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Play Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about helping young people with mental health problems? Do you have experience of working with Children, Young People and Families and are committed to getting the best outcomes for them? Would you like to be part of a forward thinking, supportive and developing service? If you answer yes to these questions, then Wakefield Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is the place for you!

We are looking for a qualified and experienced Play Therapist who is able to work within a busy multidisciplinary team CAMHS service. As a Play Therapist you will have undertaken specialist play therapy training. You will be able to work autonomously within the context of a multi-disciplinary team approach and undertake specific clinical work with patients and their families who can often present with a range of complex mental health needs.

You must have a significant experience of delivering Play Therapy to Children and Young People who can often present with a range of complex mental health needs, as well as a broader comprehensive range of skills and knowledge to deliver clinical aspects of the role. You will manage your own caseload, providing a range of high quality care appropriate to the young persons needs which will include risk assessment and management, consultation and evidence based interventions.

Community working will require a flexible approach to travel. You must be a registered Play Therapist and hold a current UKPC registration.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking people who will:

- Be passionate about improving the delivery of evidence-based treatments for children, young people and their families.

- Be driven, enthusiastic and forward thinking

- Have a clear interest in the development of the clinical skills of the staff within CAMHS service.

- Have significant experience of delivering Play Therapy

- Have extensive experience working in CAMHS services.

- Have significant experience of working with clinicians to achieve service improvement.

- Have a range of experience delivering innovative and high quality services to children and young people.

- Be experienced in the delivery of clinical supervision

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post-holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post-holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

To provide highly specialist skills and expertise, facilitating interventions of the highest quality in the field of mental health, including emergency assessments and intensive interventions with children, young people and their families.

To work autonomously and collaboratively within the MDT, providing consultation and teaching for other agencies/professionals.

To provider supervision and teaching to all other disciplines within CAMHS and to deputise as agreed for the team leader.

To promote safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people

Please view the full job description in the supporting documents

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. nursing, or other professional allied to medicine
  • Post qualification training in identified portfolio, e.g. LD. LAC, eating disorder
  • Dip SW or relevant mental health profession
  • A teaching and assessing qualification
  • Membership of professional body


  • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling)
  • Masters Level qualification
  • Formal management/supervisory qualification



  • Experience of delivering training to others
  • Extensive experience in identified portfolio requirements
  • Substantial post qualification experience, some of which must be working with Children, young people and their carers in a mental health or other complex care setting
  • Experience of working in different cultural contexts
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Equality and Diversity.
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Inter-agency liaison and consultation
  • Experience of providing highly specialist advice and supervision to other professionals
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance for working with children, young people, mental health and safeguarding
  • Evidence of advanced clinical/therapeutic knowledge and skills in mental health.
  • Extensive experience in assessment and risk management and ability to implement evidence based practice
  • Advanced experience of safeguarding children and young people.


  • Experience of community settings

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to manage own caseload and to be a self-reliant and autonomous practitioner
  • Excellent negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
  • Customer service orientation
  • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments.
  • IT skills.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Commitment to multi-agency approach/working
  • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure.
  • Calm, confident, innovative, creative
  • and assertive
  • Ability to make and lead decisions under pressure/crisis situations
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities.
  • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility of services.
  • Ability to cope calmly in a crisis
  • To demonstrate good self-care and encourage the same in team members
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
  • To have integrity, be honest, open, transparent and respectful.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre



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