Highly Specialist Family Therapist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Psychosis services.

Band 8a Highly Specialist Family Therapist (0.6 WTE)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a systemic family therapist with excellent practitioner skills and demonstrated expertise and knowledge of working with people experiencing psychosis, bipolar problems and associated difficulties to join our psychology service.

The post-holder will provide a family therapy service to the Trust psychosis service across the boroughs of Camden and Islington. This will involve taking referrals from multidisciplinary mental health teams that provides social care, psychiatric and psychological services to a wide range of service users living in the community.

The post requires UKCP registration.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will offer a Systemic Family Therapy service to teams across the psychosis service, including Early Intervention Teams, Recovery Teams and a small number of ward-based Rehabilitation Teams. They will provide family assessments and interventions and will offer advice and consultation on family work to referrers and staff. They will also provide supervision on family work (including live supervision where appropriate) to members of multidisciplinary teams and other professionals. The post-holder will contribute to training in family work for Trust staff and will be involved in policy and service development relevant to family work within the service.

You would be working within a supportive psychology team and alongside another part-time systemic family therapist. There would be opportunities to contribute to the wider Trust Systemic Family Therapy training programme which is open to all professions. We also welcome and encourage trainee placements and there is currently a trainee family therapist on placement with us.

Alongside systemic family therapy our service also uses behavioural Family Intervention in Psychosis (FI-p) approaches. The successful applicant will work alongside these approaches and advise on which approach is more appropriate as needed. Training is available in one of these FI-p approaches to supplement your skills if required.

About us

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) provides high quality, safe and innovative mental health care to our patients in the community, in their homes or in hospital. We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area. We currently deliver the majority of our care to residents in the London Boroughs of Camden and

Islington. However, we also provide substance misuse services in Westminster, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to people living in Kingston. Our trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world's leading academic health science partnerships. In addition we have specialist programmes which provide help and treatment for: veterans living in London, young people caught in the cycle of gang culture, older people living with dementia and other age related mental health conditions. For more information, please access the following link: https://www.candi.nhs.uk/

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for more information about the vacancy .

Provisional interview date: Wednesday 13th July 2022.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in social work, psychiatry, clinical or counselling psychology, nursing (mental health nursing and other nursing specialities which require a counselling role), occupational therapy, speech / language therapy or counselling, that meet AFT Training in Family Therapy Entry Requirements. Further AFT-accredited qualification in family therapy / systemic psychotherapy, or an equivalent meeting the UKCP criteria for 'grandparent' and 'APEL' qualification as systemic psychotherapist. Current membership / registration with UKCP as systemic family therapist / psychotherapist.
  • Knowledge of and/or previous training in Behavioural Family Therapy, Family Intervention for psychosis or Behavioural Couple therapy for Bipolar. Qualification in systemic supervision
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with clients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings. Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity. Significant post-qualification family work experience within adult mental health settings, specifically with clients and their families where psychosis or bipolar diagnoses are significant presenting problems. Significant experience in the delivery of family therapy. Experience of teaching, training and supervision. Experience of family work in different cultural contexts.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of a range of methods of family assessment, intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health services, including challenging behaviours. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
Knowledge Essential
  • Well-developed knowledge of different current approaches to family interventions for people with psychosis and other severe mental health problems. Knowledge of human growth and development, mental health and illness. Knowledge of statutory frameworks, including child protection. Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. Evidence of continuing professional development as required by relevant regulatory and professional bodies. Willingness to train in Behavioural Family Therapy or Family Intervention for psychosis, and supervision of these models (if not already trained).
  • Knowledge of and/or previous training in Behavioural Family Therapy, Family Intervention for psychosis or Behavioural Couple therapy for Bipolar.
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting. Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
  • Interest and ability to contribute to service development.

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