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Consultant in Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry


Main area
Psychiatry CAMHS
Part time - 0.8 sessions per week
Job ref
North Middlesex University Hospital
£82,096 - £110,683 pro rata
Salary period
02/12/2021 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

This is a new part time post (0.8WTE) that has become available due to provision being increased in crisis services for Child and Adolescent Mental health Services in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.  Across BEH, 0.8 Liaison posts have been created to provide Paediatric liaison psychiatry for young people presenting in crisis to the acute hospitals.  This consultant will be working on site in the acute hospital at North Middlesex Hospital.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a key leadership role in terms of service development and the creation of an evolving service to CYP within the NCL.  As such there will be significant liaison with partners in the NCL and NCEL.


Main duties of the job

Objectives of the post

  • To provide Paediatric liaison psychiatric service to North Middlesex Hospital and psychiatric input to CYP aged up to 18 years,
  • To provide clinical and professional leadership within the service.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues in specialties in both trusts including Paediatric Consultants, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Paediatric Liaison Team (CAPPLT), Community CAMHS consultants and Out of Hours Nursing team.
  • To take part in management activities related to the post and the wider service within which it is embedded
  • To have an integral role in the development of the service and the development of clinical pathways and priorities of the wider service-line.
  • To provide Child and Adolescent Psychiatry liaison teaching and training to psychiatric trainees, MDT colleagues and hospital staff

For full details of the role please refer to the job description.

Working for our organisation

Barnet Enfield ad 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

The post-holder will provide clinical input to all pediatric and community patients under the age of 18 years presenting in A&E and pediatric wards.  

Activities will include: 

  • Reviewing medical records, including relevant RIO, paediatric and primary care records as appropriate.
  • Discussion with referrers and other clinicians across paediatric and emergency departments; working with the NMUH multi-disciplinary paediatric and ED teams.
  • Clinical recommendations with reference to current mental health legislation.
  • Psychopharmacological treatment and brief eclectic psychological therapy
  • Advice to acute trust clinical staff regarding aspects of clinical care, including discussion about need for psychiatric referral
  • Taking the medical lead in relation to Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act assessments and reviews for patients under age 18 who are under the care of the acute hospital.
  • This role has no out-patient commitment, but there is potential for some flexibility in terms of undertaking some non-crisis work alongside the existing consultant.


For full details of the role please refer to the job description.

Person specification

Qualifications & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council
  • Certificate of Completion of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Experience in Liaison Psychiatry
  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Section 12(2) Approval. Eligible to act as RC for detained patients
  • Registered for the Continuing Professional Development Programme in the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Experience in at least three of the following patient groups: - Patients with physical and mental health co-morbidity/ - Self-harm and attempted suicide/ - Alcohol and substance misuse problems/ - Conversion and somatisation disorders (medically unexplained symptoms)/ - Pregnant and postnatal patients with serious mental illness/ - Delirium and Dementia
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in Older Adults Psychiatry
  • Training in the full range of effective therapeutic techniques to include psycho-education, medication and psychological therapies
  • Endorsement in liaison psychiatry

Training & Teaching

Essential criteria
  • Experience in multidisciplinary teaching
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification in teaching
  • Participation in dementia teaching programme for acute trust staff
  • Experience in designing educational programmes


Desirable criteria
  • Co-operation in clinical research

Service Development

Desirable criteria
  • Experience in developing a service component relevant to Liaison Psychiatry
  • Experience of leading management projects within a mental health Trust

IT Experience & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Experience in data gathering and management
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use e-mail and Internet

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the NHS
  • Highest level of integrity
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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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Karrie Fehilly
Job title
Consultant Psychiatrist
Email address
Additional information

Dr Nina Patel, Consultant Psychiatrist

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