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Systemic Family Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Wide
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
It is an exciting time to join EPUT as we develop treatment pathways, new processes and therapeutic provision to meet the needs of our clients with a diagnosis or traits of personality disorder. Systemic Family therapy is a vital contribution to this. This role is a new development in the transformation agenda. The post holder will support clients in the vulnerable transition between ward and home. This can be a difficult time for families and risk can be heightened. The Family Therapist will start their engagement with clients and families while the client is on the ward and support them at discharge. Practitioners will be working across inpatient, crisis and community teams within the named localities, allowing for a whole systems approach, unencumbered by usual service divides. The transition will be safer for client and family. The decision to continue the therapy with the family in the community is a clinical one and can be continued as is agreed by family and therapist.

Clinically, the roles will be overseen and supervised by the Consultant Psychotherapist and Family Therapist leading the Personality Disorder and Complex Needs team. Practitioners will also regularly work with a wider network of systemic practitioners in the community across EPUT.

Main duties of the job

Operationally, the new family therapist will align with the Transitions Psychology team, a group of practitioners (psychologists and psychological therapists) using evidence based interventions in a trauma informed and user-led approach in order to reduce repeat or long term admissions to psychiatric hospitals. The roles present an exciting opportunity to work both directly and indirectly with Service Users who are requiring additional support in times of transition, most commonly from inpatient to community services. Our Service Users usually arrive with diagnoses of personality disorders and complex trauma we collaboratively formulate their difficulties in an integrative way, taking added complexities including dual diagnosis, social and economic stressors, attachment/interpersonal difficulties and complex trauma experiences into account.

These Family Therapist posts are newly funded, so they offer novel opportunities for role and service development, service user involvement and audit/service evaluation with a small but supportive and specialised team. Interventions are integrative and attachment/formulation-led, and the service allows for long-term and intensive work as needed. Excellent clinical, interpersonal, team working and risk assessment skills are required. The team are developing close working relationships with both inpatient, crisis and community teams, and the role would offer opportunities to teach, train, consult and supervise where appropriate.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank

Job description

Job responsibilities

The roles also attract many additional benefits. For the correct applicant, the posts can include up to �6000 in relocation grants and up to �6000 protected funding for CPD (in therapeutic approaches relevant to the role) within the first three years. We value staff wellbeing highly in what can be a challenging, but ultimately hugely rewarding, role: There is access to regular clinical supervision (including specialist therapy supervision facilitated externally), regular managerial supervision, and a peer supervision group.

If you are a Systemic Family Therapist who is looking for a role that allows you to focus first and foremost on your clients which offers challenge, support and development which values trauma informed, whole systems approaches and which places you friendly and dedicated like-minded colleagues, please give us a call to discuss.

As well as applicants from the UK, we encourage overseas candidates to apply for this role. We welcome diversity within our organisation. We can offer guidance for candidates coming from overseas about settling into working in the UK. We understand that, as an overseas candidate, you will have gone through excellent training in your country of origin and we encourage you to join us.


Applicants must have completed a full training in systemic family therapy or have a doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology and a recognised post graduate diploma in family therapy.

Please refer to the JD and PS for detailed responsibilities regarding the role.

Person Specification



  • Recognized highly specialist formal training to Masters Level or equivalent in Systemic Family Therapy and UKCP Registration.
  • Recognized qualification in one of the core mental health professions (e.g. nursing psychology, occupational therapy, social work) or extensive relevant work Extensive clinical experiences at post- qualification level minimum 4 years.



  • Knowledge of different pathways of care in terms of mental health provision in statutory and voluntary sectors.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies.
  • Knowledge of child protection and protection of vulnerable adults polices.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of systemic theory, that gives a clear and coherent understanding of social constructionist, systemic and other key a theories of interaction, relationship, human systems, normal development and psychopathology.
  • An understanding of the role of family therapy in the modern NHS health service.
  • Knowledge of other psychotherapeutic models in determining choice of treatment, suitability and the indication and contra-indications for different models and modalities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and treatments.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Basildon and Rochford

Trust Wide

SS16 5NL

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