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Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Full time - 10 sessions per week (Full and Part time)
Job ref
Whitegate Drive Health Center
£88,364 - £119,133 pa pro rata
Salary period
15/12/2022 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

In accordance with the regulations, applicants must be eligible to work as Consultant in Child psychiatry. The post-holder should meet the requirements as noted in person specification (Appendix 1) and other employment checks. The CAMHS Service is part of the Families and Integrated Community Care  Division. The Division has wide ranging responsibility within the Trust which includes community, pediatrics, midwifery, and children’s universal and targeted services. The post-holder will be welcomed as a member of the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team that has excellent working relations between medical staff and team members.

Main duties of the job

Are you a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who is dedicated and passionate about improving child and adolescent mental health services?

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to be part of a developing and innovative service?

Ready to take a key leadership role in developing and transforming CAMHS?

We are looking for a 3.3 wte Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to join an experienced clinical and management team in Blackpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. We would also be interested to hear from applicants such as specialty doctors who might be interested in a developmental role


Working for our organisation

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south. 

Our strategic vision for 2020 is:

As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce”.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Our CAMHS services in Blackpool are part of the Families Division within Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which includes all hospital and community-based children's healthcare services across the area.

Blackpool CAMHS is a multi-disciplinary team comprising of Psychologists, Nurses, Family Therapists, Senior CAMHS Practitioners, Primary Mental Health Workers, Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners and Assistant Practitioners. We are also developing opportunities for trainee’s to be part of the team including FY2 doctors .The team’s caseload is varied with a range of core and specialist pathways for children, young people and families.  

Successful out of hours CYP MH response over the last 4 years providing community reach out groups alligned with an established psychological therapy service Youtherapy NHS provision .Working closely within a Families Division enables excellent joint working and sound pathway working and development.

We are currently in the process of implementing the THRIVE model across CAMHS in order to transform services alongside young people, parents, carers and our partner agencies. This include developing our Single Point of Access ( SPoA)  and  provides a unique opportunity for you to develop  share your special interest and clinical leadership.

We are advertising for 3.3 full-time posts within the core CAMHS, creating an exciting opportunity to jointly develop and transform the Blackpool CAMHS service. Part time and job share applications will be considered.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  has a forward thinking and inclusive medical community and we are committed to your development and helping you to achieve your career aspirations..

AAC Date - TBC

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Basic medical training
  • Full GMC/UK registration
  • Entry on the Specialist Register
  • CCT or equivalent in child psychiatry or within 6 months of obtaining
Desirable criteria
  • MRC Psych or equivalent
  • Approved Clinician and Section 12 approval with child and adolescent training in both the Mental Health and the Children Acts


Essential criteria
  • Previous experience in adolescent psychiatry
  • Completion of higher specialist training in child and Adolescent psychiatry
Desirable criteria
  • Experience/training in working with older adolescents


Essential criteria
  • Assessment and management if ADHD, autism or neurodevelopmental conditions in children and adolescents
  • Specific experience of working with young people with acute, severe and enduring mental illness
Desirable criteria
  • Specific family therapy group or individual therapy training and diploma
  • Experience in working with young persons who misuse substances
  • Experience of specific eating disorder service Work with children and young people who have been or may have been abused or perpetrated abuse


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of prescribing in child and adolescent psychopharmacology
Desirable criteria
  • Competence in non-medication therapeutic approaches
  • Competence in specific psychological therapy


Essential criteria
  • Basic training in management skills
  • Knowledge of clinical governance


Desirable criteria
  • Carried out research
  • Ability to implement and develop research
  • Research other publications (or submissions for publication)


Essential criteria
  • Ability to provide medical leadership to a multidisciplinary team


Essential criteria
  • Computer literate
  • DBS clearance
Desirable criteria
  • Full UK driver’s license

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

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

David Eaton
Job title
Service Manager CAMHS
Telephone number
01253 957160
Additional information

Dr Peter Curtis Consultant Paediatrician, Divisional Director Families Division and Divisional Director Clinical Support Division Switchboard; 01253 300000

Elaine Walker Integrated Emotional Health and Wellbeing Manager Tel: 07795452781