Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-Riverside Inpatient Unit

Main area
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Consultant Psychiatrist
Permanent: Substantive
8 sessions per week (Part time 8 PA's per week)
Job ref
Woodland View (Brentry Site)
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum pro rata
Salary period
27/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

AWP is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic CAMHS consultant psychiatrist to join the Riverside Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Day Programme, due to the retirement of one of the current consultants.

You will join a 0.6 WTE experienced consultant colleague, a full time specialty doctor, specialist and core trainees, a consultant psychologist, clinical psychologists, family therapists, creative therapist, occupational therapists, social worker and an enthusiastic nursing team. The unit is in the process of appointing a physician associate.

The Riverside Unit has capacity for up to 12 inpatients and an additional 4 day programme places. It is part of the recently developed South West Provider Collaborative.

Main duties of the job

To be named consultant/Responsible Clinician for a proportion of the young people on the unit.

To manage referrals and offer initial assessments and respond to requests from community CAMHS for a Tier 4 opinion.

To contribute to the Access Assessor role within the unit for referral from the local area.

To take on a leadership role within the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to assessment and formulation and risk management.

To initiate and review medication, chair CPA meetings, attend weekly ward rounds and liaise with families/carers and link with the community CAMHS teams (3 Bristol CAMHS teams, South Glos CAMHS and North Somerset CAMHS). The Riverside works closely with the CAMHS intensive outreach team and the acute hospitals.

To be expected to offer clinical supervision to trainee psychiatrists

To join the Riverside Operational Management Group

To manage the care of young people admitted under the Mental Health Act, overseeing all aspects of the legal process, including being the Responsible Clinician for Mental Health Act Tribunal.

To work as part of the Provider Collaborative for adolescent inpatient care for the South West of England. This includes regular liaison with the other 3 adolescent inpatient units within the South West and the respective intensive outreach teams, reviewing all referrals and complex presentations and providing and receiving peer support.

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the accompanying job description for full details on the roles and responsibilities of this post.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC Registration or eligibility to be included on the register and holding a current licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Section 12 approval/ Approved Clinician Status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g. MD, PHD, Msc or other additional clinical qualifications
  • MRCPsych or MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Additional clinical qualifications


Essential criteria
  • Wide breadth of clinical experience working with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD.
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team involvement.
  • Evidence of effective multi-agency working
Desirable criteria
  • Specific additional therapy training (e.g. Positive Behavioural Support, CBT, systemic therapy, DBT etc.)

Personal Skills

Essential criteria
  • To possess leadership skills and be able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, in order to effectively work with patients, carers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Clinical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skills in psychiatric assessment, formulation and risk management (including safeguarding) as well as psychopharmacology in children, neurodevelopmental disorders and attachment difficulties.


Essential criteria
  • Understanding of the management skills required to function successfully as a Consultant.


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to and experience of undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching.
  • Understand principles of teaching.

Research & Audit

Essential criteria
  • Experience or involvement in a research project and publication.
  • Ability to supervise junior medical staff undertaking research projects.
  • Experience of carrying out an audit project


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Helen Stephens
Job title
Clinical Lead for CAMHS
Email address
Additional information

 Dr Helen Stephens, Clinical Lead for CAMHS, Tel: 0117 340 8600; 07714488739

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