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Family Therapist-CAMHS Eating Disorder Service

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
25 May 2024

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity to join a very busy Hereford & Worcestershire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service requiring flexibility, problem solving skills and a desire to make a difference. This is a multidisciplinary team consisting of Consultant Child psychiatrists, RMNs, psychologists and Family Therapists. You will be part of the eating disorder service, inputting into clinical pathways and supporting Children and Young People experiencing an eating disorder whilst providing specialist advice and consultation on systemic formulations and practice to CAMHS colleagues. The post holder will be a qualified systemic psychotherapist, providing specialist systemic psychotherapy services to children, young people and their families and consultation to the professional network bringing a systemic perspective to all aspects of the work. You will have a proven ability to liaise and work in collaboration with other relevant agencies according to the needs of the young person.

Main duties of the job

Identify, analyse, and interpret complex clinical facts.

Work autonomously and as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing generic and specialist systemic psychotherapy assessments, therapy, care planning and interventions.

Provide specialist advice and consultation on systemic formulations and practice to CAMHS colleagues and in family therapy teamwork with own workplace.

Represent Family Therapy at strategic level meetings within and across agencies on issues relating to family therapy.

Take responsibility for initiating and coordinating the work programme for the Family Therapy Clinic within own workplace.

Contribute to clinical teams, both multidisciplinary and undiscipline through the development of appropriate and collaborative care plans.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide specialist mental health and specialist systemic psychotherapy and family therapy services to the CAMHS Eating Disorder Service and CAMHS team, participating fully in the work of the multi-disciplinary team and bringing a systemic perspective and expertise to all aspects of this work.

Provide generic and specialist systemic assessments of clients and their families referred to the service, based upon the appropriate use of specialist clinical skills with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

Be responsible for implementing a range of systemic psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals, carers, families, adjusting and refining systemic formulations as appropriate and drawing upon a wide range of models, approaches and techniques within systemic practice and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

Attend team MDT, formulation, clinical supervision provide specialist systemic consultation, advice and guidance to other professionals.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Entry level masters equivalent dual qualifications and experience
  • First post-graduate qualification in appropriate mental health/
  • social welfare profession e.g., social worker/nurse/psychologist or AFT agreed equivalent plus
  • Masters qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT accredited equivalent (usually 4 years academic study, assessed clinical training and supervised practice including the full range of models within systemic practice and life span development)
  • Eligible for UKCP registration
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to very my qualification at point of offer.


  • Training in other relevant therapeutic modalities

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour.
  • Role modelling good behaviour.
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback.
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Skills in using complex methods of specialist systemic assessment, intervention, and clinical management in a range of contexts frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration and maintaining a restricted position for long periods.
  • Ability to exercise autonomous responsibility making clinical judgments in highly complex, challenging, and emotive situations interpreting Trust policies and working within professional guidelines.
  • Ability to provide specialist therapeutic packages of care regarding a range of mental health problems within a tier 3 service.
  • Ability to contribute to research, audit, teaching, and training.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to provide specialist advice and consultation on systemic formulations and practice to colleagues in other disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in liaison with other agencies and in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to work in complex situations, to manage risk and deal sensitively with stress.
  • Ability to maintain high standards of record keeping including electronic data entry and recording.
  • Skills in presentation and ability to use a variety of multi-media materials.
  • Ability to conduct research projects and audit.
  • Ability to use supervision effectively.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise and keep high standards of record keeping.
  • Physical skills for manipulation in use of video equipment/IT


  • Advanced IT skills



  • Relevant practice in first profession plus clinical experience as above
  • Experience of working with children, young people and their families
  • Some experience of working with different client groups
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working in a family therapy team


  • Experience of working with eating disorders
  • Experience of working in a CAMHS setting
  • Experience of working in multi-cultural contexts
  • Experience of conducting research
  • Experience of teaching and training



  • Ability to contribute to the development and evaluation of the teams operational policies and services.
  • Broad knowledge of relevant theories and practice in child development and child protection including relevant legislation in the field of mental health, children, and families
  • Knowledge of ethical issues and commitment to anti-discriminatory practice
  • Knowledge of research design, methodology and data analysis


  • Specialist knowledge and experience of working with a specific client group or mental health presentation.
  • Knowledge of current developments in CAMHS

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post.
  • Ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy using excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress.

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Kings Court 1

Charles Hastings Way




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