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Systemic Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
  • To contribute to a high quality specialist family therapy service to service users and families with complex emotional and mental health needs as part of the All Age Eating Disorder Service.
  • To provide specialist assessment, formulation and therapy within the service.
  • To offer advice, consultancy and supervision, under supervision of the Senior Family Therapist, and support the work of colleagues providing care and treatment, according to expertise.
  • To work with the Senior Family Therapist to provide training to a range of qualified and unqualified staff across mental health areas, as agreed.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.
  • To be involved in service developments, as appropriate.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to appoint someone with a caring, compassionate nature, who are innovative, creative, flexible and highly motivated. You should be an excellent communicator and team player, with the successful applicant joining a dynamic multi-disciplinary team of professionals to provide assessment and treatment to children and adult service users and their families/carers. The team includes a range of other psychological professionals, nurses, dietitians. Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Lead and family therapists.

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver high quality systemic interventions to families, young people and adults as well as contributing to the broader aims of the service.

You will benefit from an enthusiastic and supportive peer group of existing Systemic Practitioners' and a multi disciplinary team across the service.

This is an exciting time and a chance to work in this specialist all age service - if this sounds like something you wish to be involved in, please contact those highlighted below who will happily discuss this further.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification in a mental health or social welfare discipline or agreed Association of Family Therapy (AFT) equivalent.
  • Postgraduate training in Systemic Practice to enable the title of Systemic Practitioner - namely completion of either 'AFT approved' Intermediate Level Systemic Practice Training or CYP-IAPT in Systemic Family Practice.
  • Registration with the appropriate regulatory body for core profession.

Knowledge & skills


  • Skills in the use of methods of Systemic Practice/ family based assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • High level of relationship and communication skills to work with clients, families and/or professionals where the atmosphere might be both pressured and emotive.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to comprehend and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information in a manner appropriate to a range of settings and audiences, including complex emotive situations and those with impaired communication capacities.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using the variety of approaches and methods within systemic practice (i.e. social constructionist, narrative, solution focused, etc.) as required to work with individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations.



  • Substantial practice in relevant first profession.
  • Previous years experience of working as a Systemic Practitioner and embedding systemic skills in a clinical setting since finishing intermediate training, under the supervision of a suitably qualified Family Therapist.
  • Experience of running groups, particularly with parents, adolescents and children.

Personal & Other


  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


L7F9 49447 South Eating Disorder Service



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