Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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This is an exciting opportunity to join Stockport Infant Parent Service (IPS), an expanding Parent Infant Mental Health (PIMH) service based in the heart of Stockport. As a highly specialist child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist you will be integral to the development of the service, alongside an experienced and passionate team.

You will be based at Stopford House together with core CAMHS as we work towards the NHS long term plan ambitions of a comprehensive service from 0-19. You will receive line management supervision from the clinical lead for IPS.

You will have the chance to further develop your skills in PIMH assessment, formulation and specialist intervention through a variety of training opportunities. You will provide an individualised, psychoanalytically informed service to families in Stockport from conception to age 2, as well as supporting the workforce through training, consultation and supervision.

We warmly welcome applications from child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapists who have transferable skills from working in other clinical areas and are wanting to develop their skills in PIMH. We are looking for someone who is dedicated to and passionate about PIMH, enjoys building relationships with others, and shares our values of compassion and kindness. Please join us in working towards our ambition of becoming a gold standard PIMH service in Greater Manchester.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based in the PIMH service in which is an expanding service located in Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, CAMH Service. The PIMH is an under 2s service and has been commissioned to provide a clinical service and also provide strategic lead, development and investment in the perinatal period up until the child's 2nd birthday. The service will have extensive links with Health Visiting, Maternity Services, Neonatal services, Children's Centres, Adult Mental Health,Voluntary sector and Children's Social Care, etc.

The post holder will provide a clinical service, training, consultation, and supervision across the large multi-agency network of mixed professionals.The post holder will work as a highly specialist practitioner developing andimplementing a community based therapeutic service to parents to be, infants, children and their families with a particular focus on under 2's, early intervention, the prevention of high risk and vulnerable families (e.g. socially excluded families). They will provide assessment and treatment of parents/carers and infants and their families grounded in the principles and techniques of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.The training and strategic development aspect of the role involves acting as a specialist resource, and contributing to multi-agency training of relevant professionals across the borough of Stockport. The post holder will be expected to offer consultation and clinical supervision to professional colleagues.

About us

Pennine Care Foundation Trust values compassionate leadership and compassion is at the heart of Stockport IPS.

You will be joining an enthusiastic and passionate team who welcome innovation in relationship based practice

You will be part of a wide GM network of PIMH and perinatal practitioners

We value hard work, commitment and a healthy work-life balance

We value compassion and personalised care for infants and their families, as well as in our working relationships

There is a huge commitment to PIMH in Stockport amongst our partner agencies and you will join a wider dedicated workforce.

You will be joining IPS and the wider CAMHS in our new purpose built building as we come together to realise the NHS Long Term Plan for a comprehensive CAMHS from birth to 19.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Delivery of Under 2s psychoanalytic psychotherapy service provision within the parameters of child and adolescent mental health, in a multiagency context.
  • To provide specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy assessment for Under 2s who may be experiencing severe, highly complex and persistent mental health difficulties and to make decisions about treatment options taking into account relevant evidence based research, theory, practice and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
  • To formulate and implement plans for therapeutic intervention and management from the point of referral, grounded in the principle and techniques of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  • To develop specialist provision for the parents of infants and young children using models of practice employed within other Under 2s services.
  • To provide specialist expertise in psychoanalytic principles and techniques through advice and consultation to other members of the PIMH service and colleagues within the network.
  • Post-holder will be expected to hold and work their own caseload within the context of the PIMH service.
  • To be part of the PIMH Duty rota providing appropriate information, advice, support, consultation to a range of professionals, and families.
  • To actively participate in PIMH weekly presentation, referral, CPD and business meetings.
  • To attend and contribute as an independent clinician to multidisciplinary and multi-agency meetings as appropriate.
  • To ensure appropriate liaison with professionals from external agencies.
  • To participate in the audit and evaluation of clinical work and the service as a whole.
  • To contribute to the development of best evidence based practice within the service.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility based on the Code of Professional and Ethics of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
  • To be involved in PIMH service development as required.
  • To work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team and communicate effectively regarding parents, infants and young children.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients and manage a caseload in line with the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.
  • To assist in the management of the PIMH caseload across Stockport, as required.
  • To produce reports on families, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of assessment, formulation and treatment outcome in a way which does justice to the complexity of the problems described; which takes account of confidentiality; and in a way which is understandable to the recipients of the reports.
  • To participate in regular line management supervision.

