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Systemic Family Therapist, Band 7

Employer
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£45,024 to £50,806 a year pa inc
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Profession
CBT Therapist / Other
Service
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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This post is attached to the Early Intervention Team (Greenwich CAMHS). The team offers a range of evidence based psychological therapies from within the community and much of the work is school based with, as well as children's centres in delivering and supporting effective early intervention such as parenting programme for a pregnant mother and there partners and a focus on consultation within the schools.

In addition to provide a qualified Psychotherapist service to CAMHS clients across all sectors of care; providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist consultation, advice, guidance and training to professionals at all levels working with families in Education, partner agencies and within the service. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involved with highly complex, emotive and often conflictual issues such as those involving child protection, deliberate self-harm, violence, trauma, suicide risk, criminal offending behaviour, sexualised behaviour, and mental health problems of parents.
  • To provide a specialist assessment of referrals of a significant and complex nature in order to formulate and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a child's or adolescent's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence. To use routine outcome measures as laid down by the Trust.
  • To assess children, adolescents and their families as part of a risk assessment.
  • To consult to parents/carers (including foster parents) as part of a treatment plan.


About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care


Job description Job responsibilities

All staff should have a personal development plan and in conjunction with their manager, should actively determine and pursue agreed training and development needs and opportunities. All staff are required to attend mandatory training as designated by the Trust.

Overview of the Post

The aim of the post is to effectively assess presenting difficulties of children and families accessing CAMHS, make recommendations for treatment where needed and provide evidence-based interventions within a multi-disciplinary context.
  • To provide the CAMHS team with a high quality, evidence based, service to, their families, carers and professional networks, in keeping with CYP-IAPT principles.
  • To provide specialist consultation and advice regarding diagnoses and treatment to Schools, CAMHS colleagues, external agencies, working autonomously within professional guidelines and within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to overall service delivery as required
  • To provide specialist assessment and therapy to families with children and adolescents who are referred to CAMHS.
  • To contribute to the development, implementation and audit of services for families with children presenting to the Service.

Key Task and Responsibilities

Clinical:
  • To provide specialist consultation, advice, guidance and training to professionals at all levels working with families in Education, partner agencies and within the service. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involved with highly complex, emotive and often conflictual issues such as those involving child protection, deliberate self-harm, violence, trauma, suicide risk, criminal offending behaviour, sexualised behaviour, and mental health problems of parents.
  • To provide a specialist assessment of referrals of a significant and complex nature in order to formulate and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a childs or adolescents mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence. To use routine outcome measures as laid down by the Trust.
  • To assess children, adolescents and their families as part of a risk assessment.
  • To consult to parents/carers (including foster parents) as part of a treatment plan.
  • To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples and their wider family networks, accommodated children and their network of care, children with learning difficulties, and children who are on the Child Protection Register, and parents with mental health difficulties. Competence is required in undertaking systemic therapy with families through the use of an interpreter where families do not yet have sufficient understanding of the English language.
  • To provide specialist systemic psychotherapy with clinical autonomy drawing on a range of models and wherever possible brief interventions. To practice in a way which is inclusive and considerate of the needs of each individual in the system including family members in their varying developmental stages and current emotional state.
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the child, family or group, and their difficulties.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and their families, including couples and groups, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses in reaching a formulation and treatment plan. Interventions may include family therapy, individual work, chairing professionals and network meetings, liaising with other agencies, observations of patients in different settings, and the use of a range of systemic models.
  • To exercise full autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, and formulate effective care plans in collaboration with the client and family. To undertake risk assessment and risk management relevant to individual patients, including protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships, and to do this using the knowledge of the multi professional context that is a mental health service for the locality.
  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop work with families by providing specialist knowledge and skills.
  • To maintain current knowledge of the operation of video equipment and promote ethical and effective use in line with Directorate policy. To introduce this practice to families in a sensitive way, and to advise and instruct clinicians in other disciplines and systemic psychotherapy trainees on the fitting and appropriate use of this therapeutic tool. To use video tape review to enhance the skills of colleagues and to help parents understand their familys difficulties, dilemmas, and traumatic experiences.
  • To act as care coordinator, as required, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of care plans and giving consideration to the views of patients, their family, carers, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care. This includes organising complex professional network meetings.
  • To work in accordance with CAMHS and team objectives by adhering to Trust and Directorate policies, including risk assessment in all work, ensuring care plans are in place, recording up to date, attending and contributing a systemic view in case discussion and team meetings.
  • To contribute to overall service delivery and development as required.
  • To attend monthly professionals meetings and team meetings.

  • Management responsibilities (Contribution)
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the development of systemic professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on all aspects of the service where systemic and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To lead on an agreed area of service development


  • Person Specification Children and young peoples services Essential
    • Experience
    • Education
    • Effort and Environment
    • Skills/Abilities/Knowledge
    Desirable
    • Skills/Abilities/Knowledge
    • Education


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