Senior Family Therapist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit a senior systemic/family therapist to join our existing team of psychologists and therapists working within the Cardiff and Vale Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Heath (EW& MH) Care Group. We have worked hard over the last few years re-configuring the service from CAMHS, to the broader and more encompassing EW& MH Care Group, to better reflect the spectrum of work provided within the health board in meeting the needs of children and young people with emotional and mental health needs.

This is an exciting opportunity to support the development and delivery of family based interventions and systemic psychotherapy within the Interventions Team in the EW& MH Care Group for children, young people and families.

The Interventions Team provide multidisciplinary formulation, liaison, consultation and interventions to children, young people and their families and the networks around them. You will work alongside other EW& MH teams (e.g. The assessment team, School's In-Reach team, community intensive therapies team) across all tiers of service provision and be part of a skilled, experienced and passionate team of RMN's, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapies, and support staff.

Main duties of the job

As a systemic psychotherapist/family therapist, you will have experience and knowledge in carrying a caseload, including assessing children, young people and families with complex needs, supporting families with care planning and designing and delivering specialist psychological interventions within children's emotional wellbeing and mental health services.

Working alongside the multidisciplinary team, you will provide specialist psychological and therapeutic interventions, systemic assessments and contribute to formulation alongside diagnosis, and the delivery of care where necessary. Care co-ordination, consultation, supervision and supporting other members of the multi-disciplinary team will be key aspects of the role, as well as partnership working with health, education and social care.

While the role will primarily consist of carrying an appropriate clinical caseload, you will join an existing family therapy team who have worked hard to help embed systemic thinking and formulation in the wider MDT, through the use of family therapy training clinics, teaching, training, joint working and consultation.

You will join at an exciting time to also help advise and support the development of family work, and systemic offers of care beyond traditional therapy.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full details can be found in the attached job description and person specification and effort should be made in your supporting statement to evidence how you meet these criteria.

Person Specification



  • Honours Degree
  • A prior professional qualification.
  • A recognised post graduate qualification in Family Therapy or equivalent e.g. Masters or higher award.
  • UKCP accredited as a family / systemic psychotherapist.



  • Significant experience of working as a qualified Family Therapist.
  • Experience of supervising / managing other family therapists



  • Ability to develop, manage and co-ordinate training packages, consultation, clinic

Special knowledge


  • Knowledge of research design and methodology as practised within the field of family therapy
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to this client group i.e. children
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the UKCP/AFT

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


St Davids Hospital

Cowbridge Road East


CF11 9XB

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