Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per Annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Foundation Trust isseeking an ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (Band 8a), for CAMHS West Locality (Penzance and Redruth).

We are seeking an individual passionate about psychoanalytic thinking and motivated to use their skills in supporting children, young people, and families, as well as colleagues within the CAMHS community. We are looking for a broad range of experiences and a capacity to deliver highly skilled, multi-layered assessments and intervention; for an individual who listens to the voice of the child and advocates for them.

The successful applicant will provide a range of specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy interventions, including Short Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (STPP), medium and long-term interventions, State of Mind Assessments, specialist observations, parent work, and inter-agency consultation. There may be potential to offer more intensive work (twice or thrice weekly sessions) where clinical need arises.

An outward looking countenance, active presence and thoughtful contribution to the life of the locality team will be an important part of this role. The successful applicant will support the work of the team through assessment, care co-ordination and duty rota. They will attend their locality Multi-disciplinary Team meetings and provide supervision to colleagues interested in psychoanalytic thinking.

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly specialised Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy service to children, adolescents, and their families with complex psychological problems, both directly and through advice and consultation to other professionals, whilst working autonomously within professional guidelines and to the relevant policies and procedures. The role will involve both direct psychotherapeutic work and indirect specialist support to the team, overall CAMHS service and other agencies. Supervision and support of the assessment and psychotherapy provided by other Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment, including Trainee and Assistant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists is part of the role.

The post holder will be expected to work with complex psychological problems and distress and provide highly specialist individual, family and group assessment, formulations and intervention including Psychoanalytic State of Mind Assessment and specialist observations. It will be expected that the post holder will also provide regular supervision and consultation on client's care to non-Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist colleagues, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Current ACP registration as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
  • Evidence of undertaking training in supervision
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Managerial or supervisory responsibilities
Skills and Aptitude Essential
  • Skills in training preparation and delivery to a wide range of staff groups
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Additional training in one or more specialised areas of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy practice
Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • Experience as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, working with children in either clinical or community settings.
  • Experience of working with children and young people with severe emotional/behavioural difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's care and treatment, both as professionally qualified care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-agency care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Well developed skills in communicating effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients and families, carers and other professional colleagues.
  • Knowledge of the Children Act 1989 + 2004.
  • Analysis and evaluation of interventions.
  • Experience of working with children and young people in care.
  • Knowledge of structures and operations of Children's Services Authority.

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