Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Solent NHS Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

The role will involve offering assessments and specialist interventions to children and young people who have a range of presenting mental health needs. We are looking for an experienced child psychotherapist who also has an interest in building a therapy team and contributing to the leadership of the CAMH Services.

This post has been developed to strengthen our therapeutic offer within CAMHS. There is a clear demand for expertise in attachment and trauma within the services and we are looking to prioritise this work. Other developments in the service include developing anxiety and low mood pathways, setting up and running a successful DBT programme, and developing a pathway of dedicated, highly skilled clinicians to work with children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders. We have a fully integrated eating disorder service for children and young people and current demand on the service has enabled clinicians from wider CAMHS to gain experience and develop specialist skills in this area. The post holder will be responsible for supervising our psychotherapy colleagues across both Portsmouth and Southampton. There will be opportunities to build the team through offering trainee placements as part of our commitment to retention of staff.

Main duties of the job

As a band 8B there is an expectation the candidate will supervise other members of the wider psychotherapy teams across Southampton and Portsmouth as well as team members from other therapies and disciplines.

We are looking for confident CAMHS professionals with a demonstrable track record of providing good quality evidence-based interventions, improving service quality with an interest in service development. This position calls for a professional with significant experience of working with children, young people and their families experiencing mental health difficulties. We are looking for a senior child psychotherapist who will share our passion to deliver the best quality care experience for children and their families. We are interested in supporting candidates developing their areas of particular interest where there is a strong service need. Experience of service development and leadership, alongside the right attitude, skills and knowledge are fundamental to this role.

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. The post holder will be supported directly by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist. We would like to recruit to a full-time position but will consider 30 hours per week.

This post requires a qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

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If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be the lead psychotherapist across the CAMHS teams within Solent, providing leadership and supervision within the professional group and organising and supporting psychotherapy trainee's on placement

To provide a high level of expertise in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young people and their families and carers, using psychotherapeutic principles and techniques

To provide psychotherapeutic input into the multi-disciplinary team and to offer consultation, supervision, and teaching to professional colleagues inside and outside of the organisation

Work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures

Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team or service

Contribute to service developments through provision of training and education, knowledge, and abilities relevant to the needs of the service and client group

Play an active role as a core member of CAMHS contributing as a Child Psychotherapist to safe and effective team working

To provide psychotherapy assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation, and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including direct and indirect structural observations, self report resources, school reports and semi structured interviews. These will be conducted with clients, family members and other professionals involved in their client's care and carried out across the full range of core settings

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychotherapeutic treatment and or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficiency across the full range of core settings

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals, carers, families, and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychotherapeutic formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses

Interventions will require collaboration and joint working with other colleagues and carers to implement and will employ use of consultation, supervision, education, advice, and support, to enable effective psychotherapeutic care to be provided

To 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, as well as the current context the client is within

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychotherapeutic based standard care plans

To provide specialist advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to client's formulation, diagnosis, and treatment plan

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychotherapeutic based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • The post holder must possess a relevant core profession and have an active registration with the relevant professional body
  • Qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training leading to advanced knowledge, skills and practice in a specific treatment modality or speciality which may or may not have been covered in pre-registration training such as adolescent psychiatry; early intervention psychosis; parent infant work, brief therapy, group therapy, work with children with disabilities, family therapy, fostering and adoption, liaison work in hospitals or education settings
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychotherapy assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families/carers where appropriate as a full member of a multidisciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatient or inpatient setting.
  • Experience of supervising and line managing other clinicians with psychotherapy backgrounds
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of children, adolescents and their families/carers across the whole age range and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Years post qualification experience of working with children, adolescents and families within a mental health setting.

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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Solent NHS Trust
Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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