Due to on-going investment, a structure review and subsequent expansion of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Team within West London CAMHS, an excitement opportunity has arisen for a child and adolescent psychotherapist to join Hounslow Tier 3 CAMHS as a Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist on a part time (7 sessions, 0.7 WTE).
For the 8a Highly Specialist post, we are looking for a child and adolescent psychotherapist with a broad range of experience, including experience of working with children and families who present with a high level of complexity and require skilled and multi-layered assessments and intervention. You will provide psychotherapy assessments and specialist psychotherapy treatment including Short Term Psychotherapy (STPP) and parent work, alongside more generic clinical work.
The needs of young people and families will be at the centre of thinking about the service, and you will work together with service users and colleagues to ensure that the service best meets the needs of its population. Hounslow is a culturally diverse borough and you will be involved in ensuring that the service is accessible and effective.
Child and adolescent psychotherapists working currently working at specialist level (band 7) are welcome to apply and the post would be equally suitable for somebody with experience working at 8a already, but who wishes to take on a new challenge.
Main duties of the job
The post would be suited to someone who is passionate about delivering high quality and effective services with young people and families, as well as an interest in supervision, and working with multidisciplinary and multi-agency colleagues on some of the challenges facing mental health services for children and young people.
You will offer an efficient, effective and comprehensive child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy service to children and young people with severe, complex and persistent mental health problems and their families/careers, and liaise effectively with other CAMHS colleagues and others in the network supporting the young person.
Furthermore, you will offer highly specialist supervision and consultation to staff within the Hounslow CAMHS service and to staff of related agencies, including a child psychotherapy trainee on placement, and will promote the discipline and practice of child psychotherapy in the Hounslow CAMHS team.
West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.
Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.
We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.
We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.
We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.
Job description Job responsibilities
Hounslow CAMHS is a borough-located service, and operates as part of a wider three-borough CAMHS service, including Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham, within West London NHS Trust. The service prides itself in thinking and implementing creative and innovative ways of delivering care, and there are opportunities to be involved in quality improvement projects, audit and research.
Hounslow CAMHS is supportive and welcoming team with a well-established psychotherapy discipline. The service consists of a Child and family team, Adolescent team and a Neurodevelopmental team. All three teams are multi-disciplinary, including psychiatry, nursing, family therapy, child psychotherapy, psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as CAMHS practitioners.
There are also two tri-borough teams for young people with eating disorders and who are experiencing a crisis, that serve Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham. A range of therapeutic approaches are offered within all teams, individual and group, including EMDR, NVR, CBT, systemic family interventions and child and adolescent psychotherapy. Child and adolescent psychotherapy is highly valued within Hounslow CAMHS and the plan is for further expansion in the next few years.
The service proudly made a rapid transition to delivering online interventions during the pandemic and you will have the opportunity to work flexibly in this role, combining days of coming into the base and face to face work, with telemedicine and online meetings.
You would be joining a welcoming child and adolescent psychotherapy team in West London who are committed to service improvement, staff well-being, and who value diversity in our workforce. We have good links with the training courses and offer placements to trainees within our service.
Please see attached job description and person specification.
Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
- Good relevant honours degree, or a recognised equivalent.
- Other related professional qualification or equivalent.
- Postgraduate accredited training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
- Eligibility for full membership of Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP).
- Keyboard skills (physical skills)
- Other related academic qualification to Masters or Doctorate level.
- Pre-qualification professional experience with children, adolescents and families (eg clinical/educational psychology, teaching, social work).
- Substantial experience of work with complex family situations where there is a threat of abuse and breakdown.
- Substantial experience of work with parents and infants at high risk.
- Substantial experience of clinical and service related supervision and consultation.
- Substantial experience in working in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, multi-cultural context.
- Substantial experience of work with therapeutic groups of children.
- Substantial experience of work with families where the parents are mentally ill.
- Substantial experience of professional teaching and training.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients, staff, administrators and managers about highly complex and sensitive matters in situation of potential conflict or psychological/emotional pain, and where mental health problems affect relationships
- Capacity to listen to other points of view effectively about highly complex issues through reports, publication or public presentation.
- Good level of analytic skills and understanding of unconscious processes and their impact on the individual, group and institutional processes.
- Ability to remain still and maintain intense concentration in clinical settings with children, adolescents, parents/carers and families where there may be high level of distress, verbal and physical aggression or chaotic activity.
- Ability to integrate available highly complex clinical information into a coherent formulation and to apply it in treatment and clinical management.
- Ability to monitor and assess risk and act accordingly.
- Good knowledge of relevant theories, practices and research in the field of child and adolescent development and psychotherapy and ability to apply them to relevant work situations.
- Specialist areas of knowledge based on further training and experience.
- Writes clear records and observes policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Ability to plan and organise own workload and time.
- Ability to plan, co-ordinate and organise aspects of service activities
- IT and internet research skills.
- Ability to conduct audit and research.
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to plan, evaluate, monitor and develop services.
- Knowledge of adult mental health problems.
- Evidence of continuous professional development as recommended by the ACP
- Knowledge of research methodology.
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