Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Remuneration: £43,742 – £50,056 per annum pro rata plus high cost area supplement
Hours: Full-time, part-time and flexible working available
Location: Redbridge

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust

The closing date is 07 February 2024

Job summary

Band 7 – Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

The Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy service in the team is highly valued. The post holder will focus on providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to our complex adolescent patients as well as younger children, including care experienced children (see job description for more details). There will be some parent/carer work expected in this role, including, at times, to work alongside our current trainees.

You must be registered with ACP in order to be eligible to apply.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an effective team member and have a commitment to collaborative working. They will actively support and liaise with other health and social care professionals, and agencies. They will receive regular clinical supervision from the Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and will be expected to attend and participate in MDT team meetings.

Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a growing discipline in the Trust at present in line with the Long Term Plan. There is a supportive cohort across the Trust, including trainees from the two London training schools, and several members are also active in the professional body (ACP). There is a fortnightly Trust-wide psychotherapy meeting on a Thursday morning that the post holder would be expected to attend.

Please get in touch for an informal discussion if you would like further information about this role or to arrange a visit. The post is advertised as full-time, but we would consider applicants who would prefer to work on a part-time basis (minimum 6 sessions). We look forward to hearing from you.

Please note: you must be registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists to be considered for shortlisting for this vacancy.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of £4,313 and a maximum payment of £5,436 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • To be a registered full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • NVQ Level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy



  • Experience of working with severely distressed children/young people and/or challenging behaviours requiring skilled and complex interventions.
  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with co-morbid difficulties and special needs. (i.e. combination of organic and emotional deficits, such as autistic spectrum disorders and trauma).
  • Experience of carrying our generic assessment with other colleagues in the multi disciplinary team.
  • Experience of interagency working
  • Experience of providing child psychotherapy in different cultural contexts.



  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with co-morbid difficulties and special needs. (i.e. combination of organic and emotional deficits, such as autistic spectrum disorders and trauma).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and adolescents and safeguarding procedures and policies.
  • Knowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education structures, national policies and frameworks, evidence based practice including NICE guidelines.
  • Knowledge of risk management and ability to monitor and assess risk and act accordingly to ensure safety.



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Highly developed ability to integrate complex clinical information into a coherent formulation.
  • Capacity to work alone, involving colleagues and manger as relevant
  • Ability to plan and organise own workload and time.


  • Evidence of personal resilience and aptitude for dealing with challenging, potentially distressing and highly emotional clinical work
  • To be able to work autonomously within the overall framework of the Trust’s policies and procedures.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


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