Trainee Child Psychotherapist
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Lewes

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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides health and social care services across a variety of care settings in and across Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Medway, and London. We aim to realise the potential of everyone who uses its services and to enable staff and bank workers to do a great job; we believe great things are possible if we never give up.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for 4 trainee Child Psychotherapists to join the CAMHS services in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commencing in September 2014. The posts will be based in the CAMHS teams in Worthing, West Sussex; Lewes & Ouse Valley, East Sussex; Maidstone, West Kent and Havant, Hampshire. Each vacancy has been advertised seperately on NHS jobs, please check the location when applying.

These posts will offer scope for working with children and young people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties. To commence in post September 2014 applicants need to be eligible and accepted onto the 4 year clinical training (Doctorate programme) at a child psychotherapy training institution recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). Additionally for a Sussex post there would be the opportunity for consideration of applicants who are due to begin their final year of pre-clinical training in September 2014 for a delayed start in post to September 2015 (subject to acceptance onto the clinical training). A successful applicant could be offered a bursary contribution for their final pre-clinical year.

The posts offer opportunities for trainees to work in lively multi-disciplinary team environments with varied referrals and clinical opportunities, focusing on individual work with children and young people, but to include some parent, family and group work. There will be scope for brief and intensive interventions, specialist assessments, consultations and research projects.

Child Psychotherapy is a growing profession within Sussex Partnership Trust and the Child Psychotherapy team across the Children & Young People’s Division provides excellent support, regular meetings and supervision. The Trust is pleased to offer these training posts as part of our commitment to providing Child Psychotherapy as a key modality in our Tier 3 and specialist CAMHS Services for children and young people as part of our ongoing workforce planning.

The contract for the post is full time at Band 6, fixed term for 4 years for the duration of the clinical training only. The training package also includes day release to attend training and a generous annual contribution to psychoanalysis fees and travel costs.
Applicants may express an interest in one or all of the posts.

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th May, and interviews will be held together in Brighton on Friday 13th June 2013.

For further details, enquiries and to arrange an informal visit please contact:
West Sussex: - Jo Russell - 07920544839 (and delayed start opportunity)
East Sussex: - Eve Ashley - 07889530213
Hampshire: - Val Forster – 02392 224560
West Kent: - Mary Penwarden – 01322 299900

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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.

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