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Senior Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Senior Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (1.0 wte)

We are seeking a senior Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, to take up this exciting new role developing Family Therapy provision in Adult Mental Health Services in Wiltshire. The Community Mental Health Service Framework (CMHF) emphasises the importance of ensuring that services work together to provide excellent and timely care. This post has been funded as part of the next phase of our CMHF developments within Wiltshire.

The post holder will provide specialist, evidence based therapy to families with a member who are under secondary care. This will include setting up and running Family Therapy Clinics within the locality and holding a caseload themselves. They will also have a key leadership role in providing supervision, consultation and training to professionals in other teams whilst helping to ensure that systemic thinking is present in all aspects of our care. The role will involve working in partnership with service users, and with the Trust Lead for Family Therapy.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Main duties of the job

You should have significant post-qualification experience of providing evidence based, systemic interventions.In addition to carrying a clinical caseload, you will play a key role in advising on ways to improve access to NICE recommended interventions for service users who would benefit from a systemic approach.

The role will involve supervision, consultation and training to colleagues in other teams on the importance of considering the system around a service user. As a key principle of systemic care emphasises collaboration, you should feel comfortable liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders, including service users, those close to them, their professional networks including third sector providers. The post holder will receive line management and clinical supervision with the Family Therapy Lead and will work closely with the Lead for the Psychological Therapies Service (PTS) in Wiltshire.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Wiltshire PTS comprises a supportive team of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, CBT Therapists and Arts Psychotherapists and is embedded into the Recovery Service which is also a Multi-Disciplinary team that work closely with PTS. All staff have access to regular activities to support their ongoing professional development, including access to CPD and further training.

The post holder will be based within the Wiltshire locality - exactly where will be negotiable with the aim of creating accessibility to all. Applications for part time positions will be considered.

Job description Job responsibilities

To take the lead, run and supervise specific systemic interventions within an Adult Services.

To take the lead in offering systemic interventions in accordance with Trust care pathways and according to NICE guidance.

To liaise and work effectively with professionals within partnership agencies.

To ensure that appropriate levels of clinical supervision are maintained and that clinical governance is of an excellent standard.

To train others & offer supervised clinics for a variety of professionals.

To work within all latest relevant clinical frameworks and guidelines including (but not limited to) NICE, Future in Mind, Community Mental Health Framework.

To exercise responsibility for the governance of systemic practice through contributing to the development of policy and procedures guiding its application in an Adult Mental health setting.

To apply a sound knowledge of safeguarding issues to work with families referred to services and identify when to refer to other agencies.

As an experienced clinician, to use professional skills in on-going clinical evaluation, which will include the use of appropriate assessment measures.

To monitor and evaluate progress through responding effectively to feedback from members of the client and professional system.

To hold an appropriate case load.

Communications and Working Relationships

PTS team members.

Colleagues who have roles within wider service such as Recovery Teams,

Early Intervention in Psychosis and Later Life Teams .

Service Transformation Manager

Clinical Leads

Most challenging part of this role

The role will require a clear communicator who is able to work across AWP teams and partnership services who may have different goals.

To implement an enhanced systemic psychotherapy provision, for service users and families.

To manage complex relationships across different teams and other partner agencies.

Working independently within a large geographical area

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Master of Science in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Registration with UKCP
  • Significant clinical experience within a health or social care setting; In-depth experience and knowledge of working with families of individuals with complex mental health difficulties; Expert knowledge in the provision of Systemic Family Therapy; Experience of supervision/ consultation to other professionals around complex work with service users and their families; Highly specialist assessment, supervision and formulation skills; Experience of working alongside a number of teams and managing relationships with key stakeholders; Detailed understanding of all key issues of clinical governance, risk and safety in service delivery, including Health and Safety Legislation and regulations, Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, local and national policies for individualised care and the Mental Health Act; Experience of working with Carers
  • Expert knowledge of Systemic Family Therapy for this client group; Good knowledge of current research and best practice in this area, including knowledge of family interventions in EIP work. Skills in providing systemic/Family Therapy consultation, teaching and training to other professional and non-professional groups. Skills in both live and indirect delivery of systemic psychotherapy to peers and/or multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Effective team player with excellent communication skills and the proven ability to establish positive working relationships; Well organised with very good administration and IT skills; High level written communication skills and an ability to express complicated multi-stranded concepts in an accessible way; High level presentation skills; Well-developed communication skills, including sensitivity, negotiation and ability to make judgments in a diverse range of settings, including with front line staff, service user and carer groups; Empathy/engagement skills with service users with highly complex difficulties; A positive attitude towards client group and staff and an ability to inspire and motivate others; Ability to cope with significant workload pressure and prioritise workload; Ability to work in a highly autonomous and independent way; Ability to work with high levels of emotion; Sufficient resilience to cope with difficult interpersonal situations, competing demands, and tight timescales. Evidence of continuing Professional Development as required by UKCP/AFT guidelines Knowledge of ethical practice mindful of issues of power and diversity and to work in a way that is sensitive to clients' cultural backgrounds. Knowledge and skills of risk management and ability to perform a clinical risk assessment. Must be capable of taking substantial professional responsibility and acting autonomously in respect of clinical decisions in the area of specialist practice.
  • Accountable for own professional actions within professional ethics and trust policy. Ability to understand and implement the Trust's Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust; Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health Dept. to the duties of the post. Ability to sit for extended periods of time and maintain intense focussed concentration during clinical tasks often with pressurised circumstances Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
  • AFT Clinical Supervisor qualification or substantial supervision experience.
  • Specific qualification/ training in the supervision of staff providing Systemic Family therapy; Experience of designing or delivering training with service users or carers; Specific leadership role in a relevant area; Experience of conducting and supervising research and audit within health service settings Experience of designing and delivering training/ lecturing to other professionals; Experience of the application of psychological therapies in different cultural contexts. Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Knowledge of the theory and practice of Systemic Psychotherapy/Family therapy in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, eating disorders, dual diagnosis etc)

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