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Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Shooters Hill
£56,388 to £62,785 a year pa inc
Closing date
28 May 2024

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We seek to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Family and Systemic psychotherapist to join our energetic and dynamic Greenwich Adolescent Team.Greenwich CAMHS is currently in the process of redesigning its Service Model to align with the Thrive framework, a nationally recognised approach, to help us deliver timely, responsive and needs based mental health interventions for the children and young people in Greenwich.

The successful candidate will deliver high quality, evidence based, systemic psychotherapy service to young people between the ages of 12 -18 years, their families, carers and professional networks. You will become part of a well-established and resourced family therapy team and work along family therapy colleagues in our family therapy workshops and systemic consultation group.

There are excellent opportunities to contribute to the development, implementation and audit services for families with children presenting with highly challenging behaviours. You will have ample opportunities for continuing professional development through supervision, training and regular local and trust wide meetings of the family therapists and systemic practitioners.

Our service sits within culturally diverse Greenwich and offers a rich and stimulating environment from where to work. There is free parking, local park and very good public transport link with buses and trains.

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly specialist systemic assessment of referrals of a significant and complex nature in order to formulate and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a child's or adolescent's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence.

To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the child, family or group, and their difficulties.

To act as care coordinator, as required, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of care plans and giving consideration to the views of patients, their family, carers, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care. This includes organising complex professional network meetings.

To take part in the systemic psychotherapy training clinic of the locality team, providing systemic live supervision in the team as agreed with the Head of Systemic Psychotherapy and the Principal Family Therapist in the Borough Service.

To contribute to the provision of clinical placements for trainee Systemic Psychotherapists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.

To contribute to overall service delivery and development as required.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for implementing a range of systemic psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and their families, including couples and groups, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses in reaching a formulation and treatment plan. Interventions may include family therapy, individual work, chairing professionals and network meetings, liaising with other agencies, observations of patients in different settings, and the use of a range of systemic models.

To provide highly specialist consultation, supervision advice and guidance to other professionals working with families both within the service and in partner agencies. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involved with highly complex, emotive and often conflictual issues such as those involving child protection, deliberate self harm, violence, trauma, suicide risk, criminal offending behaviour, sexualised behaviour, and mental health problems of parents.

To work in accordance with CAMHS and team objectives by adhering to Trust and Directorate policies, including risk assessment in all work, ensuring care plans are in place, recording up to date, attending and contributing a systemic view in case discussion and team meetings.

To take part in the systemic psychotherapy training clinic of the locality team, providing systemic live supervision in the team as agreed with the Head of Systemic Psychotherapy and the Principal Family Therapist in the Borough Service.

To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the development of systemic professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit including CYP-IAPT principles.

To advise both service and professional management on all aspects of the service where systemic and/or organisational matters need addressing.

To manage the workloads of supervisees, within the framework of team policies and procedures and oversee clinical standards.

To communicate complex clinical information in a skilled and sensitive manner information including assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and to monitor progress during the course of uni- and multi-disciplinary treatment.

Person Specification



  • 3+ years experience working as a family therapist



  • Relevant qualification as Family therapist



  • Experience working with CYP

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Greenwich CAMHS

Highpoint House

Shooters Hill

SE18 3RZ

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