JT058981 Play Therapist (CAMHS)

Job reference: 058981

Location: Various

Job closing date: 04/08/2021

Job posted date: 07/07/2021

Salary: Band 6 (£33,072 - £40,736)

Employment type: Permanent

Job Type: Other Therapeutic

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: CAMHS

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Grampian

Band 6 – Play Therapist – CAMHS (1.0wte – permanent)

Thanks to a recent significant investment from the Scottish Government, NHS Grampian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is looking to continue to grow and develop our workforce; alongside wider exciting ongoing service evolution.


Our CAMHS team is an inclusive, values based multi-disciplinary team including Clinical and Applied Psychology, Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Clinicians, Allied Health Professionals, Nursing, Psychiatry, Admin, Business and Support staff.  Our team ethos promotes patient-centred care, efficiency and a culture that values, enables and develops our staff.

We are looking for warm, reflective, innovative individuals who want to make a difference to join us working with children, young people, their families and wider systems. We are seeking individuals that share values that are important to us – being respectful, kind, curious, collaborative, efficient, forward thinking and trauma informed – and those that embody these values in their day to day work.

We have undergone a service redesign which has formed an across the age range (0-18) service across the Grampian region, with geographically based teams (City, Shire and Moray) and a specialist CAMHS Hub.  There are excellent opportunities for a wide range of clinical experience within CAMHS (1:1 work, family work, group work, specialist workstreams and consultation), in early intervention, contributing to departmental research / audit, taking part in local and national teaching / training; and being part of a dynamic service undergoing new developments at a challenging time nationally. 

We are part of the North of Scotland regional CAMHS Tier 4 network and alongside out-patient work, we work closely alongside the regional Dudhope Young People’s In-patient Unit.  We are a test of change / roll out site for several innovative national projects.  As well as having strong regional and national links, CAMHS works collaboratively with our local partner agencies across Grampian to continue to develop and foster local Tier 1 and 2 community mental health and wellbeing supports for children, young people and their families. 

Tailored and supportive line management alongside one to one and multi-disciplinary supervision structures are in place to support professional reflection and growth.  There is an established dynamic monthly CPD programme and a local CAMHS training group driving forward staff and team development. 

Previous clinical experience of working with children and adolescents is essential.  Experience of working collaboratively with other professional groups and partner agencies is desirable, and research / audit experience will be an advantage.  We welcome applications from individuals due to qualify in the next 12 months.  This post will provide input to both of our CAMHS sites, the Links Unit in Aberdeen and the Rowan Centre in Elgin.

Grampian, located in the North East of Scotland, has a population of over half a million. The scenery across the North East is enchanting and inspiring, from beautiful coasts to the Cairngorm Mountain range. The area offers both rural and urban based leisure, cultural and sporting activities to suit a range of interests. There is easy access to airports in both Aberdeen and Inverness.  Grampian is a major centre of Education with two Universities, Aberdeen and Robert Gordon’s.

For further information please contact: Clare Brown (Play Therapist) or Dr Rachael Smith (Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Professional Lead), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Telephone 01224 550139 / gram.camhs@nhs.scot 

We look forward to hearing from you!