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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn garden City
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
26 Nov 2023
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (ACP registered)

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist who has ACP registration to work in this supportive multi-disciplinary Specialist CAMHS team based in East Herts covering two sites in Welwyn Garden City and Hoddesdon. We are open to receiving applications from candidates who are currently completing their final year of training with relevant experience.

The postholder will be passionate about delivering psychotherapy intervention to young people and will work alongside a senior psychotherapist and as well as the wider MDT. They will be supported to consolidate their training and be given a firm foundation to enable them to establish themselves within their professional role.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to our recruitment event on Friday 3rd November 2023., during this event you could discuss the role further, watch a short clip introducing the team, attend an interview and if appointed receive your offer / necessary paperwork!

We ask that you bring your right to work document, driving licence and x2 proof of address documents dated within the last 3 months.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will undertake a range of roles providing assessment and therapeutic intervention to children, young people and their families who present with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. They will be given allocated time for a psychotherapy specific caseload as well as offering core work. The specific work will include psychotherapy cases, parent work and where appropriate state of mind assessments.

The team work within the context of CAPA and CYP-IAPT and work closely with a range of colleagues in social care, schools and other partners.The post holder will be supported to develop professionally in their role. A range of supervision is available including professional, clinical, peer and management. We also provide regular CPD as well as opportunities for reflection and connecting with psychotherapists county wide. We welcome creative and innovative ideas for service development.HPFT CAMHS service is leading in transforming care for young people and their families and now has a CAMHS Home Treatment Team, a CAMHS DBT Service, and has a dedicated CAMHS Section 136 Suite. We also host our own Tier 4 Inpatient Unit for young people, Forest House Adolescent Unit, which has worked to reduce inpatient admissions and improve community care for young people in crisis.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

To deliver a high quality service working with, adolescents and their families/carers and to professionals from other organisations to ensure practices that respond effectively to both individual and service need.The post holder will be autonomously responsible for assessing and delivering intervention to children, young people and families in relation to a range of highly complex emotional, psychological and behavioural problems within the context of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT.

The post-holder will work within professional guidelines and under the clinical/professional supervision of senior clinicians of own and other professions.

The post-holder will provide clinical/professional supervision to trainees on placement, more junior staff of the same discipline and multi-disciplinary colleagues for purposes of training and continuing professional development.

The post holder will contribute to research, audit and evaluation for service development.

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional registration as per person spec
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Specialist training in an appropriate area and knowledge of CAPA and CYP-IAPT

Experience and Knowledge


  • Post qualification experience in a CAMHS team or related area, or several years' experience prior to qualification, with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents and their carers/families.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration and some knowledge of social care services and legislation
  • Knowledge of child development, child and adolescent mental health and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Good general knowledge of the literature and research concerning mental health interventions with children, particularly the clinical effectiveness of such interventions
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Procedures


  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc

Communication Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate 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
  • Ability to work therapeutically with young people and their families
  • Ability to work as a fully participating member of a multi-disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members contributions
  • Positive problem solving approach

Physical Skills


  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • IT skills include use of Microsoft Office and Outlook

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Rosanne House


Welwyn garden City


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