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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Band 8a

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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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The Ashlea Centre
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum
Salary period
31/12/2021 23:59

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside.

We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

Situated near two thriving cities in Liverpool and Manchester, CWP operates from 66 sites across Cheshire and Merseyside, including Wirral, Chester, Winsford, Crewe, Macclesfield, Sefton and Trafford.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running and committed to delivering person centred care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated CWP as ‘Good’ overall, ‘better’ for treatments and ‘Outstanding’ for care.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you. 

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care.

Visit our ‘Working for us’ pages at www.cwp.nhs.uk to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

Job overview

Wirral Community CAMHS are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and flexible ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

Wirral Community CAMHS sits within The Children, Young People and Families Care Group of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The Service comprises an Access Service (including Primary Mental Health and Mental Health in Schools provision), 0-18 Team (Multi-disciplinary team for children and young people who present with moderate to severe Mental Health Difficulties, including an Eating Disorders Team & YOT worker), LD CAMHS Team, Neurodevelopmental Team, and an Intensive Support Team (for CYP with Autism). An Urgent Support Team (for managing crisis and risk) is in development.

Main duties of the job

There is a small Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Team which offers direct assessments and brief, short term and long term psychotherapy, for clients from the 0-18 team and LD CAMHS Team, together with parent/carer work and psychodynamic family work. Alongside this, there is the opportunity to offer reflective practice and consultation across elements of the Service, and there is potentially scope to develop an area of interest in line with Service need (e.g. STPP or consultation regarding looked after and adopted Children).

The Service offers placements to Clinical Trainees from NSCAP and part of the postholder's responsibilities will be likely to include holding the role of Service Supervisor. There is support for Service Supervisors to attend the CPD group facilitated by NSCAP where appropriate.

Child Psychotherapy is an established and respected element of Service provision. Other therapies represented in the Service include CBT, DBT, EMDR, IPT-A and Systemic Family Therapy.

Working for our organisation

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you. 

Visit our ‘Working for us’ pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone.  We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.  We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide ‘Outstanding for Care’ (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours which are ‘the 6 Cs’ Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment.  A ‘Guide to completing your application form’ can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?’ Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.  Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached “Update Service Applicant Guide” document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Postgraduate diploma or Masters degree (pre-clinical training as recognised by Association of Child Psychotherapists).
  • Professional qualification as a Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist as recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapist (Doctorate level training equivalent).
  • Full Membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. (up to date full membership of ACP to be maintained).
Desirable criteria
  • Post qualification training in Clinical Supervision.


Essential criteria
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of child and adolescent psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic theories and models of development, psychopathology, family and institutional dynamics, and models of intervention and practice.
  • A good amount of postqualification experience of assessment/intervention with young people (and their families, parents/carers) in a CAMHS (or equivalent) setting
  • Ability to function independently as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist within a Team
  • Experience of psychoanalytic assessment and therapeutic work with difficult, disturbed, and challenging children and young people (and their families, parent/carers) requiring skilled and complex psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Experience of working in the role of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with Children and Adolescents presenting severe and complex difficulties
  • Experience of working with professional networks and awareness of issues for networks and teams.
  • Experience of providing consultation and support to other professionals in Health, education and/or Social Services.
  • Significant experience of presenting clinical child psychotherapy within the context of multidisciplinary and multi-agency treatment and care
  • High level ability to communicate effectively (in written and verbal forms) complex, technical and clinically sensitive information to children, young people and their carers and families, and a wide range of professionals within and outside of CAMHS
  • Knowledge of legislation and national guidance in relation to the needs of children and young people and to mental health (including safeguarding procedures) and it’s implications for clinical practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of designing and implementing audit.
  • Experience of supervising and/or facilitating the development of trainees or junior colleagues.
  • Post qualification experience in developing a relevant area of special interest (eg application of STPP, consultation re CLA).
  • Experience of contributing to Service development.


Essential criteria
  • Highly developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to convey highly complex and clinically sensitive information to service users and to a range of professionals within and outside the NHS.
  • Capacity to communicate clearly with analytic and non-analytic colleagues.
  • Well-developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychoanalytic methods of assessment, intervention, and management in work with children, young people, parents/carers, and families.
  • Highly developed skills in co-working, liaison, and consultation with others
  • Capacity to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team context.  Ability to assess risk,
  • Ability to assess risk, manage risk and make complex judgment about risk issues.
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds cultures and ethnicity from one’s own
  • Ability to cope with stressful interpersonal situations, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and thethreat of physical aggression and communicate in situations in which there may be barriers to the acceptance of communications.
  • Capacity to prioritise complex tasks and organise workload to meet Service User and Team needs.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Paula Land
Job title
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
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0300 3033157