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Highly Specialist Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £56,534 a year includes 5% HCAS
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Highly Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist:

Location: Redhill

Permanent/ part time 22.5 hours

Salary Band 8a

This is an exciting opportunity for an ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist to join an established team of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists in Training in the Trust.

It would suit a colleague who is keen to develop their leadership role while retaining opportunities to deliver clinical work. The CYPS component of the post is sited within the community team in Redhill and would provide a service for families in the area. The other component of the post would be joining our established PIMHS (Parent Infant Mental Health) service that is led by a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and provides support to parents and their infants up the age of 1 year.

The community team is part of Mindworks Surrey, a partnership that supports the well-being of the children and young people in Surrey. Together with our partners we deliver a targeted and specialist service, connecting and working alongside our colleagues in health, social care and education to ensure support is available at entry level from primary-mental health in schools through to urgent needs.

For an informal discussion about the job or to arrange a visit please contact Claudia Henry (Principal Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist) or Fidelis Chibwe (General Manager) on 01737 288 700.

Main duties of the job

To provide Redhill CYPS Community Team with a high quality, specialist evidence-based psychoanalytic child psychotherapy service to children, young people and their families and professional networks.

To deliver parent infant psychotherapy for the Parent Infant Mental Health Service

To case hold and provide generic work identifying the most appropriate intervention for a child or young person.

To provide highly specialist child assessment and therapy to children/adolescents with severe, complex and persistent mental health problems and their families.

To provide specialist advice and consultation regarding diagnosis and treatment to NHS colleagues and external agencies.

To work autonomously within the Association for Child Psychotherapy and Trust guidelines.

To provide supervision to CAMHS professionals including trainees, where appropriate.

To develop audit and research activities and to propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team.

All post holders working will be expected to uphold the Trusts vision and values.

The post is for 22.5 hours, ( 0.6 WTE) which is comprised of 0.5 WTE in CAMHS and 0.1 WTE in PIMHS

Interviews are scheduled to be held on 24th April 2023.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities


1) To provide a specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy assessment of clients referred to the team incorporating complex information from other professionals. To make decisions about treatment options taking into account evidence based research, theory, practice and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes which have impacted on the child and their family

2) To formulate and in collaboration with children, young people and their carers, develop and implement care plans for the assessment and treatment and/or management of the full range of children and young peoples mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence and in collaboration with young people and their carers

3) To provide highly specialist short e.g STPP or TAPP or long term psychoanalytic child psychotherapy for children/adolescents with severe, complex and persistent mental health problems and to work with parents/carers who may be vulnerable and have mental health problems, for families who may have complex and persistent problems. To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds

4)To undertake risk assessment and develop crisis and contingency plans with young people and their carers

To exercise responsibility and autonomy for the treatment and discharge of children and young people who have engaged with child psychotherapy, ensuring appropriate assessment and intervention, communicating with the referrer and others involved with the care on a regular basis

5) To act as a lead professional for clinical cases, ensuring that children and young people access the appropriate care pathways, coordinating the work of others involved with their treatment. Arranging reviews and network meetings with professional members of other agencies.

6) To provide highly specialist psychoanalytic child psychotherapy advice, guidance and consultation to young people, carers and other professionals contributing to a care plan

7) To work with babies up to the age of 1 year and their parents in the antenatal and post natal period as part of the Parent Infant Mental Health Service

8) To communicate effectively professional opinion verbally and in writing and to provide highly specialist assessment reports for Social Services, Education and other agencies as appropriate

9) To use as required a range of theoretical and practical knowledge for work with children/adolescents and their parents

10) To provide specialist consultation, advice, support and guidance to other professionals working in the service in order to maintain high standards of work with children. To make psychoanalytic child psychotherapy theory and practice accessible to clinicians and other staff members in the team

Teaching, Training and Supervision

1) To receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with Trust Clinical Governance Standards and the codes of practice and ethical guidelines of Association of Child Psychotherapy

2) To develop and maintain skills in the areas of professional teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision or consultation as appropriate to multi-disciplinary team colleagues working with children, young people, their families and professional networks

3) To undertake responsibility for the development of Trainee Child Psychotherapists as a service supervisor

4) To maintain CPD requirements in accordance with ACP guidelines

Management, Policy and Service Development

1) To develop high level skills in organisational issues and participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service

2) To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit

3) To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where child and/or organisational matters need addressing

4) To participate in staff recruitment as appropriate

5) To take part in the Trusts annual Appraisal and Performance Programme.

6) To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of child psychotherapy practice within the team

Research and Service Evaluation

1) To use theory, research and evidence based literature, e.g. NICE guidelines, to inform evidence based practice in work with children, young people and families and their networks

2) To undertake or participate in relevant clinical research, service evaluation and audit

3) To undertake and initiate project management including complex audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the services to help develop service provision


1) To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional lead and manager

2) To contribute to the development of best practice in child psychotherapy within the team by exercising the skills of a Child Psychotherapist, including the capacity for reflection and containment and the ability to bring psychoanalytic thinking to bear on an issue.

3) To maintain high standards of clinical record keeping, including electronic data entry and recording, report writing in line with professional ethical standards and a continuing adherence to the professional codes of practice of the ACP

4) To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to children generally and to mental health and child protection in particular

5) To maintain ACP registration

6) To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, team rotas and absence cover

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate Doctorate training or equivalent in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • ACP registration
  • Training in clinical supervision (desirable)
Experience Essential
  • Minimum 2 years post-qualification experience as a Child Psychotherapist
  • Have a minimum of 5 years clinical experience working with children and adolescents with complex mental health needs
  • Experience of providing effective appraisal and clinical supervision for a range of professional groups
  • Experience of supporting trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists

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