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Highly Specialist Systemic Family Therapist (CYP Eating Disorders)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£33,359 to £38,135 per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
23 Sep 2023
The CYP-Community Eating Disorders Service is a multidisciplinary team providing a community out-patient service to the five boroughs served by SWLSTG. The service has close links with the in-patient specialist eating disorders unit (Wisteria Ward) on site, outpatient consultant paediatric care provided on site as part of the MDT, and brief inpatient paediatric care at nearby St George's Hospital.

We are an expanding, highly specialist team, combining expertise in CYP eating disorders with specialist mental health provision for young people. This is an exciting time to join the service as the South London Partnership provides exciting opportunities to be involved in innovations in care for children and young people across the partnership.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy, developing service which has a systemic underpinning, offering NICE concordant systemic therapy for eating disorders as its core intervention. You will provide specialist multi-disciplinary assessment and expert clinical interventions to children and adolescents with eating disorders, and their families.

The growing specialist multi-disciplinary team is made up of psychiatrists, nurses, systemic psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, a consultant paediatrician and a dietician. Team working is held at the core of the service with a range of processes to ensure individual clinicians feel supported in their work, including weekly team meetings and case discussion, systemic case consultation, and the opportunity for joint working with more complex cases.

The team operate mainly core hours 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and the work is mostly conducted out of the community clinic with occasional exceptions e.g. observations and supported meals at home visits to paediatric or tier 4 services.

Suitable applicants will have experience in a CAMHS setting and have good knowledge and skills related to NICE concordant treatments for eating disorders and common co-morbid disorders such as OCD, depression and anxiety. In addition, applications from systemic family therapists who have experience of working with children and families with complex needs or with safeguarding concerns would be welcomed.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist systemic family therapy services to children, young people and their families / carers providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment in line with NICE guidance.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a child or young persons mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To offer advice and consultation on clients psychological care. To work within Trust and professional guidelines.
  • To support the Departmental clinical governance structure through the provision of clinical supervision in relation to specific modalities of psychotherapy and by providing clinical input to supervisees PADRs.
  • Within supervision, team meetings and other fora, to support and promote the use of measures within the CYP IAPT framework to evolve clinical practice and enhance user experience.
  • To seek opportunities to include service user perspectives in how services are delivered.
  • To utilise research skills for practice evaluation and service development, as required by the service and set out in the job plan.
  • To work with the CAMHS Eating Disorders Service Professional Lead for Psychology and Psychotherapies to lead the work of a particular aspect of service provision.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist under the domain of Clinical Psychologist OR Qualified Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) via the College of Family Couple and Systemic Therapy, and post-graduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession with demonstrable practice over a minimum of four years.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees.


  • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach.
  • Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality.
  • Further training in a recognised evidence-based psychological therapy.



  • Consolidated experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and in-patient settings.
  • Consolidated 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 maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months


  • Experience of working with eating disorders
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of service development or of a leadership role.

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield Hospital


SW17 7DJ

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