Specialist Clinician - Systemic Psychotherapist

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa inc HCAS pro-rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
To provide systemic psychotherapy, preferably from a core profession, to the multi-disciplinary Fostering, Adoption & Kinship Care Team in the All Age Complex Mental Health directorate. This is a specialist team providing a clinical service to Looked After children and adolescents, adoptive families and children in the care of their extended families or friends either through special guardianship or kinship arrangements. We work very closely with professional networks. We provide comprehensive assessments which include psychiatric and psychological assessments, individual or family treatment.

The post-holder will be required work on Wednesdays in a busy multi-disciplinary team, which includes trainees.The post-holder will support initial assessment for one of the assessment mini-teams within FAKT, as well as undertake specialist assessment and psychological and therapeutic interventions to referred children and their carers, and offer consultation and advice to professional networks. There will also be scope for the post-holder to work on a Thursday in a similar clinical role, within the community based FAKT outreach team, located in the Bounds Green Health Centre in Haringey.

Main duties of the job

The post holder would be expected to be able to run, or committed to an interest in running, a Family Therapy Clinic for the team. The post holder would offer supervision and consultation within the team as appropriate.

o To be a member of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS Team, providing specialised systemic psychotherapeutically informed assessment and treatment to children, young people, their families and carers referred to the service. The team is multidisciplinary, with professionals qualified in psychology, social work, psychiatry, child psychotherapy and systemic psychotherapy.o To support and contribute to the work of a multi-disciplinary outreach team, including trainees, based in a community setting. The role will include supporting intake, assessment and treatment planning in the outreach team as well as taking part in assessments and offering psychological and therapeutic interventions.o To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining formulations and drawing upon systemic theory.o To act as Case Co-ordinator which involves the exercise of full responsibility and autonomy for the assessment, treatment of and discharge of clients whose problems are managed as a psychologically based care plan, communicating with the referral agent and the network involved on a regular basis. This may involve the convening of multi-professional or multi-agency meetings.

About us

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults. The Trust is committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. Our contribution is distinctive in the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people's lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health.

The Trust makes its contribution through:

Providing relevant and effective clinical services for children and families, young people and adults, ensuring that those who need our services can access them easily

Providing training and education aimed at building an effective and sustainable NHS and Social Care workforce and at improving public understanding of mental health

Undertaking research and consultancy aimed at improving knowledge and practice and supporting innovation

All members of the systemic psychotherapy discipline in the Directorate are UKCP registered systemic psychotherapists in addition to their postgraduate qualifications in nursing, social work, psychology or psychiatry.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person specification for more information on the role requirements and duties.

Person Specification



  • Masters level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • UKCP registered
  • Eligibility for registration with Health and Care Professions Council and commitment to register


  • Additional specialist knowledge equating to doctoral level or equivalent experience
  • Primary qualification in a core profession including for example, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Psychiatry
  • Registration as Systemic Supervisor with AFT



  • Experience of working in the role of Systemic Psychotherapist with children and families, including the ability to work autonomously and have significant experience relevant to the main duties of the post.
  • Evidence of ability to provide systemic thinking at multiple levels
  • Experience of work in a multiprofessional network and awareness of issues for such networks and teams
  • Experience of the application of systemic psychotherapy within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of working in fostering, adoption and kinship care
  • Experience of facilitating case review, peer support or other group


  • Experience of teaching non-systemic professionals
  • Experience of conducting research in a clinical or educational setting



  • Ability to work with different modalities which enhance systemic theory and practice
  • An ability to use systemic theory to inform the working of the team and contacts with external agencies.
  • An ability to offer systemic consultation to team members and outside agencies as required
  • An ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to convey highly complex and clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages, students and to a wide range of professional people within and outside the NHS
  • IT literate, including use of email and word processing



  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to safeguarding children, integrated working, ISA (information sharing and assessment) procedures, and use of the CAF (Common Assessment Framework)


  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in delivering, systemic training and supervision to members of the multidisciplinary team and supporting team learning
  • An awareness of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and clinical audit and the importance of developing this in order to support and promote systemic practice
  • Awareness of appropriate clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of high quality clinical practice.



  • An understanding of and commitment to the patience required for the fostering adoptive and kinship families, and the necessary adaptations to time scales, expectations, and working practice generally.
  • An understanding of the personal resilience required for the post, particularly in relation to the experiencing vulnerability, failure and disappointment in the work, on behalf one's clients and as part of the therapeutic process.

Personal Attributes (demonstrable)


  • Evidence of personal resilience and aptitude for dealing with potentially distressing and highly emotional clinical wor
  • An ability to be self-reflexive and to consider the effects of differential power in relation to working with clients, colleagues and other agencies.
  • Ability to be a constructive, collaborative and flexible team worker with an ability to work in different roles and contexts.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust


The Tavistock Clinic

120, Belsize Lane



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