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B8a Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 a year incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
4 May 2024
My job makes better lives by providing appropriate interventions for families so they receive a timely and effective service, delivered in respectful and safe environments and deploying leadership skills to facilitate service development and driving change to the benefit of children and young people.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ACP registered child and adolescent psychotherapist to join an established team of child and adolescent psychotherapists and child and adolescent psychotherapists in training in the trust.

It would suit a colleague who is keen to develop their leadership role while retaining opportunities to deliver clinical work. The CYPS component of the post is sited within the community team in Northeast Hampshire and would provide a service for families in the area.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide CYPS Community Team NEH with a high quality, specialist evidence-based psychoanalytic child psychotherapy service to children, young people and their families and professional networks.
  • To case hold and provide generic work identifying the most appropriate intervention for a child or young person.
  • To provide highly specialist child assessment and therapy to children/adolescents with severe, complex and persistent mental health problems and their families.
  • To provide specialist advice and consultation regarding diagnosis and treatment to NHS colleagues and external agencies.
  • To work autonomously within the Association for Child Psychotherapy and Trust guidelines.
  • To provide supervision to CYPS professionals including trainees, where appropriate.
  • To develop audit and research activities and to propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team.
  • All post holders working will be expected to uphold the Trust's vision and values.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Eligibility to high cost area supplement is conditional upon candidates residence and will be discussed on offer.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy assessment of clients referred to the team incorporating complex information from other professionals. To make decisions about treatment options taking into account evidence based research, theory, practice and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes which have impacted on the child and their family
  • To formulate and in collaboration with children, young people and their carers, develop and implement care plans for the assessment and treatment and/or management of the full range of children and young peoples mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence and in collaboration with young people and their carers
  • To provide highly specialist short e.g STPP or TAPP or long term psychoanalytic child psychotherapy for children/adolescents with severe, complex and persistent mental health problems and to work with parents/carers who may be vulnerable and have mental health problems, for families who may have complex and persistent problems. To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds

Please see the attached Job Description for further details.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate Doctorate training or equivalent in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy


  • Training in clinical supervision



  • Have a minimum of 5 years' clinical experience working with children and adolescents with complex mental health needs
  • Experience of providing effective appraisal and clinical supervision for a range of professional groups
  • Experience of supporting trainee child and adolescent psychotherapists

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


CYPS Community Team Northeast Hampshire, Aldershot Centre for Health

Hospital Hill


GU11 1AY

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