Principal Family Therapist/Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum pro rata if part time
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Sheffield Community CAMHS Team at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust as a Principal Family Therapist / Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist.

The successful candidate would be welcomed into a skilled and experienced MDT based at Centenary House, which includes a wide range of disciplines. Our team work closely together, enjoying the ability to share expertise and resources to deliver a first-class, high-quality service.

This post will provide highly specialist family systemic therapeutic interventions and contribute to other modalities and assessments. A systemic culture is well developed in the service, with this role taking an active lead in supervision and service provision. We welcome creativity and a fresh perspective.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist family systemic assessments and therapeutic interventions to children, young people & their families referred to Sheffield Community CAMHS, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To develop, co-ordinate and ensure the systematic provision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy to clients referred to Sheffield Community CAMHS.
  • To provide highly specialist advice and consultation regarding client presentations and treatment to NHS colleagues, external agencies, working autonomously within professional guidelines.
  • To take a lead in supervising the family therapy/systemic psychotherapy practice of other qualified, autonomous professionals, through live and retrospective supervision, seminars and training events and to provide clinical placements and supervision to systemic family therapy and doctoral level clinical psychology trainees, and other professionals when appropriate.
  • To propose, advise on and implement developments in practice guidelines, policies and services for the service team, CAMHS Clinical Directorate and Psychological Services particularly as these relate to systemic psychotherapy practice and service provision.
  • To lead, co-ordinate and conduct audit, service evaluation and research and development work in relation to agreed initiatives for the team, and where appropriate, the wider CAMHS Clinical Directorate.

About us

There is a large group of family and systemic psychotherapists across SCH (Community CAMHS, Inpatient CAMHS and Paediatric Psychology) and this post sits within this group and Psychological Services, alongside the MDT Team in which it is based.

The family and systemic psychotherapists meet regularly as a profession to help support CPD, professional affairs, supervision arrangements, delivery and receipt of systemic training and the staffing/ development of family therapy in the service.

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision \to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including; generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description and Personal Specification for full details of role.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Post-graduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession and demonstrable practice over a minimum of four years.
  • Masters/Doctoral level qualification in Family Systemic Psychotherapy or equivalent.
  • Registration as a systemic family therapist with the UKCP.
  • Attendance on further formal training courses and/or programmes of learning - evidence of Continuing Professional Development.


  • Registration as Clinical Supervisor by Assn for Family Therapy (AFT)
  • Clinical Supervision training



  • Minimum four years practice in relevant first profession (in Health and/or Social Care settings).
  • Minimum three years' experience of working with families using Family Systemic approaches; in child mental health settings or equivalent.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of self-harm assessments and interventions with both individuals and their families.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of providing supervision both live and retrospective.
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management.


  • Management experience
  • Experience of line managing other staff

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of systemic assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of systemic theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting.
  • Skills in professional supervision to meet UKCP requirements.
  • Skills for offering live supervision of multi-disciplinary colleagues to include highly skilled contributions to the professional development of others.
  • Skills in delivering a specialised systemic perspective to individual, team and organisational understandings of issues and events.
  • Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients.
  • Ability to multi-task while leading and supervising a systemic psychotherapy workshop: paying attention to what is happening for, a) the family and its individual members, b) the clinician in the therapy room, c) the team, if present, and d) yourself as supervisor, and requiring intense concentration over an extended period of time.
  • Skills for the ethical use a one-way screen, video recording equipment and for managing their use by and with both families and other clinicians.
  • Ability to work and maintain good professional relationships within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Masters or Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology consistent with systemic practice.
  • Well-developed skills to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an age-appropriate level (including use of play, drawing and metaphor, stories) complex, highly technical and /or clinically sensitive information to children, adolescents, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS including reports for the Courts.
  • These skills need to present whatever the working environment and especially evident when that environment is hostile or conflictual.
  • Knowledge of child development/ mental health issues.
  • Ability to work with a racially and culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working therapeutically in family homes and other community settings e.g., school.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues and strategic frameworks including The Children Act 1989, and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management.


  • Knowledge of management theories and practices

Personal Attributes


  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • oCommitment and competencies in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working.
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour. Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals, in accordance with professional ethics guidelines and Trust policies.
  • oAbility to manage working in situations of multi-level stress, e.g. client's experience of physical, sexual and emotional abuse; colleagues, organisational transitions.
  • oAdvanced video skills and the ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • oAbility to provide high quality child mental health and systemic consultations to CAMHS colleagues, partner agencies and others.
  • oAbility to contribute highly skilled input to generic team and organisational projects including leadership when required.
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