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Specialist Systemic/Family Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 Per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This post provides input for service users and their families/carers in the Enfield EIP. EIP works with people with psychosis, aimingto minimise the impact of the consequence of psychosis and to support recovery through the provision of recovery focused and enabling care. The post holder will be an integral senior member of the psychological therapies provision which offers:
  • Highly specialist assessment
  • Direct provision of systemic psychotherapy and other systemic intervention (consultation, brief systemic intervention, group work) in addition to the range of psychological therapiescovered by NICE guidelines and the National Standards for Early Intervention to individuals, families, networks, and community groups
  • Joint therapeutic work with other colleagues in the EIP Team
  • Systemic Input/Consultation to EIP team and multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Structured internal supervision or consultation groups, and reflective practice

The post holder will also be part of the Systemic Pathway based in the Enfield Integrated Core Mental Health Team, joining colleagues to offer systemic input to a variety of different Teams in Enfield Adult Mental Health Services. The post holder will receive clinical supervision from the Systemic Pathway and will participate in Continued Professional Development Activities and Systemic Pathway development contributing to creating a well-integrated and coherent systemic offer within Enfield Adult Mental Health Services.

Main duties of the job

The role will require the post holder:
  • To maintain a clinical caseload of highly complex and demanding psychological/psychotherapeutic interventions, assessments as well as treatment and consultation, formulating and implementing appropriate treatment plans.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological and/or systemic intervention/ treatment and/or management of a client's and their family's system of concern, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To provide specialist psychological/systemic advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis, and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically/systemically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To build integrated clinical connections with the other systemic psychotherapists within the Enfield Systemic Pathway.

About us

At Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey NHS Community and Mental Health Trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

The Trust's values are:
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Being Positive
  • Working together

By coming to work at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust you will be joining a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

As part of the national transformation programme within the NHS, BEH Community Mental Health services are in the process of transforming. We do not foresee this process greatly affecting this post.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the JD/PS for 8a Systemic/Family Psychotherapist - Enfield EIP Service.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • oCore health professional qualification (Psychology, Nursing, Social work, Occupational Therapy)
  • oRegistration with the appropriate professional body (HCPC, NMC, Social Work England etc).
  • oDoctoral or master's level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy.
  • oRegistered with UKCP as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist.


  • oA member of AFT
  • oRecognized training or extensive experience in teaching, mentorship, supervision
  • oRelevant qualification/ training in the field of treatment and understanding of mental health



  • oMinimum of 2 years' experience of working directly with patients presenting with mental health issues, in an NHS context including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oExperience of facilitating groups for service users
  • oExperience of working with a variety of patient groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • oExperience of working with carers and family members
  • oExperience of multi-disciplinary team working and involvement in developing risk management plans and Care Plans


  • oExperience of working with service users and their families/carers presenting with a diagnosis of psychosis.
  • oExperience of the application of systemic and family psychotherapy in and across different cultural/family contexts.
  • oExperience of working in the NHS.
  • oExperience of systemic research design and methodology, including data analysis.

Skills & Knowledge


  • oKnowledge of theory, practice, and techniques from a range of specialised systemic and family psychotherapeutic models and evidence of this working with adults with a mental health diagnosis.
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of systemic/psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • oAbility to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of elevated levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff, both individually and in an organisational context.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the post-holder's professional body.


  • oEnthusiasm about evidence-based practice and about using patient feedback as well as team performance data to develop service as best suited for the needs of our patient population.
  • oKnowledge of theory and practice of a range of different therapeutic models within psychological therapies - specifically difficult to treat groups (e.g., eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance misuse, personality disorder, dual diagnoses).

Personal Qualities


  • oAn enthusiasm and commitment to systemic psychological treatment of psychosis and other mental health disorders
  • oAbility to work independently, reliably, and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.
  • oAbility to maintain professional boundaries and form positive therapeutic relationship with service users and carers
  • oAbility to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others
  • oAbility to demonstrate BEH Trust Values


  • oA commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit

Other Requirements


  • oAbility to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situation and severely challenging behaviors
  • oAbility to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behavior

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Lucas House

305-309 Fore Street


N9 0PD

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