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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Preceptorship

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inc
Closing date
24 May 2024

Job Details

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist to join a highly specialist service for young people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Applicants are invited for this as a Band 7 post, with the opportunity to progress to Band 8a once having achieved specified competencies. Please see attached guidance.

Greenwich CAMHS Adolescent Team is a multidisciplinary team offering adolescents and their families a responsive community-based service including outreach and intensive treatment. The team works closely with its multi-agency colleagues.

This post is for an ACP accredited Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist wishing to work in a community based service with adolescents with complex presentations and high levels of risk.

Greenwich CAMHS is currently in the process of redesigning its Service Model to align with the Thrive framework, a nationally recognised approach, to help us deliver timely, responsive and needs based mental health interventions for the children and young people in Greenwich.

The Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy team in Oxleas NHS Foundation trust is an established, active, diverse and creative group that meets regularly, offers opportunities for CPD, holds an annual conference and welcomes innovatory ideas and collaborations.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide a psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic service for children, young people and their families, who present with complex mental health difficulties. S/he will provide assessment, brief, medium and long-term treatment to children and adolescents up to the age of 18 and offer consultation, advice and training (where appropriate) to other professionals involved in the young person's care. The post holder will receive supervision as required for a Band 7 child and adolescent psychotherapist.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Task and Responsibilities
  • To provide efficient, effective, comprehensive and highly specialist child and adolescent psychoanalytical psychotherapy assessment and brief, medium and long-term treatment for children and adolescents with severe, highly complex and persistent mental health problems, their carers/parents and families.
  • To provide highly specialist supervision and consultation for multi-disciplinary staff within Greenwich CAMHS and to staff of related agencies (health, education, social care, voluntary sector, and youth criminal justice system.)
  • To undertake clinical audit, research and evaluation and to contribute to the development of child psychotherapy as required.
  • To work autonomously within the overall framework of CAMHS and trust policies and procedures.
  • To participate in Directorate wide CPD programme for Child Psychotherapists and attend monthly Child Psychotherapy Directorate meetings.

  • To provide highly specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy assessment for children and adolescents with severe, highly complex and persistent mental health problems, and their carers/parents and families, and to make decisions about treatment options taking into account relevant evidence-based research, theory, practice and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes which have shaped the child/adolescent, their parents/carers and family .
  • To provide highly specialist brief, medium and long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents with severe, complex and persistent mental health problems. Due to the nature of their difficulties, these children and young people may be hard to engage, and may have received other interventions, or be working with medical or community colleagues offering physical therapist or other forms of specialist treatments. It is recognised that they may need a range of interventions that may include a more intensive and in-depth therapy to reach their deep-rooted mental health difficulties.
  • To provide in depth risk-assessments of young people who are a risk to themselves / and or others and to be able to formulate short-term crisis planning, (which may involve some outreach working), in order to provide support that will enable the young person to engage with on-going treatment at a later stage.
  • To provide, as required, highly specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and parents/carers who may be vulnerable and may have mental health problems.
  • To contribute, as required, to the process of care planning for young people referred within the Adolescent Team and to manage a complex caseload as care coordinator working within a multi-disciplinary team which includes: psychiatry, psychology, child psychotherapy, nursing, family therapy and occupational therapy.
  • To monitor clinical progress through regular reviews of psychotherapy treatment.
  • To deliver, as required, highly specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic treatment for families who are hard to engage and who may be highly dysfunctional with complex and persistent problems.
  • To provide highly specialist assessment reports for Social Care and Court where appropriate.
  • To participate and collaborate with other team members to provide specialist clinical services as required e.g. Court assessments, parenting assessments, specialist emotional state and cognitive assessments, specialist group work and assessment of trauma and depression.
  • To participate in regular CPA reviews and on-going discussion of cases in treatment with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and where appropriate, co-ordinate and organise network meetings with professionals from other agencies
  • To be able to engage and work with children and young people with a range of learning and developmental difficulties while drawing upon a range of theoretical and practical knowledge acquired over a significant period of time (.e.g. developments in psychoanalysis, child and adolescent development, attachment theory, neuro-biology, systems theory, adult psychopathology, mentalization-based theory and thinking.)
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility based on the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.

Please see attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • C& A Psychotherapy



  • Levels of CAMHS experience
  • Adolescent Experience



  • Appropriate CPD

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Greenwich CAMHS

Highpoint House, London, SE18 3RZ


SE18 3RZ

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