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Interim Specialist Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
£56,388 to £73,961 per annum inclusive HCAS (pro-rata)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic candidate to join our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Paediatric Liaison Team (CAPPLT) as an Interim Specialist Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.

The post is for 30 hours per week worked across four days and the working pattern would be approved by the Head of Service.

Main duties of the job

The Post holder will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Paediatric Liaison Team.

The post holder will provide a highly specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy contribution to the work of the team. This will include providing psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment, specialist work in communication with children, liaison work, parent infant work, brief psychotherapy and bereavement work.

Post holder to offer advice and consultation from a psychodynamic perspective on patients' psychological care to parents, families, groups, paediatric and other hospital staff and consultation to other disciplines and professional networks, including staff from outside the hospital.

The post holder will receive supervision/consultation from a senior member of the discipline and overall clinical and managerial responsibility will lie with the Trust Head Paediatric Psychotherapist.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the paediatric services, policies and procedures.

The Post holder will be informed by evidence-based practice and will participate in audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the paediatric liaison team.

About us

North Mid is part of North Central London integrated care system - consisting of the NHS and Local authority organisations in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. As with other ICS's, we are working increasingly closely with partners and indeed many of our financial and performance objectives are measured at this system level. Whilst all organisations remain as standalone, statutory bodies we have an ICS infrastructure for making shared decisions and agreeing shared approaches.

We are proud of our staff and want to ensure their training allows them to provide excellent clinical care. We are also a training unit for medical students from UCL and St George's University Grenada, and for nursing and midwifery students from Middlesex and City Universities.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

A full list of duties and responsibilities will be found within the job description and requirements for the role can be found within the person specification.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • oMasters level preclinical training at an Association of Child Psychotherapists recognised training school.
  • oPostgraduate (doctoral equivalent) training in clinical child psychotherapy at a training school accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapy.
  • oCompletion of further post-qualification specialist training not undertaken in clinical training such as parent infant work, brief psychotherapy, STPP, bereavement work

Skills & Abilities


  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychotherapeutic assessment, intervention, and management.
  • oHigh level knowledge of the theory and practice of short term and long term psychotherapy and its application to a specialist area.
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to children and adolescents including child protection procedures and policies.
  • oAbility to apply psychoanalytic understanding to the complexities of physical illness.
  • oKnowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education Structures, National policies, and frameworks.
  • oWell-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oAbility to tolerate anxiety without recourse to premature action whilst appreciating the role of the supervisor.
  • oAwareness of the implications of working within a managed system.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
  • oAbility to carry out effective audit and research.



  • oExperience of specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their parents as a full member of a multidisciplinary team located in both community and in hospital settings.
  • oExperience of work in Paediatric Liaison
  • oExperience of working with children with chronic medical conditions and their families ( Sickle Cell Anaemia, Epilepsy, HIV, Diabetes, Crohns disease)'
  • o Experience of working with young children with feeding difficulties
  • o Experience of Parent/ infant work and work with staff on NICU and SCBU.
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their parents across the whole age range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oCompletion of at least 4 years post-qualification supervised clinical experience
  • oExperience of the application of child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts.
  • oExperience of working in different CAMHS Tiers
  • oExperience of offering supervision to placement students.

Personal Qualities


  • oAbility to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • oAbility to manage painful emotional encounters related to life and death situations, loss, and physical health
  • oAbility to work as a psychological professional within a medical system, prioritizing and respecting medical practice whilst contributing to the psychological understanding of the medical team
  • oOpenness - Shares information and good practice appropriately
  • oMutual respect - Treats others with courtesy and respect at all times



  • oAbility to work in a hospital setting
  • oAbility to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • oAbility to identify and employ
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • oAbility to teach and train others and present the work of child and adolescent psychotherapists within public, professional and academic settings.
  • oBasic IT skills including word processing, use of email and internet.
  • oInterest and ability to contribute to service development
  • oAbility to work in a hospital setting and the capacity to tolerate the emotional impact of working with children with distressing and life threatening illnesses

Employer details

Employer name

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


North Middlesex University Hospital

Sterling Way


N18 1QX

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