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Senior/ Lead Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£47,177 to £54,820 a year p.a.
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking a Senior/Lead Systemic Family Psychotherapist to join our Child and Family Mental Health Service. You will work clinically on our 10-bed adolescent inpatient unit, and provide wider professional and clinical leadership for systemic psychotherapy across the community services.

This is a part-time post of 30 hours per week with 0.5 WTE for inpatient and 0.3 community hours. The post holder is required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

Core elements include:
  • To provide high quality, highly specialised, evidence based systemic Family Therapy to individuals, their families, and carers receiving inpatient care.
  • To work as a member of a multi disciplinary team to provide assessment and interventions for individuals, and their families who have been admitted to the inpatient service.
  • To provide family therapy advice and supervision to colleagues across C-CAMH service.
  • To provide leadership for the systemic psychotherapists within the service, and to promote the role and purpose of systemic psychotherapy within Children's services.
  • To lead on the co-ordination of systemic evidence-based interventions across CAMHs and to liaise with partner agencies to support integration and collaboration across all Children's services.

We are passionate about embedding and maintaining a foundation of systemic thinking in our inpatient setting to promote stabilisation and transition for families, and to inform the clinical practice and ethos of the ward and team.

Main duties of the job

The clinical leadership focus is to promote and co-ordinate systemic practice across the community teams to ensure consistency for young people and families, and to support the systemic practitioners in the teams in their practice.

This role is also core to the clinical culture and ethos of the inpatient ward. The post holder will work alongside the wider MDT which includes Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Nursing. Together with the team, you will be a passionate champion for working systemically towards effecting positive change for young people and their families, and in identifying appropriate systemic clinical processes to meet the needs of the ward.

As a core part of the lead duties, you will provide specialist advice and consultation regarding diagnoses and treatment to CAMHS colleagues and external agencies (education, social care and voluntary sector) working autonomously within professional guidelines and within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to overall service delivery as required.

You will provide and co-ordinate supervision to qualified systemic psychotherapists and trainee systemic psychotherapists at Foundation, Masters or Doctorate degree level. You will work alongside the service Clinical Lead to support the systemic psychotherapy workforce with case management and professional development where required.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do, and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion, and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Qualification in appropriate mental health/social care profession
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Eligibility for UKCP registration. The maintenance of UKCP Registration by attendance on short or long training courses to meet CPD requirements.


  • Registration as clinical supervisor (registered with AFT or UKCP)
  • Training in an additional evidence based systemic intervention e.g. Multi-Family Group Therapy, NVR

Jobs specific experience


  • A minimum of 5 years previous experience as a systemic family therapy working with CAMHS, Eating Disorders, or Adult Mental Health.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading on a clinical initiative/service project
  • Demonstrable experience as a supervisor for newly qualified clinicians and/or trainees
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychotherapeutic care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator, and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of self-harm assessment and intervention with both individual child/adolescent, and their families.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of systemic assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations, frequently required sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of systemic theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting.
  • Have skills in audit and evaluation


  • Experience of strategic clinical leadership
  • Evidence of initiative in identifying gaps in service and putting action plans in place to remedy the gaps
  • Research Skills. Masters or Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology consistent with systemic practice.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to work with complex and distressing situations e.g. family breakdown, domestic violence, child abuse, including sexual abuse, children and young people who present a risk to themselves and others, and mental illness - mental health problems. This entails seeing family members, and their wider system in different combinations. Potentially, verbal and physical abuse from patient and/or carer - risk of agression.
  • To undertake supervision and training of other professionals in holistic integrated assessment and multi-modal theurapetic intervention with children, young people, and their families, alongside a respect for other perspectives and other clinical core skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Pebble Lodge

Alumhurst Rd



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