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Family and Systemic Psychotherapist - Children & Young People

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata (18.75 hours per week)
Closing date
28 May 2024

Job Details

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! We have developed an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and now looking to appoint enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated locality and county-wide professional teams.

As a large community service, you will be joining a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This provides a real sense of professional collaboration at work, that will be an asset to your daily work, your career development and your support network.

We are excited to be advertising for Band 7 Family Therapist in our Mood, Emotions, and Relationships pathway (CAMHS). This post will be 18.75 hours per week and we will also consider those who are currently pursuing their qualifying training. Your role will revolve around providing vital therapeutic support within your specialised pathway.

Children and Family Health Devon, your day to day revolves around making a meaningful impact on the lives of those managing complex emotional and mental health challenges.

Main duties of the job

Your responsibilities are varied. You will conduct thorough assessments to identify the unique needs of families. These assessments provide the groundwork for developing personalised, evidence-based intervention.

Managing a caseload is central to your role. You will oversee cases and ensure steady progress while effectively managing any risks that may arise.

You will be a source of support and supervision for your fellow clinicians. Your role as a compassionate leader will contribute to their well-being and the overall effectiveness of the team.

You will work seamlessly with colleagues from various backgrounds and levels of experience to implement care strategies that are rooted in evidence. This collaborative effort ensures that every family receives the tailored support they need.

In addition to these responsibilities, you will be on the front line of delivering expert family therapy interventions. Your work will be tailored to the specific needs of each child, young person, and their family. This means a diverse caseload that will challenge and inspire you, providing ample room for professional growth and development.

At CFHD, your growth matters. We're committed to supporting your development through robust supervision training. This investment allows you to refine your supervision skills and offer guidance to trainees and colleagues from different disciplines. Our strong links with local training courses mean that learning is a continuous journey.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to consultation with our service users and communities.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification .

Information regarding the Managing Mood, Emotions and Relationships Pathway:

In this pathway, you will join a strong multi-disciplinary team, providing assessments and therapy to children with severe, chronic and enduring mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety-based disorders and Trauma.

You would work with children, young people and families to understand their experiences and presenting concerns in order to provide an appropriate evidence-based intervention and work closely with other agencies to support the best outcomes.

The multi-disciplinary teams are diverse including Clinical Psychology, Systemic Psychotherapists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, CBT Therapists, Psychiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists and Mental Health Practitioners from a range of backgrounds including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Creative Therapies. This offers the opportunity for rich and nourishing shared clinical thinking and support.

Person Specification



  • Masters level qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Active registration with the UKCP as a Systemic and Family Therapist


  • Post qualification specialist therapy / assessment training relevant to children and young people
  • Post qualification training or proven equivalent experience in supervision



  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working systemically with a range of children and young people with complex needs, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience in providing effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring their safety in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to attend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice
  • Experience of initiating, attending and contributing to multi-professional and inter-agency meetings.
  • Experience of managing and processing emotionally distressing information, seeking support as required


  • Experience of undertaking specialist assessment and evidence-based systemic interventions, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Ability to travel across Devon and work in a variety of locations, e.g. clinic base, schools, home visits
  • High level knowledge of clinical presentations in children/young people

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust



Victoria Park Road



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