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Highly Specialist Systemic and Family Psychotherapist Eating Disorders

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Specialist Children and Adolescence Mental Health (SCAMHS) Eating Disorder (ED) Service for an experienced and enthusiastic clinician to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary team to help deliver a high quality effective service to children and young people with Eating Disorders and their carers/families.

You will be joining an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of nurses, psychotherapists, dietitians and medical staff. Although, you will be part of the Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, you will work closely with colleagues in Adult Mental Health Services, Adult Primary and Secondary Mental Health Services to ensure that individuals experience a seamless and co-ordinated approach to their care.

Main duties of the job

To lead and highlight a systemic perspective within the multi-disciplinary ED Service and provide evidence family based intervention for children, young people with ED and co morbid mental health issues in line with local and National policy (NICE, Welsh Government).

The post holder will participate in the development and provision of integrated services and seamless services in collaboration with the Adult Tier 3 ED Service to work collaboratively across agencies to develop and implement specialist ED services and lead and facilitate multi-family group therapy and parenting groups for families and young people within the Eating Disorder Service.

You will provide specialist systemic clinical assessment, formulation and interventions. Interested individuals will also be enthusiastic, motivated and committed to driving forwards the continued development of the Specialist Eating Disorder Service.

As a member of the SCAMHS ED you will have access to specialist supervision in family based interventions by a senior systemic psychotherapist, with access to regular individual and group supervision.

You will also join a wider communities of practice of systemic psychotherapists and practitioners with varied opportunities to develop your skills through joint working and being part of a reflective team within the wider SCAMHS family therapy clinic.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 11/07/2022.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Previous professional qualification in a related field speciality, i.e. Social Work, nursing, psychology, teaching, counselling, psychiatry
  • MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy - qualification equivalent to Doctoral level
  • To be registered with the UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
  • Additional training or Qualification in health related speciality
  • Specialist knowledge of eating disorders
  • Additional qualification or experience in cognitive behavioural techniques, EMDR, psychodynamic, integrative psychotherapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Teaching Qualification
  • Certificate or Diploma in Supervision
  • Certificate neu Diploma in Group Work
  • Specialist knowledge of depression and self-harm, child abuse, Looked after Children etc
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within a Health and, or Social Services in relation to child and family emotional and psychological difficulties.
  • Ability to manage a case load and to provide supervision including clinical supervision where appropriate
  • Experience of mental or social health assessment and implementation of a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions.
  • Experience of working within Child Protection procedures.
  • Experience of working in mental health, substance misuse agencies, local authority provision
  • Experience of working in Specialist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Experience of family based treatment for eating disorders, e.g. Maudlsey Model
  • Experience of delivering multi-family group therapy
Circumstances Essential
  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.
  • An ability to interact with people with mental health difficulties .
  • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.

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