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Paediatric Liaison Psychiatrist - Supporting CESR

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An excellent opportunity for an experienced Specialty Doctor (SAS) or Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist to join a mixed gender acute psychiatric ward with 18 beds in London. The post if suitable for overseas psychiatrists, including candidates who are pursuing CESR. Specialists in Psychiatry, holding a specialist certification would be suitable for this post, based on experience entering at either Specialty Doctor or Consultant grade.

Overseas applications from experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultants are welcomed.

The Trust is performing at a good level across all community and inpatient services, it provides integrated mental health services in London and also provides community health services across its catchment area. They are a large provider of integrated mental health services, employing 3,359 staff with an annual income of £237 million.

The trust serves a population of 1.2 million and operates services from five main inpatient sites and a further 25 sites in the community. Specialist services include regional forensic, eating disorders and adolescent inpatient services and a national stalking service. 

In 2014 they were awarded 'University Affiliated’ status, which facilitates stronger working relations, including the opportunity for experienced academics and experienced clinicians within the Trust to coproduce mental health education and research projects which meet the needs of local people. This agreement enhances the current partnership between the two organisations, demonstrating a strong commitment to education, research and development.


The pre-existing team is commissioned by hospital and provides a co-located integrated liaison support for the Paediatric and Neonatal Units at the hospital. The team provide clinical input for in-patients and out-patients under the care of these departments who have comorbid or combined psychological and medical needs. The team are not commissioned for crisis input.

The Team anticipates about 600 referrals to the MHLS per site per year across two hospitals under the trust. Roughly 60% of these are in ED and need one assessment which is carried out initially by the local CAMHS teams and the OOH nurse team. Approximately 30 CYP a year present on a Section136 to A&E in both sites requiring psychiatric evaluation. Of the 600 referrals up to 60% will remain on the pediatric wards and will require Liaison Psychiatry.

The successful post-holder will have their own desk and office space within the Paediatric Consultant office area and immediate access to private rooms for confidential work. They will have a mobile phone, a desktop and also a laptop for remote working, with access to IT support. The post holder will have access to full time administrator support.

This great world city is far more than just the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is bustling, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. London is both old and new, a place where traditional pubs rub shoulders with the newest cocktail bars.

Its most ancient castle is right next door to its newest skyscrapers. London's energy, as 8.6 million people go about their everyday lives, is tangible in every journey on the Underground, every stroll through a market and every walk along the banks of the River Thames. From the royal parks to the theatre stage, London really does have it all.

Working as a psychiatrist in London brings a range of exciting prospects. You will have the opportunity to work in some of the best mental health trusts in the UK, who will offer you the opportunity to constantly grow your medical and scientific knowledge and skills. In London you will have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, and as you progress through your career, you will have more opportunity to shape the way you work; you can develop research, work part time or full time and can combine your career with a wide range of other interests.

With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, RCPsych exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. 

Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.

EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialist in Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych
  • Experience of working in Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry
  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT

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