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Systemic & Family Psychotherapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 plus HCAS per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly skilled, passionate and committed systemic & Family Psychotherapist to join us in NELFT Team to provide a highly skilled systemic interventions to the young people of Barking and Dagenham and their families. The successful applicant will be be part of NELFT's innovative and dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for barking and Dagenham residents. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

Main duties of the job

The role is primarily to provide a specialist family therapy service to children and young people with mental health and behavioural problems across all sectors of care as part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS service.

The post holder will provide specialist assessment and therapy to service users and their families/carers and advice and consultation on their care to non-family therapy colleagues and the professional network involved in their support.

The post holder will provide generic CAMHS assessment and intervention as well as providing specialist family therapy interventions and contribute to support plans for the care of children and young people including those with learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, and looked after children.

The role will involve individual work, joint work, group work, as well as regular triage assessments.

About us

Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

COVID-19 VaccinationWe continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum).Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will provide clinical leadership, clinical supervision, specialist treatment and assessments within their professional sphere of expertise. They will be responsible for assessment, treatment and systematic outcome measurement and the extensive clinical supervision of junior clinicians within the team.

They will ensure that a high quality, timely, accessible and evidence-based service is available to all service users who need it throughout the team.

As an organization NELFT strives to deliver services within a recovery-focused and socially inclusive approach. You will work within a diverse community, developing quality services to improve the lives of local people. B& D CAMHS was ranked 5th on highest performance service nationally by the Children's Commissioner Report January, 2021.

NELFT support and encourage staff to develop professionally. In B& D CAMHS, we have a well established, rolling multidisciplinary in-house training programme. This ensures staffs are adequately supported in acquiring the appropriate skills required to deliver high quality evidence-based care and support to children, young persons and their families. We also encourage and support external personal, professional development.

The successful candidate will use their evidence based clinical skills to support young children and adolescent withmental illness. You will work within an experienced and established integrated team, delivering meaningful outcomes for our young children, adolescent and families /carers.

Person Specification

Meets all essential criteria


  • Masters qualification in Family Therapy / Systemic Psychotherapy ? Application form Certificates Current registration with AFT and UKCP
  • Prior professional training and qualification
  • Experience of working with children and families with mental health and behavioural issues in a CAMFIS setting
  • Experience of consulting with safeguarding professionals and involvement in making safeguarding referrals
  • Experience of working in a MDT and awareness of issues for internal and external professional networks
  • Ability to be a constructive, collaborative and flexible team worker with an ability to work in different roles and contexts
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively highly complex and sensitive matters to patients, which give rise to psychological distress


  • Experience of being responsible for a caseload and making decisions on treatment, care plans, and discharge
  • Experience of working with neurodevelopmental disorders and learning difficulties
  • Previous use of RiO
  • Experience of attending CP conferences and CIN meetings, and liaising with schools and social workers

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Child and Family Centre

79 Axe Street


IG11 7LZ

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