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Child Psychotherapist (Autism Team) / M80 Deputy Course Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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Child Psychotherapist (Autism Team) / M80 Deputy Course Lead
NHS AfC: Band 8b
37.5 hours per week
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Tavistock Centre
£59,083 to £67,760 per annum (inc. HCAS)
21/10/2019 23:59


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.


Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Deputy Course Lead, Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (M80)


Band 8B Permanent 10 sessions 37.5 hours


This post offers an exciting opportunity for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with a minimum of three years post-qualified experience to combine clinical work in a specialist team for autism and learning disability, and a role in training the next generation of Child Psychotherapists.


The post-holder will take up a complex management role within the Tavistock Child Psychotherapy Training (M80), the four year doctoral programme validated by the University of Essex and accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists, the registering body for the profession. This is a senior role with deputising functions for the Course Lead, and involves a leadership role in relation to M80 staffing as well as the development and operational delivery of the training. The role also involves direct teaching, acting as tutor to Child Psychotherapy Trainees and offering highly specialized clinical supervision of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and young people presenting with complex mental health problems and high levels of emotional disturbance.


The clinical aspect of the post is based in the Child, Young Adults and Families (CYAF) Directorate, Complex Needs Service Line, within the Autism and Learning Disability (ASD & LD) team. The post-holder will be involved in: highly specialist clinical assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment with children and adolescents with diagnoses of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, with Learning Disabilities and with other Neuro-developmental disorders. The role includes acting as Service Supervisor and line manager for the trainee Child Psychotherapists in the team; supervision, teaching and consultation to practitioners both within and outside the Trust, the dissemination of specialist knowledge through teaching, publication and participation in research. There will be opportunities to develop an area of specialist interest, relevant to the work of the Autism and Learning Disability Team.


Closing Date: 21st October 2019

Interviews week commencing 28th October 2019

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Catrin Bradley, M80 Course Lead and Nina Wessels, Team Leader, Autism and Learning disability Team for further information about the post.