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Systemic Family Therapist- 8a or 7 Preceptorship

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £62,785 a year We welcome applications for a preceptorship from a band 7 to 8a
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

AfC Band 8a or Band 7 to 8a Preceptorship up to 18 months

We currently have funding approval for a Band 8a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and are looking for either a band 8a or preceptorship role form Band 7 to Band 8a.

Are you led by curiosity and a passion to understand what has gone on for families and young people to bring them to the service? Does bringing systemic ideas into ward based care and wider systems excite you? Are you committed to working compassionately with young people, families and colleagues? Is the idea of working collaboratively alongside and learning from a diverse MDT something that interests you? Then we have the job for you!

The Coborn Centre is a renowned child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) unit located in Newham, East London. We are part of a collaborative of inpatient and community CAHM services across North Central East London (NCEL). The Coborn is a Tier 4 CAMHS mental health service that supports young people aged 12- 18 and works closely with families, schools, local authorities and various community teams.

The community served is multi-ethnic and culturally diverse and we welcome applicants who are skilled at working with the richness and complexity of this multicultural context.

Main duties of the job

In this role you will join the Lead Family Therapist to complete the family therapy team working in a tier 4 CAMHS service. You will continue to develop the family therapy provision by providing family therapy and family based interventions with families who come into contact with the service. This includes supporting the formulation and wider MDT's assessment process, managing a case load of families and undertaking family therapy, offering reflective practice to colleagues, helping in the development of a family therapy clinic, care management of a small number of young people in addition to working alongside a busy and vibrant MDT. Your expertise will be drawn upon to help manage complex and challenging mental health presentations within a service that holds value to the systemic approach and thinking. Your clinical expertise will be drawn upon to help with wider systems thinking both internally in relation to the work undertaken within the Coborn and also externally when working with partners in the community.

This role will also offer the opportunity to provide leadership development as there will be opportunities supervision to non-therapy MDT members, facilitate reflective practice, contribute to and facilitate complex case discussions, training and development, contribution to the care pathways development and offering clinical consultation to the service.

About us

The Coborn Centre is located in well resourced, purpose built premises at Newham University Hospital. We work with 12-18 year old young people and their families across the East London boroughs of Newham, Hackney & Tower Hamlets as well as Luton and Bedfordshire and other London boroughs. The Centre comprises of 12 acute beds, 15 intensive care beds and up to 8 day patient places. The service has led the way in the design of adolescent mental health facilities nationally. We have been awarded an excellent by the QNIC accreditation process and outstanding by the CQC.

The client group is varied and challenging. Young people present with eating disorders, psychosis, low mood, anxiety disorders such as OCD and emotion regulation difficulties. Young people may also have autism or learning difficulties or be in need of an assessment and young people may also have physical health needs. We work alongside an eclectic and dynamic multi-disciplinary staff group including family therapists, arts therapist, psychologists, social workers, nursing, occupational therapists and many more to support young people and their families through acute and chronic mental health difficulties.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description & Person Specification for details of role requirements.

A band 8a would be working to this level and a band 7 preceptorship would work towards this level within 18 months.

Within the preceptorship role, it is expected that you will progress within 10-18 months post-qualification to band 8a. There are 5 main competencies that you will need to evidence to support your progression from band 7 to 8a, Supervisory skills, evidence of advanced theoretical and practical knowledge, evidence of complex analytical and judgmental skills, evidence of ability to co-ordinate and lead an area of service development and/or clinical pathway, evidence of participation in service level evaluation There are several activities that may support the development of these competencies. You will be well supported with personal and professional development reviews as well as being encouraged to take increasing autonomy of the process over time.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant field of mental health or social welfare and demonstrable practice. (or established equivalence according to AFT criteria)
  • Postgraduate qualification in family/systemic psychotherapy
  • Registration as a systemic psychotherapist with UKCP or equivalent body



  • Evidence base in relation to child mental health
  • Research and research methodology at post - graduate level in relation to children and adults with mental health and social problems
  • The impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children and families
  • Legislation and DOH guidelines relevant to children and mental health


  • Experience of research and audit



  • Skills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems using a variety of approaches coherent with a systemic perspective.
  • Ability to formulate comprehensive assessments and offer effective treatment based on systemic principles
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to multi -layered complex cases.
  • Ability to provide ongoing treatment in complex, often unstable, and frequently changing circumstances.
  • Skills in consulting to professional colleagues within and outside CAMHS.


  • Word processing skills, including the ability to use internet and other computer technology effectively

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health

Cherry Tree Way, Glen Road


E13 8SP

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