Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£59,731 to £68,829 a year pa inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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8B Lead Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist Hillingdon

We are delighted to offer a new 8B Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist post based at Hillingdon CAMHS. This is a lead post and a great opportunity to build on your experience as a senior Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist or step up to this role.

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.

A new Under 5s Service is now getting underway in Hillingdon CAMHS, so there are also opportunities for liaison with consultant child psychotherapy colleagues involved in this. All the Lead Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists across all CNWL boroughs meet monthly for supportive peer supervision.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a committed Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist with a passion for working with children, young people and their families. You will work independently and autonomously with an agreed caseload, as well as working with other psychotherapists and wider team members and/or external agencies to facilitate the best possible outcomes for children and young people. This lead role will allow opportunity to contribute specialist knowledge to the multi-disciplinary team and regular supervision to Band 7 CAPTs and an ACP trainee when placed within the team.

About us

As one of the senior members of the team, you will work alongside senior staff and contribute to the team's development, as we continue to strive to be an accessible, responsive and innovative service with patient care and patient experience at its heart. There will be opportunities to further develop your leadership and strategic skills with support from senior colleagues.

Job description Job responsibilities


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Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Honours Degree
  • Completion of an ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists) Doctoral level postgraduate clinical training in Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (4-6 years, including personal psychoanalysis)
  • Registration as a C & A Psychotherapist with the ACP
  • Continuing professional development (required by the ACP)
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of child & adolescent psychotherapy practice especially relevant to complex CAMHS
  • Training re: leadership
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified C&A Psychotherapist for a minimum of four years with 2years at a Grade 8a or equivalent
  • Extensive experience of working with children, adolescents, their families, and the professional network of relevance to their care
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for the care and treatment of service users, within the context of a multi- disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context
  • Experience of developing and delivering bespoke CAMHS training to non CAMHS professionals
  • Experience of developing and delivering clinical training to colleagues
  • Experience of the application of child & adolescent psychotherapy in different cultural contexts
  • Research interest in any topic relevant to the specific service
  • Training re: supervision
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of child& adolescent psychotherapy
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychotherapy assessment intervention and treatment, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration, in particular as applied to complex problems
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Understanding of the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • Understanding of individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • Excellent written, report writing, oral communication skills, computer skills and organisational ability
  • Ability to communicate complex and sensitive information
  • H i g h l y develop ed knowledge of the theory and practice of child & adolescent psychotherapy specific to difficult to treat groups such as LAC/ individuals suffering from complex PTSD
Personal Essential
  • Enthusiasm for delivering child & adolescent psychotherapy in a CAMHS, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by child & adolescent psychotherapy services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services
  • Ability to contain, understand and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership management skills
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviors
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi- media materials for presentation in public, professional and academic settings

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