subject to job evaluation
We are looking to recruit a very experienced and highly motivated and organised Highly Specialist Family and Systemic Psychotherapist to oversee the provision of family therapy and family work across LPFT’s CAMHS teams and services – Core CAMHS; CAMHS Eating Disorder Service (EDS); CAMHS Crisis and Enhanced Treatment Team (CCETT).
The postholder will also be the line manager for our ever increasing number of Family Therapists and Systemic Practitioners within CAMHS. We also expect to support 2 further 1 year Systemic Practitioner training posts during 2023 to add to our current staffing of 4 systemic practitioners. We will also continue to offer an internal systemic training programme for CAMHS and CCETT and EDS staff.
The Highly Specialist Family and Systemic Psychotherapist will offer family therapy input to 1 of our 4 core CAMHS hubs, (Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Louth depending on successful applicant’s preference), and will need to have extensive experience of working in a CAMHS setting and will need to evidence strong leadership skills and innovative practice. They will be supporting all CAMHS staff to have access to family therapy consultation and joint work on cases and they will ensure family based interventions and consultations offered are evaluated and Routine Outcome Measures are used as standard by staff. The postholder will ensure that feedback from service users is incorporated into service maintenance and development.
LPFT CAMHS is a specialist multi disciplinary service which offers assessment and therapeutic interventions to children and young people who present with complex mental health problems as well as to children and young people who have been victims of trauma; victims of abuse. The service is very well established and is staffed with clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, mental health practitioners (qualified nurses, social workers and occupational therapists); specialist therapists including CBT therapists; family and systemic psychotherapists, an art therapist; assistant practitioners and assistant psychologists; Peer Support Workers and Parent Peer Support Workers.
LPFT’s Community Core CAMHS has achieved an “Outstanding” rating from the CQC 2 years in a row and it is actively involved in service developments.
The community based Eating Disorder Service provides assessment and intervention within a stepped care approach for children and young people with an eating disorder – anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating and atypical eating disorders – based on NICE guidance and individually assessed needs, ensuring that an agreed package of care is implemented which reflects the Trust’s policy to engage services users and their carers/families in all aspects of their care and treatment.
Paediatric support is provided through a shared care protocol with the acute Trust. The team works closely with other CAMHS staff to enable children and young people with an eating disorder to access the full range of supportive interventions available. Operating out of all CAMHS hubs, the team will also offer a home treatment and family support element
The CAMHS Crisis and Enhanced Treatment Team (CCETT) provides crisis interventions to children and young people alongside intensive community treatment to young people experiencing an acute episode of mental health distress. In addition, the service aims to prevent admissions to out of area Tier 4 inpatient beds. The provision is available 7 days a week 24 hours a day with an on-call rota after 19.00pm with a multi-disciplinary team offering assessment and enhanced community treatment between the hours of 8.45am - 19.00pm. Referred service users receive care based on their individually assessed needs, The service is available to children and young people meeting the criteria for moderate to severe CAMHS as a minimum requirement, where mental health needs and emotional disturbance is to a degree that the level of risk the young person poses cannot be contained by Core CAMHS alone, but support by a specialist community service could provide an alternative to admission to Tier 4 services; those whose deterioration in mental state and functioning renders them liable for admission to an inpatient unit; those requiring discharge from an acute inpatient service following an episode of care; and those children and young people requiring an intensive acute care pathway.
The service is not a stand-alone service but an extension of Core CAMHS and the Eating Disorder Service to ensure continuity of care for the child, young person and family, and enable an effective step-up, step-down model.
The Service works to maintain the child or young person in their ‘home’ setting, and is closely aligned/works in partnership with local Accident and Emergency services, Crisis Intervention Services and the Duty Team within Children’s Services to ensure that an agreed package of care is implemented which reflects the Trust’s policy to engage services users and their carers in all aspects of their care and treatment.
Training and supervision
The Highly Specialist Family and Systemic Psychotherapist will oversee an annual training plan provided to CAMHS staff and will co facilitate training for staff as appropriate. The postholder will also ensure there is access to individual, peer and/or family clinic based supervision for all staff trained in different levels of family work and family therapy. In turn the postholder will access line management and clinical supervision relevant to their professional qualification and managerial role.
There will be a mix of working from home using video platforms and face to face working and the successful applicant will need to be able to travel between sites within this large rural county.
For informal enquiries about this post please contact
Amy Butler Head of Service - Children and Young People Mental Health Services
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