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Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
6 Jul 2024
CFHD are delighted to invite applications for a Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

NHS England has confirmed funding for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Traineeship in CFHD. The funding extends over six years to include a pre-clinical training course where required (0.2 WTE in Year 1 with a potential of 1 WTE in Year 2) plus 4 years of clinical training at an ACP-accredited training school (1 WTE).

This is an exciting opportunity for those already enrolled on a pre-clinical course who wish to pursue the clinical training. You will already be working with children and young people in a professional capacity and will have an interest in and some understanding of Psychoanalytical thinking.

Main duties of the job

  • The post has been allocated flexible funding for either 4, 5 or 6 years based on a bespoke package dependent on where the successful applicant is on their training journey. It can include:
  • The course fees for the 2-year pre-clinical psychoanalytic infant observation training Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M7)
  • Fees for personal psychoanalysis and travel expenses with an approved training analyst (5 years, 3 times a week in year 2 and then 4 times a week in years 3-6).
  • Doctoral course fees and travel expenses for the 4-year clinical training.
  • The option of being employed during the 2nd year of the pre-clinical training as an Assistant Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist within CAMHS at Band 6 WTE.
  • Employment as a Trainee Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (Band 6 WTE) in Devon CAMHS for the subsequent 4-year clinical period
  • The successful applicant for the pre-clinical training would need to apply and be offered a place on one of the pre-clinical trainings recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists to start in September 2024. Those who have secured a place on this course, or who have completed a first year, will also be eligible to apply for the traineeship.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Moving through the pre- clinical on to the clinical training is dependent on the successful completion of the two-year baby observation, the passing of the academic papers/ course and gaining a place via application and interview on to the clinical training course at either the Tavistock and Portman training school or IPCAPA.

Prior to application applicants are encouraged to contact Angharad Howell (professional lead for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy) Tel: 01271 384000 for informal discussion about pre- qualifications and experience before applying.

Please note there are two posts. One based in North Devon and the other in South or East Devon. If you intend to apply for both posts please only complete one application and indicate that you wish to be considered for both and your preference for base.

Person Specification



  • An honours degree level qualification giving eligibility to train at Masters level in Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Post graduate qualification in Working with Children, Young People and Families, A psychoanalytic Observational Approach or eligible to apply
  • Evidence of relevant CPD.


  • Core degree level qualification in e.g. Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, or other equivalent profession.
  • Professional registration/accreditation with a recognised body, e.g. NMC, HCPC, Social Work England, UKCP, BABCP



  • Experience of working with children and young people (0-18)
  • Experience of collaborative working with professionals across a range of agencies in health, social care and education.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to tend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring the safety of young people in partnership with other agencies as appropriate


  • Experience of engaging/working with children, young people, families and carers with complex mental health needs and undertaking specialist mental health assessments and evidence-based therapeutic interventions in the community, including risk assessments.



  • Knowledge of mental health presentations and evidencebased clinical interventions.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation pertaining to childrens mental health.
  • Understanding of the use in practice of assessment tools, routine outcome measures and goal-based care.
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Awareness of child protection and safeguarding procedures.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Integrated Childrens Services

Fishleigh Road

Roundswell Business Park



EX31 3UD

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