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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Psychiatry illustrationWessex's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) higher training covers the counties of Hampshire and Dorset and provides excellent opportunities within the specialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ST4-6). You will rotate through a variety of placements, gaining diverse and comprehensive experience in psychiatry with children. Typically, this will involve:


  • Tier III specialist CAMHS including developmental disorders – one year WTE
  • Tier IV inpatient CAMHS – six months WTE
  • Tier IV paediatric liaison CAMHS – six months WTE
  • Specialist adolescent community CAMHS, intensive and assertive outreach – one year WTE.


There is comprehensive experience and training in various psychotherapies, including individual long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive remediation therapy (CRT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), brief solution focused therapy and systemic family therapy.

You will also attend a Balint Group facilitated by a consultant child psychotherapist as a part of your fortnightly on-going academic programme. Special interest sessions are available in CAMHS Learning Disabilities, CAMHS Substance Misuse.

Experience of Forensic CAMHS (Tier IV community FCAMHS) through the Hampshire and Isle of Wight FCAMHS is a particular strength of Health Education Wessex. This also includes significant medico-legal experience in the preparation of court reports.

Southampton – the central hub of our training programme – also offers two unique services:

  • Behaviour Resource Service (BRS) – a tier IV multi-agency service funded jointly through CAMHS and the local authority, which focuses on children in the care of Southampton City Council. Trainees can get comprehensive experience of working with children in care, parenting assessments, siblings together or apart assessments, and also preparing reports for the Family Court and child care proceedings.
  • Bursledon House – a unique joint paediatric-CAMHS residential unit for children presenting with chronic medically unexplained symptoms, feeding disorders and other neuro-psychiatric presentations.


We are proud to offer dual CCT training in CAMHS Learning Disabilities with a similar dual CCT programme being developed for Forensic CAMHS.          

Research is strongly supported, with close links to Southampton University School of Psychology as well as the University Mental Health Group. Research into developmental disorders – especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) – is a particular strength, providing numerous opportunities for trainees. You will be supported in undertaking relevant master's degree courses (education, medico-legal practice, developmental disorders and so on).

Senior trainees attend a fortnightly rolling academic programme (day release during term time) over the three years (WTE) of training.

The programme is also well known for involving trainees in its highly regarded medical student teaching, especially innovative special study units, for example, Learning Psychiatry through Films. FY1 trainees are also placed in the CAMHS rotation posts, giving the senior trainees ample opportunity to provide supervision and modelling for the junior trainees.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training in Wessex provides numerous unique opportunities for senior trainees through placements in experienced multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams who are supportive of training and education, under the supervision of a committed body of educational supervisors.

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