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CYP-IAPT Trainee: Learning Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Do you have a passion and specialist interest in child development and neurodevelopment? Would you like to work towards a CYP-IAPT Diploma within the specialism of LD/ASD? If so, we would love to hear from you.

The Children's Mental Health network is made up of a wide range of services, to include Core CAMHs, ID-CAMHs, Looked After Children, Forensic CAMHs and the Mental Health Support Teams in Schools.

We want to recruit clinicians with a passion for developmental and neurodevelopmental differences in children and young people to complete the CYP-IAPT diploma in LD/ASD. These roles follow the Recruit To Train programme and successful candidates will undertake a 12 month training course at the University of Exeter whilst completing a clinical placement in CAMHs. During the training programme, you will be trained to complete assessments for learning differences and Autism, as well as provide adapted therapeutic interventions with children and families where there are co-morbid mental health and behavioural difficulties. We are looking for people with energy, enthusiasm, a high level of skills and experience. All staff will work as part of a team, receive regular clinical supervision and be able to access a high quality in-house CPD programme. This is a full time post.

The course is due to begin in January 2024.

Main duties of the job

Good administrative, time management and communication skills are also essential. Experience of working within a children's health and wellbeing service in the NHS or similar organisation is highly desirable.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Please only apply for this position once you have fully read and understood all aspects of the Job Description and Person Specification. Please use the Supporting Information space to demonstrate your ability to undertake this role, drawing on your skills knowledge and experience.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The posts will be offered in a variety of locations across Dorset, and Bournemouth/Poole. Travel is a key part of the training (around Dorset and to Exeter University for training days) and so the use of a car is essential.

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Education and experience requirements


  • Either A) First degree in Psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing of 2:1 standard or above, or an equivalent relevant core profession with extensive experience with CYP e.g. teaching
  • At least 2 Years mental health experience with children
  • Knowledge and experience of ASD and/or LD
  • Able to complete academic components of the course
  • Able to integrate training into practice


  • Experience working in a children's mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a children's educational setting



  • Demonstratable experience of working in child and adolescent mental health services
  • Ability to meet agreed / specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demontrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer Literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training (either formal or through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Demonstrates an understanding of common co-morbid mental health difficulties for CYP with ASD/LD
  • Experience of adapting interventions for CYP with ASD/LD
  • Knowledge of NICE guidance for assessment and support of ASD
  • Knowledge of NICE guidance for assessment and support for CYP with LD


  • Previous experience of completing neuro/developmental assessments
  • Awareness of differential diagnosis for neurodevelopmental differences
  • Awareness of the importance of systemic support for CYP with ASD/LD



  • Use of a car for business purposes



  • Has a UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Alumhurst Rd

Alumhurst Rd



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