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Systemic Family Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a.
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Systemic Family Therapist to join our specialist community child & adolescent mental health team in Poole CAMHS.

As a Systemic Family Therapist, you will provide assessments and interventions for children, young people and their families who have been referred to Core CAMHS. You will work autonomously providing a highly specialist Family Therapy provision to young people and their families referred to the service, as well as being confident in consultation, supervision and training of colleagues.

We are looking for someone with passion and enthusiasm, and someone who believes- like we do- that working with young people and their families is one of the most effective early interventions within mental health care.

As an integral member of the wider team, you will work both clinically with families, but also bring expertise in supporting the team to ensure that systemic thinking and understanding lies at the centre of the clinical service.

This post is full time of 37.5 hours per week, part-time hours would be considered and opportunities of flexible working providing the service needs are met.

Main duties of the job

You will be able to provide evidence based assessments and treatments within a variety of settings for children, young people and families who experience a range of mental healthdifficulties that require intervention with Tier 3 services

You will be able to create assessment formulations, hypothesis and treatments and plans which areregularly reviewed.

You will be able to provide specialist family therapy assessments and interventions on a time limited basis

You will be able act as a key worker where appropriate, and provide high quality and timely clinical record keeping.

We currently provide the following CAMHS services across Dorset:
  • 6 Community CAMHS teams
  • 1 Urban CAMHS Gateway team (assessment and brief intervention service) which is looking to expand to offer a pan-Dorset service
  • 10 Bed adolescent inpatient unit
  • Dedicated CAMHS psychiatric liaison services within 3 acute hospitals
  • Out of Hours crisis service
  • Discovery College
  • Peer specialists working within our community and inpatient teams.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do, and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion, and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Person Specification

Educational / Qualifications


  • Post graduate qualification in appropriate mental health/social care profession
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Eligibility for UKCP registration
  • Registration as clinical supervisor



  • Experience as a family therapist working within children's services
  • Excellent assessment skills
  • Knowledge of legislation and national guidance relating to the client group
  • Knowledge of NICE guidance recommendations for client group
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding procedures

Additional Requirements


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

Personal Qualities / Aptitudes


  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communicator organised and able to develop a service.
  • The willingness to be flexible and work collaboratively with partner agencies to ensure the best therapeutic approach to children and families

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Community Health Clinic

Shaftesbury Road


BH15 2NT

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