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Highly Specialised Psychotherapist - PD & CN Service

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
It is an exciting time to join EPUT as we continue to develop treatment pathways, new processes and therapeutic provisions to meet the needs of our clients with a diagnosis or traits of personality disorder. The Personality Disorder and Complex Needs MDT seeks to recruit a band 8a Family Therapist to the team. Systemic Family therapy is considered to be a vital contribution to a comprehensive provision for our clients.

The post holder will have a caseload providing family/couples therapy. You will have clinical autonomy supported appropriately by the MDT and supervision.

The PD& CN team continues to drive the transformation of delivery of care. This post offers varied opportunities to use systemic theory, practice and your skills via providing training, formulation, clinical case management thinking in the 'Multi-Agency Fora,' and working with colleagues to enhance therapeutic working relationships.

Systemic Family Therapy is a highly valued provision across the Trust, it is recognised as a vital provision for this client group and is being developed further. The successful candidate will join a group of systemic psychotherapists/family therapists across the Trust who are supported by the new development of lead for this staff group. Supervision is provided as well as involvement in a clinical discussion forum. CPD is encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate experience working with clients with a diagnosis of EUPD and their families. This includes relevant theoretical understanding of EUPD, trauma and the ability to work with this distress within the relationship context.

The post holder needs to flexible, interested in a post that is varied you will have opportunities for creativity in your engagement with services. The Systemic Family Therapist will be involved in developing formulations with clients and families, providing systemic support for colleagues in locality teams, working jointly with PD& CN colleagues, providing training and participating in locality 'Multi-Agency Fora' amongst other duties. The MAF, initiated by the PD& CN team, provide a forum for the discussion and coordination of needs of complex clients across services and agencies. Systemic thinking has been a valued contribution.

The successful post holder will have the opportunity to provide experiential Systemic Family Therapy learning via the reflecting team by offering this clinical practice as a learning opportunity for appropriate colleagues.

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 landscape of mental health provision is changing and EPUT is committed to working with partners and all colleagues in developing an outstanding service. There has been significant transformation of service pathways to enable greater integration of cohesive and comprehensive services for our clients.

This post is embedded in the PD& CN team. This is a multi-professional team including psychologists, psychotherapists, a social worker, psychosocial nurse and assistant psychologists support. The Service User Network is an aspect of the provision and brings an exciting dimension to our work.

You will join a team of colleagues all with a commitment to the continued development services that is responsive to client need, is trauma informed and is informed by a relational understanding of both therapy and our engagement with our clients. Your role will involve providing family therapy to clients with complex family presentations. The post holder will also work with colleagues to support the engagement of families appropriately in the treatment planning, formulation

This is an exciting and diverse role that will enable the continued development of the successful candidate. It is a senior position, the post holder will support the management and continued development of the service. The work pattern is hybrid, in negotiation with the team manager.

The successful post holder will need to demonstrate their ability to be client focused, understand what is meant by trauma informed care, use this and their systemic orientation in clinical thinking and interactions with colleagues, carers and other stakeholders at all times.

Person Specification

Education / Skills


  • Recognised highly specialist formal training to Masters Level or equivalent in Systemic Family Therapy and UKCP Registration.
  • 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. development and psychopathology


  • Ability to manage service across multiple locations, providing therapy to meet client and service need including individual, couple, family and client with service interventions.
  • Experience in providing highly specialist Family and Couples Therapy to complex clients presenting with EUPD.



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

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Basildon MHU


SS16 5NL

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