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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of HCAs pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2024
An opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist to join Lewisham Tier 3 CAMHS.

We are looking for an ACP registered child and adolescent psychotherapist with a broad range of experience, including working with children and families who present with a high level of complexity and require skilled and multi-layered assessments and intervention. Child and adolescent psychotherapists currently ending their training are welcome to apply and the post would be equally suitable for somebody with experience working at Band 7 already, but who wishes to take on a new challenge.

Successful applicants will be joining an exciting developing psychoanalytic psychotherapy team. There will be many opportunities for learning, supervision, development and integrative working with young people with moderate to severe mental health problems.

As a service we are proud of our commitment to staff wellbeing and supporting staff in their aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties.We have recognised the need for continuous learning and development of anti racist practice as clinicians and a service.

The needs of young people and families are at the centre of thinking about the service, and you will work together with service users and colleagues to ensure that the service best meets the needs of its population.

Main duties of the job

To provide a specialist psychotherapy service within Lewisham Generic CAMHS team - Horizon - including specialist and generic assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes, and have a care coordinating caseload.

The post holder will participate on the local CAMHS duty rota and undertake emergency assessments when required.

To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate.

To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.

To work as an autonomous professional within Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical colleagues. Applications are welcomed from doctoral students in their final year of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training.

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has the largest child and adolescent mental health service in the country and are national leaders. It is made up of five clinical units: National & Specialist, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Croydon.

Lewisham has a very high level of social need and mental illness in adults. Children aged 0-19 years number 64,000. Nearly 8% live in single parent households and up to 30% of households are without a wage earner. Children from black and ethnic minority groups represent 37% of 0-14 year olds. The number of looked after children is approximately 480. 20% of children are currently experiencing 3 or more psychosocial difficulties, and 46% of children live in families with three or more risk factors.

Lewisham CAMHS provides a multidisciplinary diagnostic, assessment, treatment, advisory and consultative service for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural disorders at high risk or those with more severe and persistent problems suggestive of psychiatric disorder. The service has five Specialist Multidisciplinary Teams: Horizon (Generic), Neuro Developmental Team (for neurodevelopmental problems including ASD), Symbol (for Looked After and Adopted CYP) LYPS (severe and enduring mental health problems), ARTs (for young offenders), Paediatric Liaison Service (for children with psychological problems associated with chronic health conditions) and CWP(mild to moderate depression, anxiety or behavioural problems.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Child psychotherapists keen to develop their proficiencies in working therapeutically in a diverse team of different specialties and within a creative and dynamic team are especially encouraged to apply. Opportunities for further training and CPD are provided both by the Service and Trust.

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Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Person Specification



  • Good relevant honours degree, or a recognised equivalent
  • Other related professional qualification or equivalent
  • Postgraduate accredited training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Eligibility for full membership of Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)


  • Keyboard skills (physical skills)
  • Other related academic qualification to Masters or Doctorate level.



  • Pre-qualification professional experience with children, adolescents and families (eg clinical/educational psychology, teaching, social work)
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and its effective application to the mental health problems of children and adolescents with complex disorders and diagnosis, including pervasive and severe emotional and psychological difficulties
  • Substantial experience of work with complex family situations.
  • Substantial experience of clinical and service related supervision and consultation
  • Substantial experience in working in multidisciplinary, multi-agency, multicultural context.


  • Substantial experience of work with therapeutic groups of children
  • Substantial experience of work with families challenged with parental mental health

Knowledge / Skills


  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients, staff, administrators and managers about highly complex and sensitive matters in situation of potential conflict or psychological/emotional pain, and where mental health problems affect relationships.
  • Capacity to listen to other points of view effectively about highly complex issues through reports, publication or public presentation
  • Good level of analytic skills and understanding of unconscious processes and their impact on the individual, group and institutional processes.
  • Ability to remain still and maintain intense concentration in clinical settings with children, adolescents, parents/carers and families where there may be high level of distress, verbal and physical aggression or chaotic activity.
  • Ability to integrate available highly complex clinical information into a coherent formulation and to apply it in treatment and clinical management.


  • Knowledge of research methodology.
  • Skills in consultation to clinical staff and other agencies.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust



32 Rushey Green



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