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Lead Family & Systemic Psychotherapist – Adult Eating Disorders

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

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Eating Disorders
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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The AWP Community Adult Eating Disorders Service is currently expanding to enable delivery of FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders)(see, alongside their existing service.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced systemic family therapist to support the implementation and delivery of the FREED early intervention model. This will involve liaison with Primary Care Services, education and promotion of a new treatment pathway. The post holder will support the management of referrals for this pathway and offer initial triage, as well as providing a clinical service to young people (17-25years) experiencing an eating disorder and their families.

The post holder is based with the expanding Community Eating Disorders Service for Adults, which sits within the wider Community Mental Health Service. The primary focus for the post holder is in working with clients accessing treatment through the FREED pathway, though the post holder will also contribute to, and is part of, the broader team.

You lead the family therapy provision for the early intervention pathway for eating disorders and will take a leadership role in working with families, partners and friends across the Adult Community Eating Disorder Service, and. Your role will be key in building on the existing CAMHS transition pathway by working collaboratively with the CAMHS eating disorder teams.

Main duties of the job

  • To take a lead role in the provision of a high quality specialist Eating Disorder provision for adults across BNSSG and BaNES.
  • Responsibility for setting up and managing clinics and supervising staff within them.
  • Ensuring families receive interventions according to NICE guidance, best practice and local pathways of care.
  • Holding a case load and using resources creatively to provide an excellent therapy for young people (18years -25years) and families; uniquely tailoring therapeutic interventions to meet the needs of service users
  • Working alongside senior management to support excellent leadership and governance within the AWP Adult Community Eating Disorder Service
  • To offer supervision and consultation to a wide variety of professionals in line with the above goals.
  • To liaise effectively with referrers, local CAMHS and Adult Services and to work alongside teams to offer seamless service delivery when work transfers over to other teams and services.
  • To provide direct clinical work to families and to offer systemic consultation and training to other professionals as appropriate.

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.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

To take the lead, run and supervise systemic family therapy interventions as indicated and appropriate for Eating Disorders within the adult eating disorder community service.
  • To take the lead in systemic family therapy as part of the early intervention pathway and according to best practice and national 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 participate fully in the work of the adult community eating disorder service, as well as participating in the referral and assessment process.
  • To train others & offer supervised clinics for a variety of professionals.
  • To develop an Eating Disorder provision to meet the needs of those referred and to use resources creatively by co-working with partnership agencies.
  • To work within all latest relevant clinical frameworks and guidelines including (but not limited to) NICE, Eating Disorders Commissioning Guide etc.
  • To exercise responsibility for the governance of systemic practice through contributing to the development of policy and procedures guiding its application in the adult community eating disorder service.
  • To apply a sound knowledge of safeguarding issues and young people development to work with young adults and families referred to the service 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 outcome measures.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress through responding effectively to feedback from members of the client and professional system. This will include the use of appropriate outcome measures.
  • To hold an appropriate case load

Person Specification Education and experience Essential
  • Qualifications and registration as specified in person spec
  • Substantial experience of working as a family systemic therapist
  • Experience of working with people with eating disorders
  • Experience of early intervention / working with young adults

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