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Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 pro rata per annum including HCAS
Closing date
26 Jun 2024
8B Highly Specialist Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist - Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon Under 5s Service

We are delighted to offer a new 8B Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist post covering the three outer London boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon. This is a great opportunity to build on your experience as a senior Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and support a thriving new service together with the Lead CAPT.

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Main duties of the job

We are looking for a committed ACP registered Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist with a passion for working with children, young people and their families. You will work together with the Lead Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in developing the BHH Under 5s service providing supervision to the multidisciplinary team, liaising and consulting with Children's Centres and other community agencies and ensuring the best possible outcomes for children under 5 and their families.

This role will allow opportunity to contribute specialist knowledge to the multi-disciplinary team and regular supervision to Band 7 CAPTs and an ACP trainee when placed within the team.

As one of the senior members of the team, you will work alongside senior CNWL staff and contribute to the service's development, as we continue to strive to be an accessible, responsive and innovative service with patient care and patient experience at its heart. There will be opportunities to further develop your leadership and strategic skills with support from senior colleagues.

About us

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust is a prominent mental health trust offering high quality children's mental health services across 5 boroughs of London. The Trust supports staff wellbeing, reflective practice and monthly team reflective groups in CAMHS teams. The contribution of child & adolescent psychotherapy as part of the MDT is valued in the Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy service to children under 5 years of age and their families (here referred as service users) as part of a multi-disciplinary tri-borough CAMHS Team.

To provide highly specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and therapy to service users and advice and consultation on their care to non-psychotherapist colleagues and the professional network involved in their support.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures. They will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. They will contribute to and implement policy changes in line with the objectives set for the service and in collaboration with the services general management.

The post holder will provide clinical and professional supervision to trainees and to less experienced psychotherapists and non-psychotherapists.

The post holder will provide advice and consultation to other members of the team on Under 5s psychotherapeutic intervention.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Honours Degree
  • Completion of an ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists) Doctoral level postgraduate clinical training in Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Significant Psychotherapy (including personal psycho-analysis)
  • Registration as Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist with the ACP
  • Continuing professional development (required by the ACP)


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of child & adolescent psychotherapy practice especially relevant to complex CAMHS
  • Training in leadership



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist for a significant time with an equally significant time at as a Grade 8a or equivalent
  • Extensive experience of working with children, adolescents, their families, and the professional network of relevance to their care
  • Extensive experience of working with children, adolescents, their families, and the professional network of relevance to their care
  • Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context
  • Experience of developing and delivering bespoke CAMHS training to non CAMHS professionals
  • Experience of developing and delivering clinical training to colleagues


  • Experience of the application of child & adolescent psychotherapy in different cultural contexts
  • Research interest in any topic relevant to the specific service
  • Training in clinical supervision



  • Doctoral level knowledge of child & adolescent psychotherapy
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychotherapy assessment intervention and treatment, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration, in particular as applied to complex problems
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Understanding of the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • Understanding of individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, report writing abilities and organisation
  • Ability to communicate complex and sensitive information to clients and families from diverse backgrounds


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of child & adolescent psychotherapy specific to difficult to treat groups such as Under 5s



  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi- media materials for presentation ns in public, professional and academic settings

Personal Attributes


  • Enthusiasm for delivering child & adolescent psychotherapy in a CAMHS, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by child & adolescent psychotherapy services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services
  • Ability to contain, understand and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others


  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon

322 Northolt Road



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