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Highly Specialist Child Psychotherapist

West London NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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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 (Band 8a) Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist on a part time (7 sessions, 0.7 WTE).

For the 8a Highly Specialist post, we are looking for achildand adolescent psychotherapist with a broad range of experience, including experience of working with children and families who present with a high levelofcomplexity 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.

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. You will receive regular supervision and line management from the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. There are excellent opportunities for professional development.

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.

About us

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.

We welcome enquiries about the post to Ivana Ruzic, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and CAMHS Head of Child Psychotherapy 0208 483 1979

Job description Job responsibilities

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
Experience Essential
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development as recommended by the ACP.
  • Knowledge of research methodology.
Personal Essential
  • Must be able to contain anxiety without recourse to premature action.
  • Personal experience of Psychoanalysis
  • Has a good judgement about when to act to ensure safety.
  • Works independently but can involve colleagues appropriately
  • Continues to think clearly in situations of high level of emotion and stress.
  • Can process own emotional reactions as possible information about the patient's or family's emotional state.
  • Contains and works with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Familiar with and works within ACP's Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Work autonomously within overall framework of policies and procedures.

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