Family & Systemic Psychotherapist

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 a year Per annum inclusive pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

Are you an experienced and enthusiastic Family Therapist with an interest in paediatric, chronic and life limiting health conditions? If so, this part-time post is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills by delivering family therapy based at GOSH supporting families with complex needs and staff to work together to improve the health and well being of their children. This includes where there may be medical concerns, learning difficulties and psychosocial stressors.

You will be supported and supervised by the Consultant Lead Family Therapist. Your role will be to assess families jointly with the team and plan a programme for each family individually. This will require very close collaboration with the family and your colleagues, and often with other agencies such as social care, medical / health and schools. The team will be based at Great Ormond Street but may also include home and related visits. This is a part time post, 0.8 wte, 30 hours each week.

Main duties of the job

You will join a team led by Lead Family Therapist, working alongside other disciplines and colleagues . We are keen to reflect the communities that we serve and take an active and intentional approach to anti-racism and anti-discriminatory practice. We actively encourage applications from colleagues from black and minority ethnic communities as part of this as well.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role; through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

Our always values


  • GOSH Always Values

Education, training and qualifications


  • Post-graduate (Masters level) qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Post-graduate qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession
  • Registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
  • Post- qualifying training and recorded CPD experience
  • Formal training in supervision of other Family Therapists.


  • Additional qualifications with regards to the application of family and systemic psychotherapy

Skills and abilities


  • Specialist skills in the application of family therapy assessment, interventions and family therapy process relevant to patient group, specifically families where there are chronic and/or life limiting health conditions
  • Ability to work therapeutically with children, adolescents and their carers/families
  • Ability to demonstrate a positive problem solving approach
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, technical and clinically sensitive information to patients, their carers/families, and other professionals.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, including verbal abuse.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively within a range of multi-disciplinary teams.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Post first qualification experience in a CAMHS team or related area with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems.
  • Experience of working in and applying systemic ideas to work with children/families with chronic and life limiting health conditions.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration.
  • Knowledge of child development, child and adolescent mental health and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches.
  • Knowledge of the evidence base in relation to family and systemic psychotherapy and in relation to the child and adolescent mental health more generally.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and young people and child protection.


  • Experience of teaching or training.
  • Experience of presenting on family therapy to multidisciplinary audiences at conferences or other educational settings.

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