Principal Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be!

We have developed an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and are now looking to appoint enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated locality and county-wide professional teams. Come and join us in beautiful Devon!

As a large community service, you will be joining a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This provides a real sense of professional collaboration at work, that will be an asset to your daily work, your career development and your support network.

We are excited to be advertising for a full-time Principal Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (8b) to work in our Managing Mood, Emotions and Relationships Pathway in Exeter.

In addition to the Exeter multi-disciplinary team work, the role will include cross-county responsibilities taking forward the clinical leadership of the pathway, alongside Principal Psychological Therapy colleagues in the other two localities and professional leadership responsibilities for our strong and growing group of Family and Systemic Psychotherapist across CFHD.

We would love to hear from experienced colleagues who can bring advanced level clinical thinking and formulation, skills in supervision and consultation and compassionate leadership to this pathway and service at an exciting time of development.

Main duties of the job

As a Principal Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead, you will work jointly with Operational and Psychiatry Leads in your Pathway, as well as providing professional leadership and lead contributions to service developments across CFHD. Family and Systemic Psychotherapy is highly regarded in CFHD and we are excited to bring an additional senior colleague into the service.

You will bring advanced clinical skills to offer complex assessment, formulation, intervention and consultation. You will bring strong clinical supervision skills and leadership capabilities that enable you to support colleagues as well as lead strategic development work. You will have proven experience working positively with inter-agency colleagues. You will have a have a vision for high quality clinical services and be able to enhance the skills and practice of those around you.

There will be CPD opportunities specific to your pathway and to further progress your leadership capabilities.

There is a strong and friendly network of Family and Systemic Psychotherapists in CFHD and across Devon, enjoying shared CPD and professional support. We also have excellent links with the University of Exeter who offer a range of systemic courses. We have been an IAPT provider for many years.

We encourage interest from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

We are able to consider applications for part time as well as full time roles, please note this on your form.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health which are provided by Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification .

In the Managing Mood, Emotions and Relationships Pathway Family and Systemic Psychotherapists work within a strong multi-disciplinary team, providing assessments and therapy to children with complex and enduring mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety-based disorders and Trauma. The multi-disciplinary teams are diverse including; Systemic Psychotherapists, Clinical Psychologists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, CBT Therapists, Psychiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists and Mental Health Practitioners from a range of backgrounds including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Creative Therapies. This offers the opportunity for rich and nourishing shared clinical thinking and support

You will be a qualified and registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist with notable post-qualifying experience, passion and strengths for working with children, young people and their families. You will have strong clinical leadership skills, bringing a compassionate framework to join others in leading forward this pathway.

You would work with children, young people and families to understand their experiences and presenting concerns in order to provide an appropriate evidence-based intervention. You would provide consultation to multi-disciplinary colleagues and work closely with inter-agency partners as required.

You would provide supervision to Family and Systemic Psychotherapists and other colleagues as appropriate as well as further support the development of others through training. There will also be the opportunity to engage with, and lead, areas of service development and research as well as wider activities to support developing leadership skills.

You will be committed to service user participation and collaborative working with children, young people, parents, carers and families. You will have a good understanding of safeguarding across the lifespan.

You will be a reflective practitioner with strengths to bring to a multi-disciplinary team. You will have advanced skills and knowledge to support the development of others through supervision, consultation and training.

Person Specification



  • Masters level qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy plus specialist post-qualification training to Doctorate level, or Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Active registration with the UKCP as a Systemic and Family Therapist
  • Post qualification training in supervision.
  • Post qualification specialist therapy/assessment training relevant to children and young people
  • Post qualification training or proven equivalent experience in leadership or management



  • Experience of delivering effective evidence-based, outcomes-informed psychological therapy interventions with children, young people and families, including risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including shared decision making and the use of both clinician and patient rated outcome measures
  • Experience of working collaboratively within multi-disciplinary services and across organisational boundaries
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of child mental health problems, across the whole age range, reflecting all levels of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • Experience of obtaining service user feedback and data to improve outcomes and services
  • Experience in teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring the safety of young people in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience of using an equality and diversity framework in clinical, supervisory and leadership practice
  • Experience of initiating, chairing, attending and contributing to multi-professional and inter-agency meetings.
  • Experience of working as an autonomous individual, taking on responsibility, making decisions and seeking support as needed.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision, undertaking appraisals, developing job plans, recruitment, managing performance, absence and staff development.
  • Experience of leadership in the context of multi-disciplinary services
  • Experience of engaging a range of stakeholders, including service users in designing and delivering change and improving services
  • Experience of developing and implementing strategies

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Highly developed ability to integrate complex clinical information into a coherent formulation and share this with others including service users and professionals
  • The ability to work as an autonomous senior clinician, make decisions under pressure and seek support as appropriate.
  • Ability to review, analyse and report on key data relating to the clinical performance, clinical outcomes, service evaluation, clinical capacity or activity
  • Frequent requirement to travel across Devon
  • Ability to deal with challenging and highly emotional clinical work, to contain emotions with resilience and self-awareness and support others to do likewise

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