Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Highly Specialised Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist 0.5WTE

We are looking to recruit a specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with an interest in supporting families experiencing difficulties with the parent-infant relationship. The post will be based in the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Early Attachment Service and provide therapeutic support to families from conception to age 2. The post holder will have experience assessing and offering interventions around relationship difficulties, managing risk and working in a community setting. In addition to therapeutic work, the service offers training, consultation and supervision to the local workforce, including the adult mental health, health visiting, voluntary sector (Dad Matter's and Homestart), maternity, social care and children's centres.

This is an exciting time to join our friendly and compassionate team as we hoping to grow our service over the next few years to extend our reach and accessibility to more families with infants.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as a highly specialist psychotherapist developing and implementing a community based therapeutic service to parents to be, infants, children and their families with a particular focus on under 2's, early intervention, the prevention of high risk and vulnerable families. They will provide assessment and treatment of parents/carers and infants and their families grounded in the principles and techniques of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The training and strategic development aspect of the role involves acting as a specialist resource and contributing to multi-agency training of relevant professionals across HMR. The post holder will be expected to offer consultation and clinical supervision to professional colleagues.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester- Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

Our ambition is to maximise people's potential and we aim to promote an inclusive environment and improve the diversity of our workforce so our people truly represent the communities we serve.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Delivery of Under 2s psychotherapy service provision within the parameters of child and adolescent mental health, in a multiagency
  • To provide specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy assessment for Under 2s who may be experiencing severe, highly complex and persistent mental health difficulties and to make decisions about treatment options taking into account relevant evidence based research, theory, practice and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
  • To formulate and implement plans for therapeutic intervention and management from the point of referral, grounded in the principle and techniques of psychoanalytic
  • To develop specialist provision for the parents of infants and young children using models of practice employed within other Under 2s
  • To provide specialist expertise in psychoanalytic principles and techniques through advice and consultation to other members of the PIMH service and colleagues within the
  • Post-holder will be expected to hold and work their own caseload within the context of the PIMH
  • To be part of the PIMH Duty rota providing appropriate information, advice, support, consultation to a range of professionals, and families during working hours.
  • To actively participate in PIMH weekly presentation, referral, CPD and business
  • To attend and contribute as an independent clinician to multidisciplinary and multi-agency meetings as
  • To ensure appropriate liaison with professionals from external
  • To participate in the audit and evaluation of clinical work and the service as a
  • To contribute to the development of best evidence based practice within the
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility based on the Code of Professional and Ethics of the Association of Child
  • To be involved in PIMH service development as
  • To work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team and communicate effectively regarding parents, infants and young
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients and manage a caseload in line with the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the Association of Child
  • To assist in the management of the PIMH caseload across HMR, as
  • To produce reports on families, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of assessment, formulation and treatment outcome in a way which does justice to the complexity of the problems described; which takes account of confidentiality; and in a way which is understandable to the recipients of the
  • To participate in regular line management supervision
  • In collaboration with others, to contribute to the development of Under 2s PIMH service across
  • Under the direction of the HMR PIMHS Clinical Lead contribute to development and planning of Under 2s service in PIMH and CAMHS Service.
  • To communicate and work with other staff and agencies including CAMHS, adult mental health, early years, education, children social services and voluntary sector agencies, to provide an integrated and accessible service for Under 2s.
  • To contribute to pre and post qualification training and supervision for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists where
  • To provide as appropriate specialist clinical supervision or case consultation for professional trainees of related professions and for professionally trained members of the
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with parents, infants and young children across a range of agencies and settings

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Doctorate level qualification as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist as recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists. Full membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Experience of working with patient groups presenting high levels of complexity, including infants, young children and families.
  • Experience in psychotherapy assessment and therapeutic work with infants and young children and their families/ parents/carers with a full range of presenting problems.
  • Evidence of awareness of parental mental health in relation to infant/child mental health matters. Evidence of clinical supervision
  • Skills in the use of psychoanalytical methods of assessment, intervention and management in work with infants, and young children and families.
  • Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Training
  • Experience of working in CAMHS and/or with infants and young children, prior to training as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.
  • Experience and knowledge of the developmental issues of under 2s

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