility in treatment and devising care plans and managing complex drug regimens.
  • To prioritise cases requiring urgent psychiatric in-put.
  • To work collaboratively with clinical colleagues.
  • To be available to clinicians within CAMHS to discuss the management of cases.
  • To be available for consultation to partners in Education, Social care and Paediatrics.
  • To be involved with the transition of cases to Adult Services.
  • To offer expert advice on risk assessment and management.
  • To work collaboratively with other services within CAMHS, BEH-MHT, and professionals within the Voluntary Sector.
  • To attend Child In Need meetings, Team Around the Family meetings and Child Protection Conferences as necessary.
  • To provide Responsible Clinician and Section 12(2) responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983) to CAMHS patients where necessary or appropriate.
  • To liaise with General Practitioners regarding patients under the care of CAMHS in Enfield.
  • To participate in the CAMHS Consultant Psychiatrist day time rota when needed.
  • To participate in a wider Trust borough on-call rota covering all sites

Person specification

Qualifications and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Listed on the Specialist Register of the GMC Medical Register or eligible to register within six months.
  • Extensive clinical experience of working with children and adolescents
  • Section 12(2) Approval under Mental Health Act and eligible to act as Responsible Clinician for detained patients or eligible
  • Engagement with Annual Appraisal or equivalent
  • Experience of Safeguarding Children framework
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent
  • Higher degree in a relevant subject
  • Membership of a professional indemnity organization
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area

Leadership and management

Desirable criteria
  • Experience of Clinical Leadership
  • Engagement with Service Management
  • Management Training
  • Understanding of contracting, finance, and activity monitoring

Teaching and training

Essential criteria
  • Experience in multi-disciplinary teaching
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification in Teaching
  • Achieved competencies to be clinical supervisor in accordance with London Deanery requirements


Desirable criteria
  • Experience of co-operating in Clinical Research
  • Publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Leading Clinical Research


Essential criteria
  • Experience of QIPP activity
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of developing a service component
  • Experience of leading management projects

IT technology experience and skills

Essential criteria
  • Experience in data gathering and management
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use e-mail and Internet
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the NHS
  • Highest level of integrity and probity
  • Capacity to respond positively to the changing NHS environment
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written media
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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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Nina Patel
Job title
Consultant Psychiatrist
Email address
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