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Child Psychotherapist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
To be confirmed
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Exciting and innovative developments are taking place in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly CAMHS. Following the learning from our successful pilot, Thriving Together, we are looking to develop a specialist parent/infant relationship team (0-5yrs). Thriving Together has collaborated in a whole system approach to supporting the mental health of parent(s), babies, and young children. The adaptation of the Thrive service delivery model has led to strategic developments taking place across the Local Maternity System, Best Start in Life practitioner's, Perinatal, Voluntary and Third Sector organisations.

We are looking for enthusiastic, creative, and innovative practitioners. By joining the Thriving Together under 5's mental health service, you will be part of a transformational process that will improve the outcomes for the most vulnerable families, babies, and children within our county, and contribute to system wide development and change.

This role will providea highly specialist comprehensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy assessments and treatment for infant/young children and their parents/carers with moderate to severe, complex, and persistent relationship and mental health problems.

Main duties of the job

The Parent-Infant Psychotherapist post holder will work within the thriving Together team, which provides specialist therapeutic intervention for parents/carers babies and young children up to the age of 5 years. The post holder will hold a clinical caseload and manage and process referrals for allocated therapeutic intervention. The post holder will also provide supervision, deliver presentations, and deliver training, to both internal and external stakeholders.

The post holder will be expected to work with complex psychological problems and distress and provide highly specialist individual, family and assessment, formulations and intervention. It will be expected that the post holder will also provide regular supervision and consultation on the infant's/child's psychological care to non-psychotherapy colleagues, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Current professional registration - Full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists or relevant body or registration with UKCP, ACP, BCP, BACP, BAP, HCPC.
  • Professional qualification - Essential, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training (CAPT) or Parent/Infant Psychotherapy Training to master's or Doctoral level or equivalent.
  • Substantial clinical experience of working with parent-infant relationship
  • Having completed baby observation training.
  • Having completed Child Observation training
  • Knowledge and understanding of infant mental health and attachment theory
  • Experience of training delivery on parent/infant mental health
  • Experience of own psychodynamic/ psychoanalytical personal therapy
  • Doctoral level knowledge of the theory and practise of Infant/Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, including specialised knowledge of attachment
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with highly complex clinical presentations where co-morbidity indicates a range of therapeutic interventions, requiring the practice to liaise across the team and within a multi-agency framework.
  • Experience of working with complex multi-dimensional presentations across organisations, e.g., additional disabilities, and severely challenging behaviour/distress in young children etc.

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