Family/Systemic Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced family/systemic therapist who wants to have the time and opportunity to offer high quality clinical input as part of a friendly, well-established and experienced psychological therapy team in a national specialist service? We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Family Therapist with experience, passion and flexibility to join our specialist forensic adolescent inpatient service. Family therapy is an established and highly valued part of the clinical work, not only directly with families and young people, but also helping to influence the unit's values and philosophy.

Our ideal candidate would have experience of working with adolescents and/or within forensic mental health, inpatient, or criminal justice settings. However, a willingness to think creatively, commitment to compassionate care and flexibility to think outside traditional clinical models are equally important. The post contains a range of duties which include a combination of direct clinical work and work with staff teams through teaching, consultation and supervision. A major part of the job role will be to promote the Bluebird House Psychological Model of Care, which is based around an understanding of attachment and trauma and uses elements of a number of clinical models such as Non-Violent Resistance enhancing psychologically informed nurse-led everyday care.

Main duties of the job

To provide a Family Therapy service to individuals, their families and carers incorporating highly specialist assessment and treatment. The service may be offered either within the unit or on a more flexible outreach basis (following a Multidisciplinary Team Risk Assessment) according to clinical need. To provide supervision of trainee and qualified staff.

To provide advice and consultation on systemic issues to MDT colleagues.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the Trust's policies and procedures.

The post holder will also utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development within the service.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • The Post-holder must possess dual qualifications:
  • *a core professional qualification within Education, Health, Social Work or Management and
  • *a post-graduate clinical Diploma/Masters Degree in Systemic Family Therapy from a training institute recognised by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) or equivalent (e.g. the equivalence criteria laid down by UKCP for & quot grandparent& quot and & quot APEL& quot qualification as Family Therapists).
  • The Post-holder must possess an active registration as a Systemic Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bluebird House

Tatchbury Mount, Calmore



SO40 2RZ

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