  • Service development
  • In collaboration with others, to contribute to the development of Under 2s PIMH service across Stockport.
  • Under the direction of the Stockport PIMH Clinical Lead contribute to development and planning of Under 2s service in PIMH and CAMHS Service.
  • To communicate and work with other staff and agencies including CAMHS, adult mental health, early years, education, children social services and voluntary sector agencies, to provide an integrated and accessible service for Under 2s.

  • Supervision and Training
  • To contribute to pre and post qualification training and supervision for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists where appropriate.
  • To provide as appropriate specialist clinical supervision or case consultation for professional trainees of related professions and for professionally trained members of the service.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with parents, infants and young children across a range of agencies and settings where appropriate.

  • Continuing Professional Development
  • To receive regular clinical and service related supervision from a more senior CAPT (external).
  • To gain additional highly specialist experience and training relevant to CAPT.
  • To fully participate in and contribute to, clinical supervision of staff in PIMH service.
  • To fully participate in, and contribute to, training events associated with PIMH service.
  • To attend regular case consultation meetings with senior colleagues.
  • To maintain and develop skills in post graduate teaching, training and supervision.
  • To participate in an annual appraisal process.
  • To attend to CPD and training needs as identified in supervision and KSF Review.

  • Clinical Governance and Research
  • To participate in audit and evaluation of PIMH services.
  • To participate in evaluation of all clinical activity within the post and provide such information as required by the Clinical Lead of PIMH and operational manager for CAMHS for the purpose of service monitoring and evaluation.
  • To participate in all research activities associated with PIMH as appropriate to this role and as required by the Clinical Lead of PIMH.
  • To utilise theory evidence based literature and research to support effective practice.
  • To represent a professional view point in relation to nationally accepted good practice and to ensure a high level of ethical standards and professional conduct.
  • To participate in service evaluation and research in consultation with Clinical Lead of PIMH service.

  • Administrative
  • To maintain records consistent with the current legislation.
  • To undertake the administrative duties appropriate to the tasks.
  • To be aware of the mechanisms of Clinical Governance, Quality Assurance and audit of PIMH

  • Policy
  • To act in accordance with the policies of the Trust (including child protection and resuscitation), Directorate, Department and Association of Child Psychotherapy Professional Practice and Ethical Guidelines.
  • To comply with service standards and practices to ensure that safe practices are maintained at all times.
  • To comply with and promote safe working practices for yourself and others in accordance with Trust Health and Safety policies,
  • The post holder has a responsibility to ensure the preservation of NHS property and resources.
  • The post holder follows policies in their own role which are determined by others. The post holder is required to comment on policies, procedures and possible developments.
  • It is a requirement of all staff to comply with all infection control policies and procedures as set out in Trust Infection Control Manual.

  • Person Specification essential Essential
    • Professional qualifications as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist as recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists. o
    • Full membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists
    • Experience of working with patient groups presenting high levels of complexity, including infants, young children and families.
    • Experience in psychotherapy assessment and therapeutic work with infants and young children and their families/ parents/carers with a full range of presenting problems.
    • Experience of representing clinical child psychotherapy within the context of multidisciplinary and multi-agency treatment and care.
    • Experience of consulting with other professionals in Health, Education, Social Services and Local Authority.
    • Knowledge of legislation and national guidance in relation to the needs of infants and young children. D
    • Working knowledge of professional systems involved in work with infant and young children, particularly in relation to the statutory framework around child protection
    • Evidence of awareness of parental mental health in relation to infant/child mental health matters. Evidence of clinical supervision.
    • octoral level (or equivalent) knowledge of child and adolescent psychotherapy, including highly developed knowledge of psychoanalytical theories and models of development, psychopathology, family and institutional dynamics.
    • Skills in the use of psychoanalytical methods of assessment, intervention and management in work with infants, and young children and families.
    • Skills in co-working, liaison and consultation with others, especially with regard to highly complex families.
    • Evidence of a capacity to work collaboratively and flexibly in a multi-disciplinary team context.
    • High level of skill in assessing risk in the context of parent infant mental health and with young children.
    • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicity from one's own.
    • Demonstrate sensitivity in all contact with disadvantaged groups.
    • High level of ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) complex, technical and clinically sensitive information to children, parents and carers and a wide range of professionals.
    • Ability to cope with stressful interpersonal situations, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse and communicate in situations in which there may be barriers to the acceptance of communications.
    • Good organisational skills.
    • Use of a car or a

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