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Consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Child Health/Psychiatry
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time: 10 sessions per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£82,096 - £110,683 per annum
Salary period
31/01/2021 23:59

We are looking for a versatile and enthusiastic individual to join our well established Paediatric Liaison team at Southampton Children’s Hospital.


Paediatric Liaison at UHS

The Paediatric Liaison  (Hospital CAMHS) team operates between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and takes referrals from medical, nursing and allied professionals within Child Health, and other areas in the hospital where children and young people under the age of 18 are nursed. The team provides assessment and management of a variety of problems including emotional or adjustment problems, learning issues, physical difficulties, problems with everyday function, behavioural problems, as well as psychiatric problems such as depression, self harming or eating disorders. Part of the work of the team is helping young people and their families in adjusting to chronic illness and developing coping stategies. The team provides daily input to the management of certain groups of inpatients, for instance young people suffering from anorexia nervosa. The team provides a response to psychiatric emergencies in the under 18 age group within the hospital, assessing and managing young people who present at the A & E department with, for instance, deliberate self harm or psychiatric illness. Forms of input include individual work/ cognitive behavioural therapy, family work, parenting support, medication and liaison with local CAMHS services. The team ensure smooth running of the rota in place for next day review of young people who present out of hours with self harm and are seen by clinicians from CAMHS teams (under Solent NHS Trust or Sussex Partnership Trust).  The team also provides staff teaching and support, particularly regarding dealing with emotionally traumatic or worrying situations, whether or not this is related to a child with a psychiatric illness. Within the Children’s Hospital there are close working relationships with paediatric consultants, junior doctors, the multidisciplinary team and paediatric psychology (led by Dr Angela Griffin). The post holder will have close working relationships with  Dr Charlie Keys, clinical lead for Child Health, Victor Taylor, Matron for Paediatric liaison and Bursledon House and Sarah Eales, Mental Health Matron for the Trust.

Local CAMHS Teams

There are close working relationships between the Paediatric Liaison team and the Community CAMHS teams locally, with Hampshire CAMHS services run by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust serving the whole county except for the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth. There are particularly close links with Solent NHS Trust which runs Horizon, the Southampton Community CAMHS service situated just a mile away from UHS, as well as Portsmouth Community CAMHS and the BRS in Southampton which is multiagency and provides input for children in crisis and for looked after children. The two Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists in UHS are permanently invited to participate in the monthly Solent Consultants’ meeting which comprises a business meeting and CPD component. There is an expectation that the postholder will join one of the peer review CPD groups available locally, such as the group meeting monthly at Horizon which currently includes Dr Sally Wicks from UHS and four of the Horizon CAMHS consultants.


The clinical duties involve assessment and management of children referred as inpatients, outpatients or from the Emergency Department. There is also involvement in Bursledon House, a joint paediatric / child mental health inpatient unit.  There is a teaching session linking with the team in Solent NHS Trust to deliver Family Psychiatry week to University of Southampton medical students.   The post is based in the Child Health Care Group, Southampton Children’s Hospital (SCH) which is part of University Hospital Southampton Trust. There is one other Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry based at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

You will share joint responsibility with the existing Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for overseeing the CAMHS-PL services at SCH. It is expected that you will be primarily involved in the paediatric liaison service to the secondary and tertiary paediatric services at SCH. There will be some involvement in Bursledon House. You will be expected, in collaboration with the other members of the paediatric liaison team, to develop some particular links with some of the specialist paediatric services e.g. paediatric neurology, the sleep team and paediatric nephrology.


We are looking for a versatile, proactive and enthusiastic individual to work with the existing CAMHS team at UHS to develop the profile of mental health care in general and specialised paediatric patient populations. 


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Sally Wicks
Job title
Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
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Charles Keys - Clinical Lead for Child Health


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