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Systemic Family Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a great opportunity for a highly skilled Senior Systemic Family Psychotherapists to join our well-established and experienced Community CAMHS North teams.

The post holder will need a sound knowledge and experience of the needs of young people and their families who present with a significant mental health difficulty / disorder and how to apply systemic practice in their treatment.

You will work alongside colleagues within the MDT to provide evidence-based treatment to the young people and families throughout Nottinghamshire County who present with mental ill health The MDT meet on a twice weekly basis to consider all referrals into the team discuss assessments and for complex case discussion, of which you will contribute to this and bring their systemic expertise to support the team processes and reflections.

Main duties of the job

To provide highly specialist systemic psychotherapy service to children and young people referred the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). To ensure direct specialist assessment and therapy for children, young people and families. Providing family therapy and systemic advice, consultation and clinical supervision for a range of team members.To undertake clinically relevant research/audit and specific clinical activity or lead roles that support the Team Leads in developing the service. The post holder will work within the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Community CAMHS North Team as advertised. The post requires close liaison with a broad range of other disciplines and agencies including health, education, social services, voluntary agencies, and care systems. A key aspect of this post will be to provide support through supervision and consultation to staff within the team and across other services. The post holder works autonomously within UKCP registration and Association for Family Therapy (AFT) guidance and the overall framework of the CAMHS MDT service policies and procedures.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will offer specialist assessment and treatment for young people who present with a variety of Mental Health difficulties and disorders. They will provide liaison, consultation and support to other agencies and work closely with our partners in paediatrics and inpatient CAMHS. You will be supported to take on a leadership role to ensure service development and provide leadership cover when required to support the service lead. They will offer support and supervision to more junior colleagues, students, and trainees, in return you will receive systemic supervision from colleagues within the Trust.

CAMHS in Nottinghamshire are developing an exciting Systemic Family Psychotherapy offer with opportunities to develop and access further training, such as systemic supervision. Colleagues within the Trust are offering a live training team opportunity for those currently undertaking the MSc in Systemic Family Psychotherapy. Within the Trust we have a reading group for those interested in systemic thinking and practice and now have colleagues who have completed the CYP IAPT SFP training and are contributing to the care of children, young people and their families. The service is involved in developing Family Therapy Training Posts and it is hoped that the post holder will be able to contribute to the training programme and help colleagues understand the importance of systemic thinking and practice.

Person Specification

Qualifications - Academic / Craft / Professional


  • Masters (MSc) qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT accredited equivalent (usually academic study, assessed clinical training and supervised practice including the full range of models within systemic practice and life span development).
  • UKCP registration


  • Training in other relevant therapeutic modalities
  • Leadership (qualification/recognised training
  • Qualification in clinical supervision recognised (by accrediting body)



  • Trained in delivery of clinical supervision
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • To have undertaken statutory child safeguarding training


  • Training specific to the needs of young people with a mental health disorders
  • Leadership training/qualification
  • Teaching training/qualification



  • Relevant practice in first profession plus clinical experience as above.
  • Experience of working with children, young people who have mental health difficulties/diagnoses and their families
  • Experience of working with diverse service user groups
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working in a family therapy setting or service and reflecting team approach
  • Experience of consultation and or training to primary care/ other staff supporting Children and their families


  • Experience of working across a broad range of care groups including children within the community, developmental difficulties including LD & ASD and or physical health needs
  • Experience of Leadership of teams and clinical staff
  • Experience of Clinical supervision of qualified and trainee Family Therapists/ Systemic practitioners



  • Knowledge of the theory and practices of specialist family therapies and clinical supervision as practised within the field of systemic psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of approaches or models of working relevant to CAMHS e.g., attachment models, parenting approaches
  • Knowledge of guidelines/policy informing best practice within mental health services for children and families
  • Knowledge of research and models of good practice that inform direct and indirect working
  • Knowledge of evidenced treatments when working with young people with a mental health disorder



  • Skills in using complex methods of specialist systemic assessment, formulation, intervention, and clinical management in a range of contexts frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration and maintaining a restricted position for long periods .
  • Ability to exercise autonomous responsibility making clinical judgments in highly complex, challenging and emotive situations interpreting Trust policies and working within professional guidelines
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, interpersonally, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in liaison with other agencies and in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Broad knowledge of relevant theories and practice in child development and child protection, including relevant legislation in the field of mental health, children and families
  • Developed skills in the understanding, processing and resolution of ethical issues
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice
  • Physical skills for manipulation in use of video/audio recording equipment/IT

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate at interview that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust



Doncaster rd



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