Highly Specialist Systemic/Family Therapist, Band 8a

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year pro rata inc
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are pleased to advertise an exciting opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join a dynamic and thriving national harmful sexual behaviour service as aBand 8a Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapistwithin the NSPCC's National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS), located within the heart of the London Borough of Camden at our clinic base within short distance of Camden Town tube station.

You will receive regular supervision and be part of a supportive peer group with access to a generous protected CPD budget. Links to the Trust's family therapy department are actively encouraged and promoted.

Main duties of the job

As aHighly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist, you will join a vibrant and experiencedmulti-disciplinary team in providing assessments and a variety of evidence-based interventions, drawing upon your professional skills and values as a Family Therapist, for children, young people, and their families where there have been concerns about harmful sexual behaviour.

This role also includes providing specialist advice and consultation regarding diagnoses and treatment to NCATS colleagues, external agencies, working autonomously within professional guidelines and within a multi-disciplinary team, and contributing to overall service delivery as required. To provide supervision to trainee systemic psychotherapists and to social worker colleagues where directed by the clinical lead.

We are seeking to develop our practice and approach to working with sibling sexual abuse, and view the role of a highly specialist systemic psychotherapist as critical in this area of service development.

About us

Oxleas - 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.

Please kindly refer to the job description and persons specification attached to this vacancy for further details.

Main responsibilities:

1. To provide a highly specialist systemic 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.

2. To assess children, adolescents and their families as part of a risk assessment.

3. To consult to parents/carers (including foster parents) as part of a treatment plan.

4. 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.

5. To provide highly specialist systemic therapy 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.

6. 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.

7. To be responsible for implementing a range of systemic 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.

8. 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.

9. To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop work with families by providing highly specialist knowledge and skills.

10. To provide highly specialist consultation, advice and guidance to other professionals at all levels working with families both within the service and in partner agencies. 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.

11. 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 and social workers 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.

12. 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.

13. To work in accordance with NCATS team objectives by adhering to Trust, Directorate and NSPCC 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.

14. To contribute to overall service delivery and development as required.

Management responsibilities

1. 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.

2. To advise both service and professional management on all aspects of the service where systemic and/or organisational matters need addressing.

3. To manage the workloads of trainee systemic psychotherapists, within the framework of team policies and procedures.

4. To lead on an agreed area of service development, for example, family therapy models for children presenting with sexually harmful behaviour.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • 2 years post qualification
  • Working with forensic populations

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