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B7 Family Therapist - Adult services (Early intervention in Psychosis)

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Early Intervention in Psychosis

Band 7 Family Therapist - Adult services (Early intervention in Psychosis)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a systemic family therapist with excellent practitioner skills and demonstrated expertise and knowledge of working with people experiencing psychosis, bipolar and associated difficulties to join our psychological therapy service.

You will join a well-established and supportive Early Intervention in Psychosis service for people aged between 18-65 who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis and their families. The team is a friendly, diverse, and collaborative multi-disciplinary team which highly values the contribution of Systemic Therapy and offers NICE concordant care, which includes an emphasis on access to Family Interventions for Psychosis.

The service is based at Greenland Road, which is in the centre of Camden Town, with great transport links and amenities.

Main duties of the job

You will work directly with families from a wide range of diverse backgrounds, providing tailored assessment, formulation, consultation, and interventions. You will work closely with MDT colleagues and other agencies to provide psychologically informed care, through joint working, training, consultation, and reflective practice. You would be expected to practice as an independent clinician and work autonomously within professional guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service.You would be working within a supportive psychology team and under supervision and management of a Band 8a Systemic Family Therapist.

Alongside systemic family therapy our service also uses behavioural Family Intervention in Psychosis (FI-p) approaches. The successful applicant will work alongside these approaches and advise on which approach is more appropriate as needed. Training is available in one of these FI-p approaches to supplement your skills if required.

Ideally you would have previous experience of working with adults with psychosis and their families, but we also welcome applications from candidates interested in making the transition from Children's to Adult services.

The post requires UKCP registration. If there is a delay in gaining UKCP registration, initial appointment as a Band 6 Family Therapist will apply. This can be followed by progression to Band 7 upon UKCP registration. The post is full-time but part-time hours and flexible working will be considered.

About us

You would be joining a vibrant community of psychological therapists in community psychosis services, drawing on a range of approaches including CBTp, Family interventions and systemic therapies, third wave therapies, and other approaches. We are committed to providing regular and high-quality supervision as well as excellent opportunities for continued professional development.

The Trust is a Trauma-informed Organisation and uses a trauma-informed approach in all its work with staff and service users. It has active programmes to support diversity in the workforce and anti-discriminatory practice, a flexible working policy and excellent access to CPD opportunities. We have close links with local training organisations and have trainees on placement working under supervision.

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

The post holder may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust. The Trust reserves the right to require staff to work at such other places or locations as it considers reasonable and necessary on a temporary or permanent basis.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full Job Description and Person Specification for further details.

For further details / informal visits contact:


Paola Lopez Rodriguez

Job title

Highly Specialist Family Therapist

Email address

Telephone number


Additional contact information

Please get in touch for further information and to express an interest. Paola works for the Trust: Mondays to Thursdays (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.)

Person Specification

Education/Qualification/Professional Registration


  • Professional qualification in social work, psychiatry, psychology, nursing (mental health nursing and other nursing specialities which require a counselling role), occupational therapy, speech / language therapy or counselling that meet AFT Training in Family Therapy Entry Requirements
  • Further AFT-accredited qualification in family therapy / systemic psychotherapy or equivalence meeting the UKCP criteria for 'grandparent' and 'APEL' qualification as systemic psychotherapist.
  • Current membership / registration with UKCP as systemic family therapist / psychotherapist



  • Experience of working with clients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of family work in different cultural contexts
  • Significant previous relevant clinical experience and family work experience in adult mental health contexts


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Significant previous relevant clinical experience and family work experience in adult mental health contexts



  • Skills in the use of a range of methods of family assessment, intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health services, including challenging behaviours.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.



  • Well-developed knowledge of different current approaches to family interventions for people with psychosis and other severe mental health problems
  • Knowledge of human growth and development, mental health and illness
  • Knowledge of statutory frameworks, including child protection
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by relevant regulatory and professional bodies


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health



  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.

Personal Qualities


  • An ability to form good working relationships with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • An awareness and sensitivity to the experience of diversity in the work setting.
  • An ability to read and hear about trauma.
  • An ability to respond professionally and sensitively to service-users who are anxious, angry or distressed.
  • An ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines in-line with service needs.
  • An ability to work safely, independently and reliably.
  • An ability to seek help when needed and communicate effectively with supervisors and managers.
  • Interest in working with people presenting with first episode psychosis
  • Flexible and positive approach to changing circumstances
  • Willing to engage in training to meet the needs of this client group
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Ability to recognise signs of stress and seek the appropriate support
  • Ability to identify own developmental needs and take responsibility for personal development

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


Camden & Islington Foundation NHS Trust

4 Greenland Road



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