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Band 6 Trainee Child Psychotherapists - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024
We are delighted to invite an application for two Child Psychotherapy training posts to be based in two of the Bristol CAMHS teams.NHS England has confirmed funding for a two Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Traineeships in Bristol . The funding can extend to six years to include both a pre-clinical training course (recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists, ACP) and subsequent 4 years of clinical training at an ACP accredited training school. Applications are invited from candidates who as a minimum, have been accepted onto a pre-clinical training beginning September 2021. They will already be working with children and young people in a professional capacity and will have an interest in and some understanding of Psychoanalytical thinking. The funding covers course fees for the pre-clinical training and fees for personal Psychoanalysis in the second year of the pre-clinical training. This will need to be with an ACP approved Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. NB The funding will begin at the point the trainee is at in their training when offered the position and cannot be backdated.

You are encouraged to contact Caroline Church ( Professional Lead) on 0117 9190330 for further details and to check your pre-qualifications before applying.

Main duties of the job

Following successful completion of the pre-clinical two year M7 course the candidate will take up a post in one of the four locality CAMHS teams for 4 years clinical placement.

They will be involved in the core work of the locality CAMHS team alongside undertaking their psychotherapy training cases

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with 'lived-experience' of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,- we are a 'Disability Confident Employer' offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Job description

Job responsibilities

During clinical placement the trainee will undertake psychoanalytically orientated clinical work with children, young people and families 0 to 25yrs

They will be able to offer consultation to other agencies working with children and families

They will take part in the generic work core work alongside the locality CAMHS team

They will offer to work with parents and members professional networks around a child.

They will be able to offer some teaching and supervision.

Person Specification



  • Honours Degree
  • Place on Observation Course or equivalent or already completed


  • previous relevant professional qualification



  • Experience of work with children/familes across 2 of 3 pre-latency/latency/adolescent


  • Experience of multi-agency working



  • Some understanding of what a psychoanlytic approach involves


  • knowledge of CAMHS
  • knowledge of safeguarding principles

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Bristol CAMHS teams

The Knowle Clinic, Broadfield Rd



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