Consultant Psychiatrist (Watford & St Albans) 8PAs

Job details
Posting date: 21 September 2021
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £77,913 - £105,042 per annum (pro rata for 1 WTE)
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 17 October 2021
Location: Peace Children's Centre and Sandridge Gate, AL4 9XR
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 812-21-PALMSPSYCH-1

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The Positive Behaviour Autism, Learning disability Mental health Service (PALMS) are seeking to appoint a motivated and forward thinking Consultant Psychiatrist to join our their team and work alongside our Consultant Psychiatrist to support Children and Young People (CYP) and their families across Hertfordshire.

PALMS is part of Hertfordshire Community Trust (HCT) which is one of a new generation of community health service Trusts in the NHS responsible for delivering a wide range of children’s and adult’s community health services across Hertfordshire. This includes Children’s: Community Paediatrics; Occupational Therapy; Speech and Language Therapy; and, Physiotherapy and School Nursing, Health Visiting and CAMHS commissioned services including PALMS and Step2.

PALMS is a nationally recognised CAMHS commissioned service which works across Hertfordshire providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach. PALMS offers individually tailored support for CYP, aged 0-18 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour, toileting, feeding and sleeping concerns which have not benefitted from Community intervention and/or to support mental health needs which cannot be met with reasonable adjustment by other CAMHS services. Additionally, PALMS also supports problematic sexualised behaviours. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families within Hertfordshire thereby improving outcomes for all family members.

Psychiatric input is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary PALMS provision working alongside Clinical Psychologists, Learning Disability Nurses, Outreach Workers, PALMS’ Practitioners, Positive Behaviour Analysts, Speech and Language Therapists and Systemic Therapists supported by a team of administrators.

PALMS provides early intervention where necessary and intensive support to families reaching crisis with a step up and step down approach throughout their care journey. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, and therapeutic work with parents/carers/siblings. PALMS clinicians comprise a ‘virtual team’, delivering a consistent service across Hertfordshire to CYP within the target group and in the registered population for Hertfordshire. PALMS principally delivers a service between 7am and 7pm weekdays but also works outside these hours and offers weekend input according to need. It is expected that the consultants will provide a service to cover working hours 9am-5pm Monday- Friday with some flexibility to offer an early morning or evening clinic once a week, with each consultant keeping within their PA contract. There is no on call requirement at this time for PALMS.

EASTERN-C-S-21-066 is a substantive 8 PA post based in the South and West of the county with localities in Watford and St Albans

Closing date for applications will be midnight on Sunday 17th October with Interviews running on Friday 12th November. Interviews will be run using video conferencing and full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Anna Dillon

Job title: Service Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Email address:

Telephone number: 01727 582122

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