Child and Adolescent Psychoterapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year pro rata, per annum including HCAS
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to be in a position to advertise a full time Band 7 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist post in Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS.

The successful candidate will be primarily based in the Enhanced Treatment Team Sub-team, however, we are open to supporting the professional development of our staff and ensure the job satisfaction, so we will consider flexible arrangements and opportunities to work across sub-teams when service needs allow.

About the Enhance sub-team: This is a small, friendly sub team interested in collaborative MDT approaches to working with young people with diverse and complex backgrounds and presentations, often including complex developmental trauma, looked after children and multi-agency working.

This post may suit an experienced Band 7 Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist looking to diversify their practice, but is equally open to current, enthusiastic ACP doctoral trainees close to qualification. Although the position is best placed for a full time clinician, job shares may also be considered for the right candidates.

If you are interested and would like more information, please call Sarah Gustavus Jones, Head of Profession for Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy CNWL CAMHS (0776 314 1609) or Nataly Figueroa, K& C CAMHS Team Manager at

Interview date to be 30th of June or alternative date around this time.

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Main duties of the job

Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS is a diverse, fun, open and hard working team. We are looking for a candidate with a passion for delivering outstanding support to children and young people.

The successful candidate will provide an efficient, effective, comprehensive and specialist psychotherapy assessment and treatment service for children and their families with:
  • severe, highly complex and persistent mental health problems and presentations beyond ordinary developmental expectations, their carers/parents and families within care pathways and CAMHS sub teams as relevant.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of families with children with complex mental health presentations, developmental and emotional difficulties.
  • To undertake a range of generic clinical work, urgent assessment work, parenting support and specialist child psychotherapy cases.
  • To provide supervision consultation on psychotherapy cases to to multidisciplinary colleagues within CAMHS, including junior medical staff as necessary
  • To actively engage in outcome monitoring, including the use of normed routine outcome measures associated with CYP IAPT

  • As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

    About us

    CNWL is one of the largest trusts offering mental health support in England and one of the organisations of reference in London. Kensington and Chelsea CAMHS is part of that large family and we work closely with professionals and services across the trust.

    You will be working with inspiring clinicians from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. You will benefit from close contact with Trust Wide therapy leads, professionals with a longstanding trajectory in their fields and from colleagues who are starting the journey as mental health professionals.

    We are aspirational about our service and aim to deliver first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care. We are keen to recruit people who will go the extra mile for our patients and in return we aim to allow clinicians to prioritise clinical practice above non-clinical demands, to nurture the development clinical, leadership and management skills and to support you to become a valued member of the team.

    We hope new employees will find in our service varied opportunities across mental health, community service, the Emotional Treatment Sub-team, the Neurodevelopmental Needs Sub-team and the Enhanced Treatment sub-team. Whatever stage of your career you are at, we hope you will always find a place in CNWL.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    The post holder will be expected to support their team, department and organisation to achieve the Trusts Values in their day to day work:
    • Compassion
    • Respect
    • Empowerment
    • Partnership

    The post-holder will be a qualified Child Psychotherapist and a fully registered member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists, responsible for the assessment and treatment of patients allocated to them within the context of the multi-disciplinary CAMHS team. They will be directly involved in delivering therapeutic interventions to parents and their children. This may also include brief parent work, group work, school observations of children, short term generic CAMHS input, video work (eg video interactive guidance) brief specialist infant mental health psychotherapy, parent-child psychotherapy, consultation, offering teaching and training to MDT and joint working with multiagency colleagues. They will be an effective team member whilst working on their own initiative.

    Our team has very good working relationships with social care, voluntary sector agencies, families and schools. It is important for us that the successful candidate will continue to nurture and grow these relationships.

    Person Specification



    • Masters level preclinical training at an Association of Child Psychotherapists recognised training school - post graduate doctoral level training in clinical child psychotherapy at a training school accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapy or Association of Child Psychotherapists Statement of Equivalence


    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in relevant fields in health, social care or education settings



    • Experience of specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their parents as a full member of a multidisciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatient or inpatient setting
    • Experience of working with a wide variety children, adolescents across the whole age range (0-18) and their parents, and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity and complexity.


    • Experience of working in different CAMHS Tiers.
    • Experience of the application of child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts.



    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychotherapeutic assessment, intervention and management.
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and adolescents including child protection procedures and policies
    • Ability to tolerate anxiety without recourse to premature action whilst appreciating the role of the supervisor.
    • Awareness of the implications of working within a managed system.


    • Knowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education Structures, National policies and frameworks.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Knowledge of research methodology and outcome research design and ability to critically interpret research findings

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    1B Beatrice Place

    Marloes Road


    W8 5LW

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