Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist - Band 7

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
South Harrow
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc pro rata
Closing date
15 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist Harrow CAMHS - Band 7

We are delighted to offer a Band 7 Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist post based at Harrow CAMHS. This post is a great opportunity for newly qualified or early career child and adolescent psychotherapists who are passionate about working with young people and their families. Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust is a prominent mental health trust offering high quality children's mental health services across 5 boroughs of London. The Trust supports staff wellbeing, reflective practice and monthly team reflective groups in CAMHS teams. The contribution of child & adolescent psychotherapy as part of the MDT is valued in the Trust.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy service to children and young people with mental health problems across all sectors of care as part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team. Providing specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and therapy to service users and their families/carers and advice and consultation on their care to non-psychotherapist colleagues and the professional network involved in their support. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. They will utilise research skills for audit to support policy and service development; and undertake research within the area served by the service and of relevance to young people their families and carers.

The post holder will provide generic CAMHS assessment and intervention as well as providing specialist psychotherapeutic interventions and contributing to specialist support plans for the care of children and young people who are looked after. They will contribute to highly specialist assessments of children with complex mental health presentations.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care in a community setting or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our young persons, colleagues, teams and the Trust.

With every new employee we are hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career. With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, emotional disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Enhancement Treatment, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Provide specialist psychotherapeutic assessments of children and young people referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.
  • Formulate and implement plans for the formal treatment and/or management of the child/young persons problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings
  • Be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, grounded in the principles and techniques of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. These will include long and short term interventions as appropriate to need
  • 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.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • Contribute directly and indirectly to a framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all children and young people of the service, across all settings and agencies serving children and young people with learning disabilities and mental health problems/challenging behaviour.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and young people.
  • Act as case worker, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of CAMHS care plans including children and young people, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • Communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people under their care and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary care.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Masters level preclinical training at an Association of Child Psychotherapists recognised training school; - post graduate doctoral level training in clinical child psychotherapy at a training school accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapy or Association of Child Psychotherapists Statement of Equivalence
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in relevant fields in health, social care or education settings
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their parents as a full member of a multidisciplinary team located in community, primary care, outpatient or inpatient setting.
  • Experience of working in different CAMHS Tiers.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychotherapeutic assessment, intervention and management.
  • Knowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education Structures, National policies and frameworks.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to teach and train others and present the work of child psychotherapists within public, professional and academic settings

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