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Band 7 Eating Disorders CAMHS Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
This is an excellent opportunity for a clinician with an enthusiasm for working with this client group to join our busy community CAMHS Eating Disorders Service. We are a multidisciplinary team, and we work closely with our partner agencies, and there is excellent support within each professional group, and good opportunities for training and development in this specialist area.

The primary role will be to provide a child psychotherapy service and to participate in the delivery of FTAN, Anorexia Nervosa Focused Family Therapy (for which training will be given) in the Royal Free Eating Disorders Service. The role comprises providing specialist assessment and treatment, offering advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychotherapeutic colleagues and to other non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the Service's policies and procedures.

We have additional funding to expand our CAMHS Eating Disorders Intensive Service.

Successful candidates will work as part of our community team, and will also contribute to service development.

Main duties of the job

Providing a Child Psychotherapy Service, Family Therapy for Anorexia (FT-AN), and other therapeutic interventions, to children and young people with eating disorders and their carers as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Working with the professional network around a child.

Participating in the team's duty triage and assessment system.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities:

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

For further details / informal visits contact

Name: Elizabeth Anscombe

Job title: Lead Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Email address:

Telephone number: 020 7794 0500 extn 39930

Job description

Job responsibilities


Please see attachedjobdescriptionfor more information about this role and working at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification

Please see attached person specification.

Person Specification

Education and Professional Qualifications


  • Masters level pre-clinical training at an Association of Child Psychotherapists recognised training school
  • Postgraduate training (doctoral equivalent) in clinical child psychotherapy at a training school accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapy or Association of Child Psychotherapists Statement of Equivalence



  • To be available to attend weekly Child Psychotherapy team meeting on Thursdays 12.30 - 13.30
  • To be available to work on Wednesday mornings



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their parents across the whole age range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity and complexity
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary / multiagency team.
  • Experience of work with eating disorders with children and adolescents


  • Experience of work in a hospital
  • Experience of providing case-based supervision and consultation to assistant child psychotherapists and other professionals within and without CAMHS
  • Experience of the application of child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts

Skills and Aptitudes


  • High level of knowledge, expertise, competence and skills in current models and methods of practice of Child Psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of use of routine outcome measures used in CAMHS especially goal-based measures
  • High level of knowledge of the theory and practice of short-term and long-term psychotherapy and its application to other settings
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to infants, children and adolescents including child protection procedures and policies
  • Knowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education Structures
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Basic IT skills including word processing, use of email and internet


  • High level of knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychotherapies with eating disorders, particularly FT-AN

Personal Qualities & Attributes


  • Ability to form good working relationships with others and to work with others in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and to support others under stress including dealing with patients/carers with life threatening illness
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice
  • Ability to articulate clearly the role of Child Psychotherapy in multi-professional services, based on a good understanding of NHS and national professional policies



  • Physical Effort Confined Sitting Position (Therapy)
  • Mental and Emotional Effort Concentrating on therapeutic session. Ability to sustain mental, emotional demands of working with a potentially life threatening and clinically complex patient group and their families

RFL World Class Values and Behaviours


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust values and behaviours

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Mary's House

23 East Heath Road



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