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Assistant/Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (CAMHS)

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2023
We are recruiting for a Assistant/Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapistwho wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

This is an exciting opportunity for a fully funded trainee Child Psychotherapist post on the Isle of Wight to be part of our multi-disciplinary CAMHS Team.

There will be the opportunity to work alongside our colleagues in social services and our local schools to support our holistic approach in working with our young people.

Our team consists of Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Specialist Nursing staff, Inreach / Outreach Community Nurses, Systemic Family Therapists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, social workers, and Primary Mental Health Practitioners from a variety of backgrounds. We also have Psychology, Psychiatry and Nursing trainees regularly on placement.

The clinical staff group is well supported by our excellent administration team. The work is varied and challenging and balances the opportunity to provide direct therapeutic support to our most vulnerable young people and the opportunity to help us develop a service for children and young people, their families, and carers as well as to offer more generic input to the Island population.


Main duties of the job

There is scope and to provide consultation to Tier 1 and 2 services and there will be opportunities to develop your therapeutic skills through training and continuing professional development to enhance the skill-mix of the team.

If you think you have the experience, skills, and enthusiasm to make a positive contribution to the team and to the lives of children and young people, please contact the Team Leader in the first instance for an informal discussion.

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This post is a Health Education England Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist funded post based in the Community CAMHS team on the Isle of Wight. The post consists of up to 1 year (2nd Year) of the pre-clinical training. The applicant in the 2nd Year of their clinical training would be eligible for a post as an assistant within the team on a fixed term contract.

Upon acceptance by a recognised training school the Assistant shall progress to become a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in training and receive a fixed term contract of 4 years as a trainee. If the Assistant is not accepted by a recognised training school the contract will be terminated. The Assistant should be following the post graduate MA course in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, or ACP registered equivalent, at the point of taking up the post. The post is full-time and consists of 0.8 sessions with the CAMHS Team and 0.2 sessions at the training school.

We will accept applicants at the following points in their training:
  • Year 2 In second year of ACP pre-clinical recognised training course and able to be employed as a Band 5 Assistant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist for one year.
  • Year 3-6 Having been accepted by ACP recognised clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in an ACP approved training school and will be based in CAMHS for the duration of the training and will be employed as a Band 6 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in training.

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    Job Statement

    The role is to undertake a range of clinical work under supervision whilst undertaking training at an ACP registered training school.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications and role specific knowledge


    • Have been accepted for or undertaking an ACP recognised pre-clinical Child Psychotherapy training and already in year 1 of an ACP recognised pre-clinical training before commencing with the intent to do the full four-year clinical training once the pre-clinical training has been completed.
    • Specialist knowledge and application of Child Psychotherapist interventions relevant to client group.
    • Knowledge and application of standardised assessments and outcome measures.
    • Detailed knowledge of mental health legislation and current practice.


    • Post-graduate Mental Health Diploma or higher degree.

    Physical Skills


    • Participation in teaching or training.
    • Experience of working with children, young people and families using a therapeutic approach.


    • Experience of working with diverse communities and within a multicultural setting.
    • Experience of individual therapeutic work with children and young people.



    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
    • Good written and verbal communication.
    • Commitment to client-centred non-discriminatory practice.



    • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships.
    • Ability to communicate/listen formally and informally, verbally and in writing.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Isle of Wight NHS Trust


    Community CAMHS

    7 Pyle Street


    PO30 1JW

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