Systemic Family Therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Inclusive of 5% High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

View more

Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Surrey-Wide Specialist Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People provides care and support to people up to 18 years of age in their local communities. We offer accessible multi-professional assessment and treatment services for children and young people with eating disorders registered in Surrey. We are looking to recruit one or more Systemic Family Therapists to the team. You will be joining an established and supportive team of specialist clinicians and therapists.

The post holders will provide a highly specialist Systemic Psychotherapy which will be based on specialist knowledge about helping young people and their families with eating disorders. These are exciting roles, and we are looking to recruit a Band 7 post which would suit a newly qualified systemic psychotherapist. We have an experienced band 8a Psychotherapist who will support with supervision and development.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with the Service Manager, Professional Lead and the Family Therapy Lead to support the full implementation of Family Therapy for our service users and parents/carers following NICE Guidelines for Eating Disorders. You will also support any Family Therapy Trainees within EDS. There is the hope that the successful candidate or candidates will set up a Family Therapy Team and Screen and supervise Family therapy students.

We currently treat all young people presenting with Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Due to the 2016 NHSE Access and Waiting Times Guidance for Eating Disorders , we have developed additional pathways to ensure more timely delivery of evidenced based psychological therapies for all of our children and young people. These new posts will enhance that remit. The team is very well established and performing to an outstanding level.

It is essential that you are a car driver and have use of a car as you will be required to attend relevant meetings for your clients. Training and research opportunities are available, and we have strong links with the Adult ED Team.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB DESCRIPTION / COMPETENCY PROFILE Job Title Highly Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist Pay band/Grade Band 7 Directorate CYPS Job Description ReferenceED CYPS Band 7- Full or part time considered My job makes better lives by providing effective specialist assessment and treatment for children and families with Eating Disorders. Job Overview (Band 7): This post is suitable for a newly qualified Systemic Psychotherapist. Some CAMHS and/ or Eating Disorders experience would be desirable but not essential. The successful applicant would preferably have experience in the assessment and treatment of children and young people with mental health issues. To provide timely assessment of children and young people who are referred to he specialist Eating Disorders Team and provide care planning and support for their care and create individualised treatment plans. Deliver on the following key area and lead team functioning with particular focus on the following areas: To provide high quality, specialist evidence-based systemic family therapy assessment and treatment to children and adolescents with eating disorders and their families and professional networks. To work autonomously within the Association Family Therapy (AFT), UKCP and Trust guidelines. To support audit and research activities and to propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team. To support on outcomes and research with the 8a Clinical Psychologist and 8b Family Therapist and be fully cognisant in the NHSE Access and Waiting Times Targets and production of Outcomes Reports for NHSE, CCGs and SABP. Through Triage, and close liaison with the Single Point of Access team, provide, early identification, management, assessment and intervention for CYP with eating disorders following AWT guidance. Qualifications required Driving License suitable for use in the United Kingdom and use of a car. Current or imminent successful completion of an MA in Systemic Family Psychotherapy. Current or imminent Registration with UKCP. Current or imminent registration with AFT. Experience required Minimum of 1 years post graduate experience working in the field of child and adolescent Mental Health. Experience working with eating disorders is preferable. Suitable for someone who Is passionate about developing and providing high quality, evidence-based care and treatment to young people with eating disorders and their families. Clinical: 1)To provide a specialist systemic assessment of clients referred to the team incorporating complex information from other professionals. To make decisions about treatment options taking into account evidence based research, theory, practice and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes which have impacted on the child and their family 2)To provide highly specialist short or long term systemic therapy for children/adolescents with severe, complex and persistent mental health problems, for parents/carers who may be vulnerable and have an eating disorder, for families who may have complex and persistent problems, for children/adolescents and their parents. To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds 3)To exercise responsibility and autonomy for the treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed within the CED Service, ensuring appropriate assessment, interpretation and intervention, communicating with the referrer and others involved with the care on a regular basis 4)To provide systemic advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing to a treatment plan 5)To effectively communicate professional opinion verbally and in writing and to provide highly specialist assessment reports for Social Services, Courts and Solicitors as required 6)To use as required a range of theoretical and practical knowledge for work with children/adolescents and their parents 7)To provide specialist systemic consultation, advice, support and guidance to other professionals working in the service in order to maintain high standards of work with children. To make SFT theory and practice accessible to clinicians and other staff members in the team 8)To act autonomously as Care Coordinator and/or Lead professional, as required, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of care plans including patients, their family, carers, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care. This includes organising case conferences and professional network meetings where appropriate 9)To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information, including assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and to monitor progress during the course of uni and multi-disciplinary treatment 10)To work in accordance with CEDS objectives by adhering to Trust policies deploying risk assessment thinking and practice in clinical work, ensuring written records are up to date and attending and contributing a child view in case discussions and team meetings 11)To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group 12)To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals. 13)To support the re-implementation and facilitation of a Team and Screen interventions for suitable families. Teaching, Training and Supervision 1)To receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with Trust Clinical Governance Standards and the codes of practice and ethical guidelines of Association of Systemic Family Therapy. 2)To develop and maintain skills in the areas of professional teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision or consultation as appropriate to multi-disciplinary team colleagues working with patients, their families and professional networks 3)To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate training 4)To provide advice, consultation and training to other members of the multi- disciplinary teams and for staff working the client group across a range of services and agencies, where appropriate 5)To maintain CPD requirements in accordance with SFT guidelines Management, Policy and Service Development 1)To develop skills in organisational issues and participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service 2)To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit 3)To participate in staff recruitment as appropriate 4)To take part in the Trusts annual Appraisal and Performance Programme. 5)To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of Systemic Family Psychotherapy practice within the team Please note that Use of vehicle and (current driving license) for work is essential NHS Competency Level Personal Competencies (4 is the highest level competency) Communication 4 Interpersonal Sensitivity 3 Personal and People Development 3 Courage 3 Health, Safety and Security 2 Teamwork 3 Service Improvement 3 Quality 3 Equality and Diversity 3 IT Skills 3 Treat People Well Statutory Requirements Create Respectful Places HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist Involve not Ignore Open, Honest and Accountable

Person Specification



  • MA in Systemic Family Psychotherapy
  • Registration with UKCP
  • Registration with AFT
  • Current driving license for work is essential


  • Minimum of 1 year post graduate experience working in the field of child and adolescent Mental Health.
  • Experience working with eating disorders is preferable

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Meadows Day Hospital - EDCYPS

West Park Hospital (Noble Park) Horton Lane



KT19 8PB

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert