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Systemic Family Psychotherapist EIP

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to join Bradford District Care Foundation Trusts Early Intervention Psychosis service as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist. The successful applicant will play an active role in shaping and supporting the work the service undertakes with service users and families.

Bradford EIP is a nationally recognised, top performing mental health service, specialising in the support of people with, or at risk of developing psychosis. The successful applicant will be joining a supportive, forward-thinking service with a rich history for delivering high quality care through a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual approach.

We are looking to recruit the right person for the role and in doing so are also offering the role to those currently undertaking the Systemic Family Therapy MSc on an initial fixed term development Band 6 preceptorship before progressing to Band 7 . To apply in this capacity, candidates must currently be in year 1 of the MSc, graduating in 2025.

Interviews have provisionally been identified to take place week commencing 3rd June, this may however be subject to change.

Main duties of the job

A core element of the role involves working systemically with social difference and diversity. The service works to a model of the whole MDT delivering Family Interventions. Our family offer range includes psychoeducation, carer support, structured family interventions and systemic psychotherapy.

The role involves a consultative and training role in supporting the team with their skills and confidence in working with families. You will work within a team approach and closely with the family intervention lead and carer development support worker. The role will contribute to supporting research students/clinicians.

We are looking for someone with:
  • An interest in working with people with psychosis and their carers and/or family members
  • Good core clinical skills, including familiarity with assessing, formulating and treating psychosis
  • An interest in therapeutic group work and team reflective practice
  • An aptitude for working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to work creatively alongside colleagues to develop and deliver a service strategy for family interventions.

The service is a supportive and creative environment the Senior Team work closely to offer continuous guidance and support. We value the continuous development of all, Clinical Supervision and CPD is a priority within the Team.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description

Job responsibilities

We would welcome calls from interested candidates and answer any questions you may have, if you would to discuss the role or come and visit the service please do not hesitate to contact Mick Mesa Clinical Manager on 01274 221 021

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for further details about this role.

Person Specification



  • Formal qualification in Systemic Family Therapy
  • Accreditation (or working towards accreditation) with the relevant professional body, including through non-professional route (the position would be offered at a band 6 until accredited)


  • Previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW., Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience
  • Supervision qualification, in the relevant therapeutic modality



  • Experience of working with adults with mental health problems, including psychosis and/or experience of Early Intervention in Psychosis
  • Experience of utilising the Care Program Approach & risk management
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Application of evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service


  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice
  • Experience of taking lead roles in clinical practice/service development
  • Experience delivering psychological therapies to groups of patients
  • Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies



  • Competent clinical skills i.e. assessment, therapeutic interventions and management
  • Mental health assessment/formulation
  • Case prioritisation and workload management
  • Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with primary care practitioners, secondary mental health services and other agencies
  • Able to make autonomous decisions using judgement and to work effectively as part of a MDT
  • Key worker case management
  • Skills in risk assessment and risk management
  • High standards of record keeping
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Ability to work without direct supervision, though with access to regular supervision
  • Supervising learners and other staff


  • Skills in group work
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management



  • Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training
  • Research awareness
  • Understanding of the care programme approach and the Mental Health Act


  • Involvement in clinical research programmes

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Early Intervention Psychosis Service

Culture Fusion



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