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Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata based on experience at start of post
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Wirral Community CAMHS are keen to recruit an enthusiastic and flexible ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. We are interested in recruiting to full time hours (1.0 WTE) or substantive part time hours and would like to appoint at either Band 8a or to a preceptorship post (Band 7 working within an agreed framework of skills development with a plan for progression to Band 8a after 2 years).

Wirral Community CAMHS sits within The Children, Young People and Families Care Group of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The overall Service comprises: an Access Service (which includes Primary Mental Health and Mental Health in Schools provision); a 0-18 Team (a Multi-Disciplinary Team for children and young people who present with moderate to severe Mental Health Difficulties, with a clinical offer which includes generic CAMHS work, Psychiatry, Psychology, CBT, DBT, EMDR, IPT-A and Systemic Family Therapy, specialist Eating Disorders Provision & intervention from a YOT specialist); a Multi-Disciplinary LD CAMHS Team, a Neurodevelopmental Team, and an Intensive Support Team (for CYP with Autism). In addition, alongside, there is an Urgent Support Team (for managing crises and risk).

Applications from current CAPTs in training who are due to qualify this year are welcomed and will be considered.

Main duties of the job

Child Psychotherapy is an established element of Service provision. The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists work closely together to offer psychodynamic assessments, brief, short-term and long-term psychotherapy, together with parent/carer work and psychodynamic family/relational work. There is scope to offer reflective practice, consultation and supervision, and for the postholder to develop an area of interest in line with Service need (e.g. STPP, consultation regarding looked after and adopted children, or Early Years work)

The Service offers placements to Clinical Trainees from NSCAP and part of the postholder's responsibilities will be to hold the role of Service Supervisor (or actively move towards readiness for this). There is support for Service Supervisors to attend the CPD group facilitated by NSCAP as appropriate.

Applicants will also aim to comply with all service and trust requirements in terms of risk assessments, outcome monitoring, clinical records and learning.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification)andvalues.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Postgraduate diploma or Masters degree (pre-clinical training as recognised by Association of Child Psychotherapists).
  • Professional qualification as a Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist as recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapist (Doctorate level training equivalent)
  • Full Membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. (up to date full membership of ACP to be maintained).
  • Post qualification training in Clinical Supervision
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic theories and models of development, psychopathology, family and institutional dynamics, and models of intervention and practice
  • A good amount of post qualification experience of assessment/intervention with young people (and their families, parents/carers) in a CAMHS (or equivalent) setting.
  • Ability to function independently as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist within a Team.
  • Experience of psychoanalytic assessment and therapeutic work with difficult, disturbed, and challenging children and young people (and their families, parent/carers) requiring skilled and complex psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Experience of working in the role of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with Children and Adolescents presenting severe and complex difficulties.
  • Experience of working with professional networks and awareness of issues for networks and teams.
  • Experience of providing consultation and support to other professionals in Health, education and/or Social Services
  • Significant experience of presenting clinical child psychotherapy within the context of multidisciplinary and multi-agency treatment and care
  • High level ability to communicate effectively (in written and verbal forms) complex, technical and clinically sensitive information to children, young people and their carers and families, and a wide range of professionals within and outside of CAMHS.
  • Knowledge of legislation and national guidance in relation to the needs of children and young people and to mental health (including safeguarding procedures) and it's implications for clinical practice.
  • Experience of designing and implementing audit.
  • Experience of supervising and/or facilitating the development of trainees or junior colleagues.
  • Post qualification experience in developing a relevant area of special interest (eg application of STPP, consultation re CLA).
  • Experience of contributing to Service development.
SKILLS Essential
  • Highly developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to convey highly complex and clinically sensitive information to service users and to a range of professionals within and outside the NHS.
  • Capacity to communicate clearly with analytic and non-analytic colleagues.
  • Well-developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychoanalytic methods of assessment, intervention, and management in work with children, young people, parents/carers, and families
  • Highly developed skills in co-working, liaison, and consultation with others.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team context
  • Ability to assess risk, manage risk and make complex judgment about risk issues
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds cultures and ethnicity from one's own.
  • 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 aggression and communicate in situations in which there may be barriers to the acceptance of communications
  • Capacity to prioritise complex tasks and organise workload to meet Service User and Team needs.

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