Psychotherapist for the Adolescent Mental Health Team

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum, pro rata inc HCA
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 8a- 6 sessions. Candidates wishing to join the team for less than 6 sessions/week will be considered with a minimum required of 4 sessions per week.

Open to: Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists who are registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, compassionate and creative senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with CAMHS experience and experience of working with adolescents to work in the socially and ethnically diverse borough of Newham.

Main duties of the job

This post is part of a comprehensive Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, within the East London NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidate will be part of a stimulating and supportive multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health team. There is a strong commitment to clinical supervision and professional development within CAMHS and the wider NHS Foundation Trust including many learning and teaching opportunities.

About us

The AMHT is commissioned to provide early intervention in psychosis (EIS) for 13- to 18-year-olds as well as offer mental health care to young people presenting with high risk of severe life-threatening self-harm. The team model includes joint working as well as individual working with young people and their families. The team offers a range of interventions including systemic family therapy, individual therapy (CBT, psychoanalytical psychotherapy, narrative therapy) and psychiatric support. The team works within a Care Pathway model of service delivery with a multidisciplinary framework, holding weekly MDT meetings where all high-risk cases are discussed. It incorporates a developmental approach into its formulation of young people's presentation and an understanding of adolescent personality development. Due to the nature and severity of their mental health difficulties, young people will frequently need a longer-term engagement with the team.

Please note: the post holder would need to be available to work on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons for MDT meetings.

If you are interested in this post and would like more information please contact Dr.Aurelie Bach (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) or Coretta Ogbuagu (Principal Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist) on 0208 430 9000)

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will represent the Child Psychotherapy discipline and contribute to a positive working environment within the Adolescent Mental Health Team (AMHT) multi-disciplinary team of which they will be a member. In this team, the post-holder will be contributing to MDT assessments of adolescents at risk of developing severe and enduring mental health difficulties and provide psychoanalytically informed treatment to young people and their parents and carers.

The post-holder will also be a member of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy team and will attend weekly clinical and business meetings. This team is currently developing a specialist Under-Fives pathway for Child Psychotherapy and has an established pathway for STPP (Short Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) with adolescents. The post-holder may provide clinical supervision to other members of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy team. The post holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy and will be required to account for their professional practice through appraisal and audit.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Honours degree
  • Postgraduate Diploma/ MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies or recognised equivalent.
  • Minimum Masters level in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent.
  • Registered member of ACP
Experience Essential
  • Experience of intensive and non-intensive psychotherapy with individual children, parents and adolescents.
  • Experience of offering psychoanalytic interventions employing brief models
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Child Protection issues and mental health problems
  • Experience in some area of clinical specialisation including with adolescents
  • Experience and understanding of working with children and families from a diverse ethnic and cultural background, and families with a high level of deprivation
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and an understanding of implication for clinical activity.
  • Knowledge of recent legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management and mental health in relation to children, young people and their families.
  • Advanced practical knowledge in area of specialisation.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and families with a high level of deprivation

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