Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum including of HCAS
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a prominent mental health trust which combines patient services, research and consultancy with a national remit for delivering mental health-related education and training.

If you are a dynamic and creative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist who is looking to develop professionally, and who has a passion for working with children, young people and families in community CAMHS in innovative ways, this is a great opportunity for you. You will join the North Camden Community Team (NCCT), one of the two Camden CAMHS's Community Teams - Open Minded. We are a multi-disciplinary team staffed by highly experienced clinicians and part of a large and vibrant child and family department. We are proud to offer a dynamic, innovative and needs-led service. We have a varied caseload of clients from diverse backgrounds, ranging from those presenting with a high level of complexity and risk to those who require preventative interventions. We work closely with the multi-agency networks and offer CAMHS input in schools. Camden CAMHS is one of the pilot sites for the Trailblazers' initiative, with new developments such as the clinical intake team, the 4-week-wait initiative and Mental Health Support Team offering support in schools. We strive to be an accessible, responsive and innovative service with patient care and patient experience at its heart.

Main duties of the job

This post will provide you scope for you to offer supervision, consultation and training, alongside clinical work including outreach community work, generic CAMHS assessment and brief treatment, child psychotherapy assessment and treatment (including work with pre latency children and their families). You will also have a pivotal role in supporting child psychotherapy trainees in the team. Camden CAMHS is a pilot site for Trailblazers' initiative and the post holder will contribute to the 4-week-waiting initiative and there will be ongoing development in building a brief assessment and treatment model. The post holder will make an active contribution to the child psychotherapy discipline.

You will be part of the team's various duty rotas, and this will include responding to urgent queries and offering urgent assessments, providing input to Camden CAMHS's clinical intake structure which offers signposting and information gathering. The post holder may have champion/strategic lead roles in areas as required, e.g. coordination of the schools programme in NCCT; service user involvement initiatives; Quality Improvement; research and audit; service evaluation; contributing to development of skills and knowledge of the team in areas such as NICE guidelines, evidence-based interventions; contributing to improve the team's overall performance and functioning; embedding outcome measures; demand and capacity planning and initiatives; waiting list management, etc.

About us

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults. With 500 staff across a number of sites, we are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people's lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health. For more information, please access the following link:

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for more details about the main duties' about the role.

Person Specification Qualification/Training/Education Essential
  • Eligibility for full membership of the ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists). Doctorate level qualification or equivalent in Psychanalytic Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis.
Previous Experience Essential
  • Clinical experience of working as a child psychotherapist with difficult, disturbed or challenging children, young people and families requiring skilled and complex interventions.
  • Experience of conducting initial assessments, brief treatment, child psychotherapy assessment and treatment in a community CAMHS setting.
  • Experience of working with children and young people where there are issues of safeguarding/mental health risk.
  • Experience of supporting and offering supervision to child psychotherapy trainees.
  • Experience of intake work in community CAMHS.
  • Experience of working with children with neurodevelopmental issues, such as ASD and ADHD.
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with families, carers and analytic and non-analytic professional colleagues within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to work effectively, collaboratively and supportively as a member of a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team.
  • Knowledge of quality improvement.
  • Knowledge and skills in service user involvement.

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