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CAMHS Psychological Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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We are looking to recruit a clinical / applied psychological and or CBT therapist to our CORE South CAMHS team. We work with children and young people with moderate to severe mental health disorders, providing comprehensive assessment and intervention as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

We are looking for a candidate who has a strong sense of team working, with an ability to work autonomy and has experience of working with Children and young people, they will need tan ability to remain calm and resilient as we often work under pressure. We foster a respectful MDT team approach to our working and environment. As part of this role there a multiagency working and liaison.

Our South Core Team are located in Cambridge.

We support our team with regular operational and clinical / professional supervision. We are keen to support and develop our staff based on their individual needs identified throughout appraisal process. We will provide continual development sessions to support you in your role these will either individual basis or via as a team approach.

If you are looking for a new challenge or a chance to expand your experience, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting young people and their families, then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist evidence-based assessment and therapy to children and adolescents with mental health difficulties.
  • To offer advice and consultation on young people's psychological care to both professional colleagues and staff from other agencies.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of both the trust's and CAMHS' policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disable people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of children and adolescents referred to CAMHS, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with young people, their families and others involved in the young persons care (including professionals from other agencies).
  • To individually formulate, plan, implement and evaluate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a young persons mental health or other complex psychological problems based on an appropriate conceptual framework adapting/utilising several psychological models and employing methods of proven efficacy, across a range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing psychological interventions in own area of speciality for individual children and young people, families/carers, and via groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing on different explanatory models including developmental, cognitive, learning theory, biological, and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual and their family and/or carers or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of own clients, and to manage and maintain caseload in line with service requirements.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving these children and their families.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients and/or carers and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care and joint work with other agencies.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family/carers, and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.

Person Specification



  • Qualification in a relevant field of mental health, health, social welfare, or education
  • Qualification and accreditation in a UKCP, ACP, or BABCP approved course in CBT, Systemic Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, DBT, or CAT for CYP


  • Accredited by the relevant UK governing body in supervision of psychological therapists and trainees employing therapy in own area of expertise



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of children, young people and families across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care or in-patient settings
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments and managing risk care coordination and addressing safeguarding issues.


  • Experience of using Routine Outcome Measures (ROM)
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision

Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

Physical Requirements


  • Able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting
  • Ability to travel

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Brookside Clinic

18D Trumpington Rd



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