Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Are you a child psychotherapist with post qualifying experience who would welcome the opportunity to work in the southwest in the beautiful city of Salisbury?

If you are passionate about offering psychotherapy leadership in a well-established and dedicated CAMHS team then we would welcome your application. You would be joining an experienced and well led team in Salisbury based in Salisbury District Hospital.

Psychotherapy is valued within Oxford Health and in Banes, Swindon and Wiltshire we have 9 child psychotherapists and 5 trainees across the 5 CAMHS teams and we meet annually with our counterparts in Oxford and Buckinghamshire, so you would be joining a strong network of child psychotherapists who meet regularly to think about our work. This would be an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to progress into a Band 8a role as we would support you with supervision from a Consultant Child Psychotherapist as well as the opportunity to do the supervisors course if needed

Main duties of the job

You will be part of an experienced and reflective multi-disciplinary team offering generic and specialist assessments and treatment as well as providing complex case consultations. As well as individual child psychotherapy, we also offer parent child relationship focused interventions, parent infant psychotherapy and STPP.

You will receive regular clinical and management supervision within an environment that values the mutual support and skills of team members. Oxford Health has a strong training culture and we have a trainee in each of our CAMHS teams, the successful applicant would take responsibility for her service supervision. If this is your first time as a service supervisor, we are happy to support you to step into this role and will provide supervision and access to training if needed

Oxford Health delivers the Thrive model to children and young people aged 0-18 years who present with a wide range of mental health difficulties. Oxford Health are a progressive trust who are often at the forefront of new service developments across the South West.

About us

The Salisbury team, nestled in the stunning cathedral city has good road and rail links to London, Bath and Bristol, we also support hybrid working.
  • We are currently devising a Training Strategy to ensure all clinicians at every band have the CAMHS specific training they need to enable them to confidently do their role.
  • We are developing an ambitious and diverse rolling training program ranging from Trauma, gender concerns through to complex risk management.
  • As a new starter you would be part of our induction program and have the opportunity to undertake the many trainings on offer.
  • The trust has a strong research culture and the Salisbury team are excited to be part of a large RCT (randomised control trial ) with The Anna Freud Centre researching the effectiveness of MBT-C with 6-12 year olds. The post holder would have the opportunity to be part of this study.

Please see link for our BSW recruitment video which will introduce you into some of our staff

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Applicants must have a full valid driving license and have access to a car for work, if necessary adjustments can be made in line with the equality act (2010)

We operate an out of hours service, but for this role you would be expected to work in office hours 9-5. Most of your appointments are likely to be offered in our recently renovated Salisbury CAMHS offices in the grounds of Salisbury District Hospital, but there will be some travelling for community and school visits, we also offer appointments and consultations on line via Teams.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Master's level pre-clinical training at a training school recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and post- graduate training at doctoral level in clinical child psychotherapy at a training school accredited by the ACP
  • Maintenance of ACP Registration
  • ACP Supervisors training
Skills & Competencies Essential
  • Advanced skills in professional supervision and an ability to deliver regular supervision to a range of professionals and psychotherapy trainees
  • Masters or Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology consistent with psychoanalytic work
  • 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
  • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Understanding of principles and methods of clinical audit, research and service evaluation
  • and service evaluation
Experience Essential
  • Sufficient experience of working as a qualified psychotherapist within an NHS CAMHS clinic
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and its effective application to the mental health problems of children and adolescents with complex disorders and diagnosis, including pervasive and severe emotional and psychological difficulties
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage competing demands / manage a caseload
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to other agencies
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Experience of supervising clinical staff
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of working with or supervising trainee psychotherapists

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