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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
1 Dec 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist to join the us at HPFT! You will be based in a multi-disciplinary community CAMHS team covering the East quadrant of the county. East Herts CAMHS is a welcoming and developing team that prides itself on providing excellent evidence based interventions. There are two main sites, one in Welwyn Garden City and one in Hoddesdon, the team work as one team across the two sites.

As the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist you will have ACP registration and provide a highly specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy service within the context of the principles of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT, providing both Core work and Specific/Specialist work including contributing to provision of a specific model of evidence-based therapeutic intervention across the CAMHS clinics (for example Specialist provision of Child Psychotherapy). You will work autonomously as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide psychotherapeutic assessments and interventions for children, adolescents and their families, practicing at a high level of clinical expertise and within relevant Codes of Practice and ethical guidelines and drawing on a wide range of models and techniques, within the context of the principles of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT.

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Main duties of the job

  • Formulate a range of treatment options based on an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence e.g. NICE guidelines.
  • Responsible for a substantial caseload of complex assessment, treatment and consultation work and to identify priorities of action in complex circumstances, providing both Core work and Specific/Specialist work (as defined by CAPA) including provision of a specific model of evidence-based Psychotherapy intervention across the CAMHS clinics
  • Provide supervision as agreed with Consultant Lead Child Psychotherapist. The post-holder will undertake research, audit and evaluation for service development All staff should comply with the Trust's Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

What we can offer you:
  • Coaching network where trained coaches throughout the Trust are matched with staff of all disciplines to provide a powerful development opportunity
  • Leading company discounts and childcare vouchers
  • Salary sacrifice schemes enabling staff to drive a new car or bike -saving on tax and insurance included
  • Wellbeing activities - from mindfulness to yoga, pilates and our signature craft club join our monthly programme of regular and special events to support your wellbeing
  • Gym discounts, including Nuffield Health and David Lloyd.

Does this interest you? Apply now!

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

In- addition to above and not limited by
  • Work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples and their families, extended families and people with mental health difficulties
  • Have good working relationships with multi-disciplinary colleagues
  • Maintain close working relationships with child therapy colleagues and other Psychological therapists both locally and CAMHS-wide
  • Promote and maintain good working relationships with colleagues in all areas of quadrant and build good relationships with clients, their families, carers / other external agencies as required
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and under the supervision of a more senior Child Psychotherapist and take an important role in the provision of specialist Child Psychotherapy services within the clinic
  • Responsible for assessing and treating children, young people and their families/carers in relation to a range of highly complex emotional, psychological and behavioural problem
  • Maintain adequate clinical notes as well as reports for internal use and external agencies, as well as maintaining good communication with referrers and other professionals involved with young people attending the clinic

Please check the job description attached for further information

The Trust is committed to providing services to both internal and external clients of the highest possible standards and each employee is required to reflect this in all aspects of their work. The service aims to be non-discriminatory on the grounds of race and gender, and staff are expected to be aware of, and respond to, the different cultures of clients and families using the service.

Person Specification

Training and Experience


  • Post-graduate clinical doctorate level (or equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) (including 2yrs pre-clinical masters/diploma level training) in psycho-analytic psychotherapy, accredited by the ACP
  • Evidence of further specialist training and/or supervised experience in treatment techniques or areas of clinical need, and knowledge of management or research, e.g. parent/infant work, brief psychotherapy, work with looked after children and their carers, work with adopted children and their adoptive parents, work with children with disabilities, consultation, supervision or research
  • Registered with the ACP and eligible for registration with the BPC and/or the PSA (previously CHRE)



  • Experience of self-harm assessment and intervention with both individual child/adolescent and their families
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents, their carers and professional networks
  • Awareness of current relevant legislation and National Service Frameworks and their implications for clinical practice
  • Awareness of Child Protection Procedures
  • IT Skills


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of service quality monitoring (eg clinical audit, evaluation research etc.
  • implications for clinical practice ? Experience and knowledge of CAPA and CYPIAPT

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Rosanne House


Welwyn Garden City


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