Under 5s Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc pro rata
Closing date
8 Oct 2023
Welcome to our , Harrow Under 5s team.

Following the successful establishment of Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Under 5s Service in 2017, CNWL is expanding this model of high-quality brief early intervention to the diverse and thriving communities of the outer boroughs.

We are recruiting one Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist to join this exciting enterprise. This is a maternity Leave cover, Fixed Term contract Part time or Job share. The post is for professionals focused on innovative ways of working with Under 5s and the benefits of brief early intervention. The post holders will be part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team undertaking clinical functions in line with their clinical expertise to implement the service, under the guidance of the two Band 8C Child Psychotherapists leading the project.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. 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.

Main duties of the job

The role involves a creative and passionate approach to service development, and offer the opportunity of being part of a pioneering initiative. We are looking for clinicians with sound understanding of infant mental health, and who are open growing and developing in this field. As this is a brand-new service, we are looking forward to developing together with you.

We are advertising one 0.8 (4 days/week) band 7 posts Maternity Cover. The post holders will be based within Harrow CAMHS and Harrow Children's centres.

The service aims to provide an accessible, destigmatising, culturally sensitive infant/young child mental health perspective through:
  • consultation to parents and professionals
  • specialist assessment
  • 6 session brief work with Under 5s and their families, using evidence-based treatment
  • interagency partnership working
  • teaching and training in infant mental health and early attachment

About us

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact:

Claudia de Campos Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.


Sarah Kavanaugh Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist


Please see video link about working in the service:


Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

To provide an efficient, effective, comprehensive and specialist early intervention psychotherapy assessment and treatment service for children Under 5 and their families with
  • highly complex and persistent infant mental health problems and presentations beyond ordinary developmental expectations, their carers/parents and families within care pathways as relevant.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of families with children Under 5 with complex infant mental health presentations, developmental and emotional difficulties.
  • To offer consultation, teaching and training on infant mental health and attachment to multidisciplinary colleagues
  • To contribute to audit and research.
  • To actively engage in outcome monitoring, including the use of normed routine outcome measures associated with CYP IAPT
  • To work in clinical practice, making use of supervision, within the overall framework of the CAMHS Directorates and the Trusts policies and procedures.

  • 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 child, 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



    • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.


    • Ability to teach and train others and present the work of child psychotherapists within public, professional and academic settings

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    Harrow CAMHS and Harrow Children's Centres



    HA2 8EQ

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