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Locum Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

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Locum Consultant
Locum: 12 months
  • Full time
  • Part time
40 hours per week (10 PA)
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Tavistock Clinic, London
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
07/11/2021 23:59


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.



Gender Identity Development Service

Tavistock Clinic, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA

Speciality Doctor – 12 month Locum

Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)

10 Programmed Activities

Based in London

An opportunity has arisen for a 10 PA Child and Adolescent Speciality Doctor (psychiatry) post in the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) based at the Tavistock Clinic in London. This is a 12 month locum to cover a secondment of the substantive Consultant Psychiatrist post holder. The postholder will be supported by the GIDS Consultant Psychiatrist in Leeds and CYAF Consultant Psychiatry in London. The service operates from two main bases, London and Leeds, and has two outreach bases in Bristol and Birmingham. The postholder will be required to travel to outreach meetings and clinics around the UK.

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is a Tier 4 highly specialist service within the Gender Services Division and offers a service to children and adolescents and their families who are experiencing difficulties in the development of gender identity. This may include children whose gender identity does not fit with the assigned sex at birth or children with a disorder of sex development if there are concerns about their gender identity development. The Service also occasionally offers therapeutic work to children with a trans parent or other gender identity issues. The team has a well-established research component and so this post provides an opportunity to be actively involved in research and opportunities to present at training/conference events. This post has close links to paediatric and adolescent endocrinology, so could suit those interested in or with a background in paediatrics or physical medicine.

From 1st April 2009 the Service has been nationally designated and funded. As part of this funding agreement we are committed to ensuring equity of access to the service, which has a national remit.

The GIDS is staffed by a multidisciplinary group with contributions from psychiatry, psychology, social work, child psychotherapy, family therapy and paediatrics.

Candidates should have substantial experience in a relevant work setting, including experience with difficult, disturbed or challenging patient populations requiring skilled and complex assessments and interventions and will possess significant experience of working in the role of a child and adolescent psychiatrist with children and adolescents with complex difficulties and special needs. Whilst some experience of working with children and adolescents presenting with gender identity dysphoria is desirable, the capacity to work sensitively and appropriately within a client and professional group with diverse gender identity and sexuality and of ethnically diverse backgrounds is essential.

The ability to engage in a sensitive and collaborative manner with user organisations in the development of service delivery will be essential.

Applications are particularly welcome from those with an interest and experience in gender identity issues, and/or expertise in a relevant area such as liaison/consultation, medical ethics, paediatric endocrinology, ASC, self-harm and risk management.

Within the Trust there is a strong Psychiatry discipline providing much peer support, supervision, CPD, and training opportunities.

Candidates are requested to use the section "Supporting Information" on the application form to set out their reasons for applying and their suitability, referring to the person specification, for this post.

Closing Date: Sunday 7th November 2021

Formal Interview Date: To be confirmed

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Polly Carmichael
Job title
Clinical Director
Email address
Telephone number
020 8938 2030
Additional information

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Dr Polly Carmichael, Clinical Director GIDS or Dr Rebecca McLaren, Consultant Psychiatrist, GIDS by emailing gids@tavi-port.nhs.uk.