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Redbridge Looked After Children (LAC) Family Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Chadwell Heath
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (plus HCAS)
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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We are seeking two Band 7 Family Therapist to join our busy and dynamic Redbridge Looked After Children EWMHS (CAMHS) team on a 24 month fixed term contract. We have a growing and supportive therapy team and we are looking for Family Therapists who are passionate about young people's mental health and well being to join us in the delivery of high quality trauma informed and effective interventions.

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

Main duties of the job

This role requires a post-graduate qualified Family Therapist registered with the appropriate professional or regulatory body (e.g. HCPC, AFT , UKCP) with experience of delivering Psychological Therapies in a CAMHS setting. Newly qualified Family Therapists are encouraged to apply.

The role involves offering support to the network around care experienced children. This includes providing consultation and support to Social Workers, Foster Carers, Connected Persons Foster Carers, Schools and Residential Placement Workers. The aim is to agree a shared approach to support the child or young person. Drawing on developmental trauma and attachment and development models to understand children's behaviour and functioning in the context of their experiences and bring this information together into a formulation. The role will also involve assessing and treating Redbridge Looked After Children (LAC) who present with a moderate to severe mental health difficulties in a community CAMHS setting. The successful candidate will have support of the LAC Family Therapy Lead and the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) in the management of these cases.

About us

Probationary Period

This 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).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT 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.

High Cost Area Supplement - Outer London

This 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).

COVID-19 Vaccination

We 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. 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.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

The post holder will receive regular clinical supervision from a senior family therapist and will be expected to attend and participate in MDT team meetings as well as CPA meetings of cases on their case load. They will have a commitment to collaborative working and actively supporting and liaising with other health and social care professionals and partnership agencies as we promote a trauma informed model of practice within the service. CPD opportunities will be available.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • Masters qualification in Family Therapy / Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Current registration with AFT and UKCP


  • Prior professional training and qualification
  • Other relevant professional psychotherapy trainings and qualifications



  • Experience with complex family presentations, delivering skilled and creative systemic interventions
  • Experience of working with children and families who have experienced trauma
  • Experience of consulting with safeguarding professionals and involvement in making safeguarding referrals
  • Experience of working with families from different and marginalised communities
  • Experience of working in a MDT and awareness of issues for internal and external professional networks


  • Experience of working with children and families with mental health and behavioural issues in a CAMHS setting
  • Experience of working alone with young people and families
  • Experience of being responsible for a caseload and making decisions on treatment, care plans, and discharge
  • Experience of co-working with other disciplines
  • Experience of working with neurodevelopmental disorders and learning difficulties
  • Experience of working with looked after children
  • Experience of attending CP conferences and CIN meetings, and liaising with schools and social workers
  • Experience of undertaking generic CAMHS triage assessments
  • Experience of providing consultation to colleagues and external networks
  • Experience in developing and running groups

Demonstration of Trust Values


  • Putting people first
  • Prioritising quality
  • Being progressive, innovative and continually improve
  • Being professional and honest
  • Promoting what is possible, independence, opportunity and choice



  • 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
  • Highly developed ability to integrate complex clinical information into a coherent formulation / hypothesis
  • Specialist skill in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside CAMHS
  • Ability to tolerate emotionally distressing situations and presentations
  • Capacity to work alone, involving colleagues and mangers as relevant
  • Able to form good working relationships with others in multi-disciplinary and inter-agency settings
  • Capacity to write clear records and observe policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Ability to plan and organise own workload and time
  • Ability to use outcome monitoring across all clinical work
  • To be able to work within the Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics
  • To be able to work autonomously within the overall framework of the Trust's policies and procedures

Other Requirements


  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the local area
  • Good IT skills


  • Previous use of RiO

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


The Grove

Grove Road

Chadwell Heath


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