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Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£61,341 to £70,439 a year pa inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Central and Northwest London (CNWL) Mental Health Trust's Hillingdon Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has a great opportunity for an experienced and dynamic qualified Psychotherapist who has passion for community CAMHS and innovative ways of working.

This is a great opportunity to join our team in CNWL to support in the delivery of high-quality children's mental health services. As one of the senior members of the team, you will work alongside senior staff and contribute to the team's development, you may contribute to service development, Quality Improvement and clinical governance initiatives, service user involvement, audit and research.

The successful candidate will provide assessment, treatment- planning and interventions for young people and their families within the Emotional Disorders (EDT) and Enhanced Treatment Team (ETT) pathway, working independently and autonomously with an agreed case-load as well as working with other psychotherapists, therapists and wider team members and/or external agencies in order to facilitate the best possible outcomes.

This role will allow opportunity to contribute specialist systemic knowledge to the multi-disciplinary team to facilitate wider understanding of systemic issues and participate in a team approach to care planning and risk management.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for: Band 7s & 8a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists/Band 6 trainees.

Key Relationships:

Colleagues within Harrow CAMHS and other CAMHS. services. Members of all agencies and services responsible for service users and their families care and support as appropriate.

To provide a qualified specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy service to children and young people with mental health problems across all sectors of care as part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS Team. Providing highly specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and therapy to service users and their families/carers 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 service's 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 service's general management.

The post holder will provide advice and consultation to other members of the team on psychotherapeutic interventions.

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

The post holder will support or will lead one of the pathway in Harrow CAMHS.

About us

The clinical and administrative base for Harrow CAMHS, 322 Northolt , HA2 8EQ , Harrow.

The service comprises approximately 40 professionals, consisting of a Team Manager Consultant Child Psychiatrists, C&A Psychotherapists, Clinical Psychologists, Systemic Family Therapists, Nurse Specialists, Primary Mental Health Specialists, Child Wellbeing Practitioners, Art Psychotherapists, an Assistant Psychologist, a Behaviour Analyst, and Administrative staff.

As well as the usual range of mental health disorders, the team encompasses a wide range of expertise, including Learning Disability and neuro-developmental conditions, substance misuse, outreach with gangs, youth offending work, multi-cultural engagement and treatment. The ethnic mix in Harrow is varied and this is reflected in referrals to the service. The Specialist CAMHS (Tier 3) consists of four core sub-teams - Emotional and Behavioral (E&D); Enhanced Treatment (ETT) ; Learning Disability Team and Neuro-developmental. The post-holder will be based in the ETT. All referrals are processed through a SPA (Single Point of Access) via the trust CAMHS Gateway. The post holder will work closely with relevant key stakeholders who are involved in the care and support of Children and Young people as well as the Out of Borough Under-5's Mental Health Service,.

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Key Responsibilities
  • Clinical:
    • Provide highly specialist psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapeutic assessments of children and young people referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources
    • Formulate and implement plans for the formal treatment and/or management of the child/ young persons problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings
    • Be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, grounded in the principles and techniques of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. These will include long and short term interventions as appropriate to need
    • Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group
    • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans
    • Provide highly specialist expertise, advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to children and young peoples formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan
    • Contribute directly and indirectly to a framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all children and young people of the service, across all settings and agencies serving children and young people with learning disabilities and mental health problems/challenging behaviour
    • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and young people and to provide advice to other professions on risk assessment and risk management
    • Act as Lead Professional, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of CAMHS care plans including children and young people, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care
    • Provide generic CAMHS assessment and intervention
    • Communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people under their care and to monitor progress

  • 2. Managerial
    • Provide clinical and performance management appraisals and supervision of less experienced C& A Psychotherapists and trainees
    • Manage the workloads of less experienced and trainee C& A Psychotherapists within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures

    • Liaise with the training schools of C&A Psychotherapists to provide an appropriate training experience for trainees
    • As Therapy Lead, the role will work closely with other Clinical Leads to ensure delivery of the service to those referred
    • To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service for clients, their carers and families within the service, including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychotherapy and/or organizational matters need
    • To initiate and implement appropriate service developments and projects within the sector/ service.
    • Be involved, as appropriate, in short-listing and interviewing
    • The postholder will be required to attend the regular clinical and professional meetings in the Borough linked with CAMHS service provision.

    3. Education and Development
    • Receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior C&A Psychotherapist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues
    • Develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs work as appropriate
    • Contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of child and adolescent psychotherapy, as appropriate
    • Provide advice, consultation and training to professionals working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings
    • Ensure that all C&A Psychotherapists within the service maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

    4. Research and Audit
    • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service valuation and audit
    • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where clinical and/or organizational matters need addressing
    • To utilize theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members
    • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision
    • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes
    • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychotherapy across the service

    5. Administration and Clinical Recording
    • To maintain compliance with the highest standards of Information Governance
    • To enter required data into the Trusts patient administration systems and to make use of data bases to carry out high level statistical processing of data, as necessary and appropriate
    • To use computer and computer software to prepare reports, presentations and documents relevant to working duties
    • To undertake administrative tasks in line with service requirements, making appropriate use of administrative support available

    Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
    • Honours Degree
    • Completion of an ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists) Doctoral level postgraduate clinical training in Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (4-6 years, including personal psychoanalysis)
    • Registration as a C & A 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 re: leadership
    Experience Essential
    • Assessed experience of working as a qualified C&A Psychotherapist for a minimum of four years with 2years at a Grade 8a or equivalent
    • Extensive experience of working with children, adolescents, their families, and the professional network of relevance to their care
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for the care and treatment of service users, within the context of a multi- disciplinary care plan
    • 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 re: supervision
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • 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 nonprofessional groups
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology

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