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Under 5s Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum (pro rata P/T) inc HCAS
Closing date
28 May 2024
The Brent Harrow Hillingdon Under 5s CAMHS Team is a new service, commissioned to provide brief parent-infant and parent-child psychotherapy to families with babies and young children in Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon. It is an expansion of the successful Under 5s CNWL service that operates in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. The team is multi-disciplinary, though run as a psychoanalytic service.

We are looking for an ACP accredited child psychotherapist with an experience of and passion for Under 5s work. You will be part of embedding our service in Hillingdon Children's Centres, making relationships with families and local stakeholders. You will offer brief psychotherapy to families and consultation to professionals and parents. The opportunity to retain clinical work with latency and adolescent cases is available through the child psychotherapy service in Hillingdon CAMHS. We accept and encourage applications from people qualifying in Summer 2024.

Hillingdon is a vibrant and varied borough, with excellent transport links via the Elizabeth, Piccadilly and Metropolitan line. There is a weekly team meeting with all staff members from across the tri-borough service.

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Main duties of the job

The role involves a creative and passionate approach to service development, and offers the opportunity of being part of a pioneering initiative. We are looking for clinicians with sound understanding of infant mental health, and who are open to growing and developing in this field. As this is a brand-new service, we are looking forward to growing and developing together with you.

We are advertising a 0.8 (4 days/week) band 7 post for the Borough of Hillingdon. The post holder will be based within Hillingdon CAMHS team and in one of the local Children's Centres.

The service aims to provide an accessible, destigmatising, culturally sensitive infant/young child mental health perspective through:
  • consultation to parents and professionals
  • specialist assessment
  • 6 session brief work with Under 5s and their families, using evidence-based treatment
  • interagency partnership working
  • teaching and training in infant mental health and early attachment.

About us

The Child Psychotherapist role requires a motivated, organised and enthusiastic professional interested in supporting a lively Under 5s clinical team. They will be part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team undertaking clinical functions in line with their clinical expertise to implement the project under the guidance of the Band 7 Child Psychotherapist and Lead of the project.

If you are interested and would like more information, please call Claudia de Campos, Under 5s Service Lead.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

To provide an efficient, effective, comprehensive and specialist early intervention psychotherapy assessment and treatment service for children Under 5 and their families with
  • highly complex and persistent infant mental health problems and presentations beyond ordinary developmental expectations, their carers/parents and families within care pathways as relevant.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of families with children Under 5 with complex infant mental health presentations, developmental and emotional difficulties.
  • To offer consultation, teaching and training on infant mental health and attachment to multidisciplinary colleagues
  • To contribute to audit and research.
  • To actively engage in outcome monitoring, including the use of normed routine outcome measures associated with CYP IAPT
  • To work in clinical practice, making use of supervision, within the overall framework of the CAMHS Directorates and the Trusts policies and procedures.

  • Person Specification



    • Masters level preclinical training at an Association of Child Psychotherapists recognised training school - post graduate doctoral level training in clinical child psychotherapy at a training school accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapy or Association of Child Psychotherapists Statement of Equivalence


    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in relevant fields in health, social care or education settings



    • Experience of specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their parents as a full member of a multidisciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatient or inpatient setting.
    • Experience of working with a wide variety child, adolescents across the whole age range (0-18) and their parents, and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity and complexity.


    • Experience of working in different CAMHS Tiers.
    • Experience of the application of child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts.



    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychotherapeutic assessment, intervention and management.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and adolescents including child protection procedures and policies
    • Ability to tolerate anxiety without recourse to premature action whilst appreciating the role of the supervisor.
    • Awareness of the implications of working within a managed system.


    • Knowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education Structures, National policies and frameworks.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Knowledge of research methodology and outcome research design and ability to critically interpret research findings



    • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.


    • Ability to teach and train others and present the work of child psychotherapists within public, professional and academic settings

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    CAMHS Minet Clinic

    Avondale Drive


    UB3 3NR

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