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Speciality Doctor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Kent House - Kent House hospital and school,Crockenhill Road,St Mary Cray,Orpington, Kent BR5 4EP

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time


£72,000 Pro rata


18.75 hrs p/wk

Job Advert Location Description

Kent House is a 17-bedded Tier 4 low secure hospital for young people aged 12 – 18 years with mental health, behavioural or psychological difficulties, and an OFSTED-registered school which supports the young people with educational attainment.

The service is set in a rural environment with close links and transport to the local community and amenities.

Job Advert Role Description

The Post:

The holder of this post would be expected to participate actively in the everyday mental health care of young people at Kent House Hospital. They will work with the Consultant Psychiatrist in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment process to ensure high quality care at all times.

All terms and conditions are in accordance with Kent House Hospital policies and procedures.

There are on-call duties associated with this post are shared with any current permanent doctors and additional doctors employed to provide on-call cover only. On-call duties will be non-resident, whole week on-calls, at a frequency of 1 week in 3 or 4 (depending on the present constitution of the medical team).

CPD arrangements for the post will be locally agreed with the Medical Director/Consultant Psychiatrist.


Main Duties:

You will provide a clinical service in conjunction with your colleagues and the Consultant Psychiatrist, which will include the responsibility for the medical assessment and management of day to day physical health needs of the patients; assessment and treatment of mental health conditions, assessment and management of risk as well as formulation of care plans, in collaboration with the MDT. You will be required to adhere to the principles of good medical practice laid down in the guidance of ‘Good Medical Practice’ issued by the General Medical Council.


The principle duties are:

On average 7 Programmed Activities per week will be devoted to direct clinical care. The Specialty Doctor will work under the supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Director.


He/she will:

  • Work within the full multidisciplinary team (comprising RMNs and support workers, Family Therapist, Occupational Therapist and assistant, Teachers, Clinical Psychologist and assistant, Art Therapist, Social Worker) offering psychiatric-medical input in the assessment, treatment and care management of the patients
  • Provide appropriate cross-cover for colleagues
  • Adhere to all service conditions and local policies


Clinical work will mainly entail comprehensive medical and psychiatric evaluations in collaboration with the rest of the psychiatric team that include history taking, mental and physical evaluation, and bio psychosocial formulations. These assessments might take place either following initial referrals to the team or in the process of case review or care planning within the team.


Other duties include-

  • Diagnostic and treatment reviews and mental and physical treatment administration
  • Preparation of reports for and attendance at Mental Health Tribunal hearings as appropriate (good knowledge of the MHA 1983 (as amended) is required)
  • Clerking of patients on admission, use of electronic record system for good record keeping, and updating care plans as well as communication of results of assessments to colleagues and writing appropriate reports including discharge summaries
  • Physical care in liaison with our attending General Practitioner
  • Review of patients in preparation for CPA reviews, preparing the report in advance of the CPA and participation in CPA reviews
  • Prescribing of medication and administration of the medication prescriptions charts, as well as liaising with the pharmacist on prescribing matters
  • Assessment of capacity to consent and competence of patients treated under the Mental Health Act in collaboration with the RC
  • Contribution of medical opinion by participating in the regular and exceptional MDT meetings
  • Provision of advice and support on request to other members of the team in issues related to his/her competence and expertise
  • Keeping correspondence with colleagues such as the referrers and other agencies as required
  • Taking an active role in clinical governance, research and audit as required, under the supervision of the Consultant Psychiatrist



The post holder will report directly to the Consultant Psychiatrist. Overall the post holder will be accountable according to the policies of the organisation and the corresponding professional body, the General Medical Council.


Clinical Governance and Risk Assessment 

The post-holder must be aware of and ensure compliance with Kent House Hospital’s Clinical Governance systems and Risk Management Programme.


Data Protection

If required to do so, the post-holder will obtain, process and/or use information held on a computer in a fair and lawful way; and hold data only for the specified registered purposes and to use or disclose the data only to authorised persons or organisations.



Patient and/or staff information is confidential. It is a condition of employment at Oakview Hospital that you will not use or disclose any confidential information obtained unless disclosure is expressly authorised by your employer. Misuse of or a failure to properly safeguard confidential data will be regarded as a disciplinary offence and will be dealt with in accordance with Kent House Hospital’s Disciplinary Policy.


Safeguarding Children

All members of staff have a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are safe from abuse or harm. Employees must comply with Kent House Hospital’s Safeguarding Children policy and procedures. If any concern is raised, staff can contact the nominated Safeguarding Officer. It is an employee’s responsibility to comply with all current legislation, breaches of which may lead to an employee being subject to disciplinary action.

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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